By Kay Dillon
Two of the more experienced artists from the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade are the exhibitors at the Palace Theatre in Crossville for the month of February.
Barbara Rogers is co-president of the Art Guild and has won a number of prizes for her colored pencil drawings.
Colored pencil can be long and tedious hours of work as a picture is produced through layers upon layers of color. Barb’s work can frequently be seen in the monthly art exhibits at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Dr., Fairfield Glade. Rogers recently had a personal exhibit at the art gallery.
Another main interest of the artist is gardening, which is perhaps why she does flowers so well. Her picture of a pair of “Pink Lady Slippers” appealed to me because it was beautifully done. (Drawn? Painted? Pastels and colored pencil works have some aspects of both). My woods along the creek have a few Lady Slippers every spring. These little orchids need pine needles (Note: Rogers had these in the picture) for just the right amount of drainage, water, shade and a dollop of sun in order to bloom. Never transplant — their special needs are why they are so rare. So look, admire, and perhaps buy an artist’s painting, but leave these pink jewels where they are!
Donna Slinkard is the co-coordinator for Exhibits and Shows, another time consuming and sometimes under appreciated job. Of course, if no one took on this difficult task, there would be no exhibits.
I have seen most of Donna’s Palace work elsewhere, but she does a marvelous job of combining the past with the present. Slinkard uses her ability of create clear, realistic-looking glass. I don’t know where she collected all those old fashioned bottles, and I suspect some are hand-blown glass. She certainly puts them to good use. “Peek-a-Boo” with the immense green glass bottle shows a child peering from the other side of the glass. The child seems like a genie frozen forever in green glass. I’m not sure what the green glass bottle was used for because all such modern day large vessels are made of boring, thin, white plastic — lighter, easier to handle but most emphatically not beautiful.
The portrait of a “Young Gentleman” definitely came at a time when people would have said, “A Hippie, what is that?” “All That Jazz” with its porcelain statue and fringed throw dropped table depicts the 1920s or 1930s perhaps.
All told, this exhibit combines nature and nostalgia — that which once existed — that which still exists — but unless we take care may soon become a thing of the past.