Opening During First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown Nashville
June 7, 6-9PM
The exhibitions continue through June 28, 2014
Denise Stewart Sanabria | Culinary Drama: New Paintings and Sculpture
In Culinary Drama: New Paintings and Sculpture - Humans do things that amaze, entertain, and occasionally horrify Stewart-Sanabria. If she documented them literally, she would, according to her, probably have constant censorship issues. As a solution to this dilemma, she uses food as a stand in for humans, “figuring that not only would it be amusing, it could even be delicious!” Over the years, she has impaled maraschino cherries on nails, had pears enact Inquisition scenes, and encouraged donuts to enact the seven deadly sins and various fertility rites. This year’s exhibit will offer even more inventive perspectives! The paintings are over-sized versions of still lifes with all the markings of an experienced painter.
About the Artist:
Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville, TN since 1986. Recent exhibits include: Continuāre: The Figurative Tradition in Contemporary Art at Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the 55th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN, In the Flesh, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, The 26th Tallahassee International, at the Florida State Museum of Fine Arts, 2012 Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, 2012: Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, American Art Today:Figures, at The Bascom, Highlands, NC, and "From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands", at the William King Museum, Abingdon, VA, 2013
Edie Maney | Liquid Light: A New Series of Paintings
In Liquid Light: A New Series of Paintings by Edie Maney - this new series of 14 paintings by Edie Maney were specifically influenced by her recent trip to France. The underlying theme of the exhibit is to present her version of how Paris as the renowned "City of Light" influenced her emotional response as a painter, leading her to define her reaction through paint on canvas. Over the years, Maney has developed her own style of abstract painting, laying down a base of heavy gel for texture followed by layers of liquid acrylics on top. From there, she chases and merges colors and shapes, using wood, cloths and paper. She ends up with a palette of colors and shapes that resonate with viewers, who respond quickly to her colors and compositions. Of all of these, color is her passion. Blending and shaping color is a priority for her; thus this new series devoted to the shifts of color in “the City of Light” as she has experienced it in her own travels.
About the Artist:
Edie Maney began painting 25 years ago, while working professionally as a social worker with a degree in social work from the University of Georgia. She began as an artist by taking art classes and attending workshops with national and local artists. Her work continues to evolve as she actively seeks out and experiments with new ideas and techniques. Her paintings have set an energetic tone for many residences and businesses that have purchased her work.