Guild member Kim Phillips will be exhibiting her work from March 1 through April 14 at the Guild’s gallery in Cowan. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, March 1 at 5:00 pm; refreshments will be served.
The theme of the show, “Olio,” refers to the fact that the exhibit includes many objects that are unalike: paintings, graphite, clay, mosaic, pastels, and more. Said Ms. Phillips, “Most professional artists stick to one medium, and for over a dozen years I did only papercut art. But there are so many things that capture my attention and plenty of good teachers to inspire me.” Teachers are, in fact, given special mention in this art show.
Promoting the arts in Franklin County and beyond is a primary mission of the Franklin County Arts Guild. Ms. Phillips, as the Guild’s workshop coordinator, is aware of the influence teachers can have on artists. “For example,” said Ms. Phillips, “skills learned in one medium can be helpful in others. What I learned about composition and color in papercutting apply very well in mosaics and even in Zentangle.” She continued, "I hope every artist in the Guild who can teach a creative skill will sign up to do that. Helping others develop their artistic talents is one of the most satisfying things an artist can do."
Ms. Phillips, a Nashville native, moved to the Cowan area about three years ago. "What was so surprising to me," she said, "is how many artists live and work in this area. While our arts guild may be small compared to some, it's mighty. We have shows for students, members and the community at large, we give a scholarship each year, we offer classes, and we get together to do art every Wednesday. We are all volunteers, and you won't find a more dedicated bunch of people."
The Artisan Depot is located at 204 Cumberland Street East in Cowan, Tennessee. More information is available at www.franklincoarts.org
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