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Tennessee artists color festival

Members of the Tennessee Artist Association “set up shop” at the Dogwood Arts Festival on the Green Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 3, adding an array of color to a weather weekend that turned out to be partially gray.

The association originating in 1970 currently has more than 150 members. The group, who gathers at Westminster Presbyterian Church (6500 Northshore Drive) on the third Tuesday of the month, is a compilation of painters, sculptors, fine crafters and photographers. They have several former art teachers among its members and promote the Scholastic Art program throughout Knox County Schools. Sketches and paintings from Farragut Intermediate School students were on display in the artists’ tent.

Jeanne and Art Costello were among the 50 members who participated in the festival. They displayed beaded jewelry and framed photography respectively and said the association is a good place to promote their work and learn from other artists.

“We do one to two shows like this a year,” Jeanne said. “We also participate in a juried show, which is where a jury decides which pieces of art will be on display.”

Artist Deborah Cain worked on her latest “collage effect” creation during the festival. Cain, who has been the piano/organ player at her church in Sevierville for 20 years, incorporates music into all of her works of art.

“The collage effect technique is something that I learned in a three-day seminar,” she said. “The process involves painting the canvas with water color paint and then ‘carving’ the picture by removing the paint.”

Cain also adds three-dimensional objects to her paintings such as sheet music and keys from a dismantled piano.

Association member B.J. Clark is a former librarian who said she has been painting since 1978. A native Knoxvillian, Clark specializes in “historic Knoxville” paintings. Her Market Square creations are a combination of researching old photographs and childhood memories.

“I remember the old Miller’s annex store … the JC Penney’s and the shoe store,” she said. “The original market place was a brick building and it was torn down. Many people aren’t aware of that.”

Cain said that her research has allowed her to replicate historical structures in a factual manner.

“I researched the market place building for three days and found the exact color of the brick,” she said.

Cain’s artwork is on display in many galleries throughout Knoxville and in Hilton Head, S.C.

Members of the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce were guests of the Tennessee Artists Association Friday evening and were treated to the music of Wood, Wind and Wire, and snacks and desserts from Catering by Joanna.

Many artists had to “scramble” for protection for their artwork when a storm blew through Farragut right at closing time. Visitors and Chamber members who were stranded by the rain gathered plastic, spread hay in water-soaked areas and tied the exits with rope to prevent rain from entering the tent.

Artists arrived at 11 a.m., Saturday prepared for a dryer but chillier day. Families, food vendors, crafters and children’s activities filled the shopping center in this pre-Dogwood Arts celebration of spring.


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