About the Avant-Garage Sale:

The Avant-Garage Sale is the annual destination for visitors to explore the gallery vaults through a boutique and affordable arts market, featuring a Collectors Choice Area, including a collection of 10 original folk art wood sculptures by O.L. Samuels, a selection of iconic rock and roll posters, and other original rarely-seen artwork from private collections. Vintage pieces are always a primary part of the sale, featuring tables, a wooden file drawer and printer’s cabinet, vinyl albums, CD’s, art books, miscellaneous frames, along with a variety of other small and large items. Even the most avid connoisseurs will be surprised by some of the items in this year’s collection. 

According to gallery owner Anne Brown, “The Avant-Garage Sale has become one of our most popular annual events at The Arts Company. From rare artwork from private collections to vintage handmade furniture gems to the most unusual pieces of folk art, this year’s sale offers opportunities to discover a diversity of favorites at affordable prices. In addition, we’ve added the Avant-Garage Auction as a sneak peak of the sale, giving another element of surprise to this once-a-year chance to explore our gallery archives and add to your personal collections.” 

Short Preview of Items for Sale

Continuing until August 8

The Juggling Act

The Juggling Act


Daryl Thetford offers fresh perspectives to The Arts Company.  He uses thousands of images he has captured from urban places such as crumbling walls, grafitti, signs, etc. He uses a collection of these images as an urban background for all of his finished pieces. His images come together through his layering of his own images. He creates narratives based on classical themes that are given new life in our urban culture. The resulting photographs are printed on aluminum in small editions and coated by his hand three times to protect and brighten the surfaces, again to reflect the effect of urban life as we know it. His finished photographs come across as narratives that are embedded in the images.


Daryl 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's 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. The process begins with Thetford selecting a single, original photographic image followed by a digital layering and combining of dozens of additional original photographs. It is a process, which takes an average of 40 hours. His resulting images range from culturally familiar individual pieces (bikes, cowboys, guitars, cityscapes) to more esoteric series' based on man's inner struggle with modern society or the human sense of isolation in the noise of the modern world. 

Thetford's recent exhibits include a solo show at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis; an invitation-only group show at the Annenberg Space in Los Angeles; a solo show at the Jung Center in Houston, Texas; and an upcoming show at the Coffman Gallery at the University of Minnesota. His work has also been shown at SOFA Contemporary, Art Dallas, Art Chicago, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art  and others, and is in a number of individual and corporate collections across the nation.

 Daryl currently lives with his wife, writer and artist Dana Shavin in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They enjoy travel, great food, great art, and the company of good friends.