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June 11, 2014

FFG Art Guild hosts annual Fine Arts Show

CROSSVILLE — The Fairfield Glade Art Guild held its fifth annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show opening at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC) on June 6. The show displayed representations from 39 artists in all mediums of visual arts from photography and paintings to ceramics and jewelry.

Stonehaus Winery set the precedence for the evening by donating their incredible artisan wines, including taster favorite Fairfield Red, for attendees to sip as they mingled. Piano playing by Kent Voss kept the conversations flowing as plates filled with hor d’oeuvres were served. The imaginative pieces of artistry were breathtakingly captivating. Participating artists brought their supportive families and friends to include them in the anticipation of the judge’s results.

The FFG Art Guild invited Marcia Goldenstein to be the judge and jury for the 2014 Fine Arts Show. Goldenstein holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. She has received many distinguished awards for her artistry and has had her work displayed in many galleries and museums in collections, judged shows, invitational shows, and solo exhibits. Goldenstein has been a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art since 1976.

Art supporter, Kathleen MacFarlene said, “I am here because I appreciate good art.”

Nina Hardison and Tess Sullentrup co-chaired the event and, with their capable hands, provisioned the artists with an immaculate event to show their work. Guests poured over the opportunity to see the grandest artwork on the plateau and broaden their visual mindscapes.

Hardison and Sullentrup presented the awards for honorable mention after thanking event sponsors, First National Bank, Stonehaus, The Art and Frame Shop, Mikki’s Frame Shop, and Jerry’s Artarama. Honorable Mentions: John Anderson for his eye-catching watercolor piece entitled “French Cat at Viviers,” Linda Farber for her unique jewelry pin “Old Clinton Mill,” Sallie Guy for her vibrant watercolor “Florida Pond,” Jerry Sparks for his brilliant acrylic on canvas “Shenandoah Morning,” Mikal Ullius for her illustrious bead embroidery on a pillow “Grasshopper,” and Le Voss for her impressive painting “Vidalia.”

After receiving Honorable Mention, Jerry Sparks jested, “Thank you so much! Now, I need to sell it!”

Hardison and Sullentrup also presented the FFG Art Guild Scholarship winner, Brouquelle Deck, who entered this, her first show, and was the youngest participant.

On behalf of First National Bank of Tennessee, which sponsored the prize allotments, Larry Henson and Pam Winningham presented the winners of the FFG Art Guild Judged and Juried Show with their awards. Best of Show given to Barbara Johnson for her candid and lively oil on canvas “Where to Go from Here,” depicting a warehouse setting and all the things one doesn’t need that filled it. Johnson’s painting was personable and took a laughably friendly approach to cleaning the outbuilding. First place was awarded to Eric Beuchel for his diograph print “Dunkin’ Donut Coffee Creamer.” The Warhol-esque illustration was loud and appealing. Veronica Fay took second place for her triptych photography “The Three Rustateers.” This charming display of rusty, classic cars put out to pasture in a series of three photographs tickled the fancy of men and women alike. The intense coloration and sweeping nostalgia evoked the romance of memory in each viewer. Third place was given to Dena Whitener for her detailed and persuasive colored pencil drawing “A Feather’s Not a Bird.” Whitener’s piece quietly made a bold statement. The unique texture of her design gave it an almost wallpapered look while the angles of the stair, positioning and shadow of the bird told an important story in hushed voices. 

Photographer, Thomas Whitehurst, did not receive an award of distinction at the show for his two unique and striking photographs on canvas. He did, however, get the greatest compliment an artist can receive- he sold one of his entries. 

All of the artwork was so distinctive and inspiring. The FFG Art Guild would like to invite anyone who enjoys and appreciates visual arts to join them in its quest to facilitate a love of art by provisioning members with creative activities, classes, workshops, and opportunities to show and sell their work. Such classes include “Oriental Painting for Fun” with Ella Camp on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. These and other exciting activities, as well as the fellowship and support of other area artists await you. For more information contact PCAC at 707-7249.

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