La Mia Roma

. . . photography by Tammy Smithers

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March 5, 2015

The Framemaker proudly presents “La Mia Roma” a photography exhibit by Dr. Tammy Smithers. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on March 5, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of March during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Dr. Tammy Smithers is Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University. She earned the PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History from Temple University in 2012, specializing in Michelangelo. She travels to central Italy regularly for research where she documents her experiences through digital photography. As an art historian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, she creates visual art for her own pleasure where her time in Italy also informs her drawings and mixed-media works.

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About La Mia Roma
This gathering of experiences of “My Rome” are a combination of fleeting moments—a gull gliding by my apartment window or a storm rolling into the Forum as I left the Capitoline Museum—and my Roman rituals—eating at my favorite pizzeria for the 50th time or people watching under the shade of Michelangelo’s imposing cornice in Palazzo Farnese for the 500th hour. Most of these digital photographs were unapologetically captured with a point-and-shoot camera or iPhone as I went about my daily life to and from seminars, conferences, libraries, churches, museums, and markets in the Eternal City. The images were taken during my last five stays in Rome (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2013) and are, like my collection of memories, untitled and undated.

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Karla Tucker The Existence of Emptiness

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January 8

The Framemaker proudly presents “The Existence of Emptiness” a photography exhibit by artist Karla Tucker. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on January 8, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of January during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

This series is about the silent pain a person can suffer from when watching a loved one lose her mind and home due to Alzheimer’s disease. When the disease takes over brain function, the person starts to lose memory (as if it’s possible for someone’s mind to be filled with emptiness). Originally, the series began by exploring the fear of what Alzheimer’s disease is capable of. Over the last year it evolved into an expression of both pain and fear due to the appearance of my grandmother’s empty home. These photographs document the remains of her house and how the existence of emptiness filled the space she once called home.

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Karla Tucker is currently a senior at Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art. Tucker lives and works in Clarksville, Tenn., but after graduating, she plans to pursue a Master of Fine Art. Her photographs have won local awards, helped her receive grants and scholarships, as well as a recent honorary membership into Clarksville’s Friends of Photography group.

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Absences and Mementos . . .

. . . by APSU alumnus Greg Sand

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The Framemaker proudly presents a tintype photography exhibit consisting of two separte series “Absences” and “Mementos” by artist Greg Sand. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 4, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of December during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m.5 p.m.).

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Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce work that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.” Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, and exhibits across the United States.

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New Photographs by Melanie Hildebrandt

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We attain a Thing… use it… discard it… without really letting go… Over time it becomes an unnoticed textile of our environmental fabric Until, one day a stranger comes by and is stopped by the spectacle, They pause, investigate, look in wonder and then Quietly ask the question… the Thing has been dying to answer… “What IS your story?”

Melanie Hildebrandt has a life long interest in the arts. Her Photographs, Mono- printing, Letterpress work and Handmade/Self-written books have been exhibited in Kentucky and Tennessee and collectors of her artwork are across the United States. A current interest is how visual art communicates with our everyday life and in-turn how everyday life communicates with and may become the visual art. Melanie currently resides in Clarksville, TN. She is an adjunct instructor of Speech for Austin Peay State University and Nashville State Community College.

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The Framemaker proudly presents a New Photographs by Melanie Hildebrandt as part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on November 6, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of November during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Professor Suta Lee: Pastel Paintings . . .

.  .  .  from light to dust

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October 2

The Framemaker proudly presents new work by artist Suta Lee. Suta Lee is an Associate Professor (Painting) at Austin Peay State University. Lee’s work has been featured in many prominent exhibition venues, including in the Frist Center in Nashville, Tenn., The Hubert Johnson Museum in Ithica, N.Y., the Mark Palmer Gallery in Paducah, Ky., California State University in Fullerton, Calif., the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, Calif., the National Academy of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, and the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn.

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This series of pastel paintings is based on photographs taken by the artist while traveling abroad. The work is an iteration of images captured through photography (light) and translated into pure pigment drawings (dust). The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on October 2, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of October during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Olen Bryant | Making Marks: Sketches and Drawings

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September 4

The Framemaker is very proud to present drawings by the award-winning artist Olen Bryant. Bryant’s opening corresponds to Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, September 4. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. To 8 p.m., and the exhibit will remain at The Framemaker through the month of September during normal business hours (M-F, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.).

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Olen Bryant was born in Cookeville, Tenn. He attended Murray State University, served in the United States Army, and continued his education at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bryant has taught in numerous school systems, including Austin Peay State University, where served as Professor of Art from 1964 to 1991. Bryant’s work has inspired generations of sculptors and artists. He is truly one of Tennessee’s artistic treasures.

Olen’s sculptural forms are easily recognizable expressions of the human figure. In addition to sculptures, Bryant has an extensive collection of sketches, which will be on exhibit.

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The Trick in in the Landing

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August 7

The Framemaker proudly presents “The Trick is in the Landing” a collaborative painting exhibit by artists Laura King and Alex Wurts. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 7, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Laura King currently attends Austin Peay State University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.Primarily a watercolor painter, King explores the issues of patterns, material through the topic of micro-anatomy. Alex Wurts also attends Austin Peay State University and is seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Wurts paintings are often experimental in nature, the results deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

In the show, “The Trick is in the Landing” Wurts and King have collaborated together to create a body of work based in casual experimentation. Both artist function primarily within the realms of drawing and painting, working within different styles and approaches but sharing similar concerns of material, pattern and form. Self-amused but not unserious, these painters have abandoned the rigorously structured propositions and serial strategies of previous generations in favor of playful, unpredictable encounters.

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Wallpaper

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July 3

The Framemaker proudly presents “Wallpaper” a photograph exhibit by artist Jonathan Wheeler. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 4, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Placement: A collaboration by . . .

. . . Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick

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June 5

Art powerhouses Melanie Davis and Miranda Herrick have collaborated to create “Placement.” This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on June 5. Stop by our reception at The Framemaker from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. — with Miranda Herrick and Melanie Collins Davis.

 

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Portraits of a Trip: New Work by Jared Cleghorn

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May 1, 2014

The Framemaker proudly presents new work by artist Jared Cleghorn. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 1, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Artist Statement   /   I took a trip earlier this year that involved driving, flying, being shuttled around and hotel rooms, which meant spending a great portion of my time looking out windows. I saw inspiring landscapes and experienced moments that I will cherish for the remainder of my life. Although I was not always physically free to experience what was beyond the window in its entirety, I appreciate and revere what each encounter offered me.

This trip reveals the fact that most of my life I find myself “looking out windows”. Each window is a limited line of sight or a glimpse that represents the time frame I am allotted to experience a moment, a friend, a lover, a landscape, or my life as with any portrait or portrayal. As a series of windows and memories to look through, one is only able to experience what is within the constraints of the window. Yet the portrait is more than just a visual representation of what laid beyond the pane of glass and often ended up being a reflection of myself, the viewer.

The landscapes had their own stories as well as the people who sat next to me on the planes and in the cars. As I looked out each window, I took it all in, soaked up every last ounce that was available to me knowing that in the end the only remnant would be a memory. The views I managed to store within me can never live up to the actual living and breathing subjects. This is what I am left with. Fragmented recollections of transitory moments of perfect happiness and blurred, obscure photographs of awe inspiring landscapes.

I want to hold on to these landscapes forever, but like the years and the bliss we get to live, and the ever changing landscapes themselves – it is all fleeting. I used various mediums and techniques, but of particular importance are the scraps of old books and papers that I have collected and cherished over the years. I have created physical memories of what I viewed through the various windows of a trip in an attempt to preserve, relive, and share these memories and experiences.

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Bio   /   Jared Cleghorn was born in Vandenberg AFB, California, in 1984. As a dependent of a military service member, Jared is accustomed to and has grown to appreciate change, new lands, and stability. The proximity of his family and opportunity of education is what brought him to Clarksville, TN where he attended Austin Peay State University and received a BA in Studio Art in 2009. Geographical themes and expansive horizons continued to direct his attention and center his life and eventually led him to continue his education. He is currently studying Geoscience with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. His current work explores the relationship between the individual and a sense of place by integrating his knowledge of the visual arts with his growing scientific understanding of the natural world. He is fond of collage and in particular the reuse of old discarded paper scraps and forgotten documents, which he uses to recreate memories and landscapes to be remembered and generates glimpses of possibilities to be seen.

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