Setting the Stage for Fresh Art Summer at The Arts Company

June 4-21

Setting the Stage for Fresh Art Summer at The Arts Company features new work by Daryl Thetford (photography), Phillipe Guillerm (sculpture), and Edward Belbusti (sculpture).  The exhibition will officially open during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on June 4, 6PM-9PM; continuing through June 21, during regular gallery hours, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday. 

“In Arts Company style, summer is always about fresh new work from new and continuing gallery artists, this year including photography, painting, and sculpture—indoors and out,” remarked Anne Brown, owner of the The Arts Company.  “We are addicted to the zest and promise of summer, and present new work to showcase the kinds of things to come the rest of the year, culminating in our 20th gallery birthday in December.  That’s why we are calling this exhibition Setting the Stage for Fresh Art Summer."

Official Press Release: June 4-21: Setting the Stage for Fresh Art Summer

About the artists:

Daryl Thetford

Thetford grew up on a hundred-acre farm in Bradford, Tennessee, a small town in the rural northwest corner of the state. His father was a forklift operator who worked in a warehouse, and his mother was a beautician. While they encouraged their son to pursue so-called “practical” avenues of work, they also recognized an early artistic bent, and enrolled him in oil painting lessons–which he loved–at age nine. Although he went on to obtain a graduate degree in counseling from Murray State University, and spent 15 years working as a vocational program director, mental health center manager, and a therapist, his creative juices never dried up. In 2001, when Thetford left mental health to return to his first love, art, he discovered that the psychology of behavior and emotion–everything he’d been studying and practicing for years–flowed neatly into his artistic process. The result is a compelling body of photo collage work that is informed by the richness of the psyche.

Daryl Thetford is an artist working in photography-based digital media and collage. His work has been described as graphic, modern, pop, and contemporary, although what to actually call the process has been a larger source of debate; it has been called photo collage, digital art, and digital mixed media.

In 2016 Thetford will have a solo exhibit, Where We Are : Reflections on Self and Society at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. Also in 2016 his work will be included in the invitational group exhibits Contemporary South 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina; Take Ten: The Gallery Celebrates a Decade of Contemporary Art at The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; and in a solo show at The Arts Company in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2015 Thetford’s solo exhibit and artist talk, “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time”, was featured in the national publication, The Blouin Gallery Guide. The exhibit ran from July 9, 2015 to August 9, 2015 at The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Following the exhibit, the college added the piece, Man on Fire, ( 2015 digital media, 54” x 36”) to its permanent collection. Thetford also had a solo exhibit entitled “Inspired Chaos” at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Gallery in Minneapolis and, as a follow-up to his successful 2014 solo show, The Arts Company created a two-person show featuring his work alongside sculptor John Petrey.

In 2014 Thetford’s work was featured on the catalog cover for Artscapes, the exhibit and live auction at the Knoxville Museum of Arts in Knoxville,Tennessee. He was also featured in a solo show, “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time” at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis’s Caseworks Gallery, and in a four-person show at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado (”Reflections and Resolutions: Creating New Worlds in Digital Collage”).

In 2012, the Annenberg Space for Photography director Patricia Lanzainvited Thetford to participate in Digital Darkroom: Altered Realities, a slide show exhibit exploring work “at the intersection of art and technology.”  He was one of 28 artists invited to participate in this invitation-only event. Also in 2012 Thetford had a solo exhibition, “Seven Questions”, at the Jung Center in Houston, Texas and at the Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts in Florence, Alabama. In  2011 he had a solo exhibit at Tanner-Hill Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Thetford’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States including SOFA Contemporary; ART Chicago; Art Dallas; artMRKT Contemporary and Modern Art Fair in San Francisco; the Alexandria Museum of Art (Louisiana); the Knoxville Museum of Art (Tennessee); the Mobile Museum of Art (Alabama); College of St Elizabeth in New Jersey; and Open Concept Gallery for the SMart Multimedia Festival (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

In addition to exhibits, Thetford has had numerous corporate placements including commissioned works for a luxury hotel (Hotel at The University of Maryland in College Park); works for ESA Architectural in Nashville, Tennessee’s new national headquarters; and 4 pieces for Pinnacle Financial Partners. Arrow Electronics, an international corporation headquartered in Denver, Colorado and DMACC in Des Moines, Iowa also commissioned pieces for 2015.  Thetford has also had numerous residential placements.

Edward Belbusti

Born in 1954, Edward Belbusti studied Architecture at Virginia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1981.  Prior to moving to Nashville in 1989, he worked as an architect in New York and Baltimore. In Nashville he worked for many years as University Architect at Vanderbilt University.  He retired from architecture and began his career as a sculptor in 2011. Even though retired from the field; he admits that architecture still plays a strong role in his artwork – especially in the freedom of expression of his own designs and concepts.  

"I use my 30 years of experience in architecture as the foundation of my thinking about form.  I imagine the possibility of each sculpture existing in many different scales – from a desktop piece to a large public sculpture or an entire building. The vocabulary of my work is the clay slab along with the occasional use of steel and wood which I deform in various ways to explore the balance, tension, and structure of the piece as well as the interplay between the components within the piece. In some pieces, I use surface texture and color to suggest that the piece could be made of steel, wood, plastic, or another generic material.  In a similar way, the scale of the piece is meant to be ambiguous, thus creating in the viewer’s imagination, the possibility of a monumentally scaled piece. In the Touch Series, I use the clay in an entirely different way.  I use smooth terracotta clay burnished to a high polish.  This gives a highly sensual feeling to the piece that the viewer is invited to experience tactically as well as visually." - Edward Belbusti