Golden Lights: New Work

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Paul Collins

 

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August 6


The Framemaker proudly presents Golden Lights: New Work by Paul Collins. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on August 6, 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 August during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).


Paul Collins is an Associate Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University. He creates paintings, drawings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world. Collins earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and has been an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art Voices, Fresh Paint Magazine and has been exhibited across the United States. Paul Collins is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville.


According to Collins, “This exhibit examines the construction of natural beauty under the scouring light of ecological armageddon. My work pits the imagery of the inspired-but-needy naturalist with the indifferent gaze of nature itself. These works utilize layering, intense chroma and gesture to bring discrete realities into conversation. In doing so, these works act as ‘flytraps’ for the contradictions that embody the ambivalence of our place in the natural world.”


 

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Collaborative Images

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Billy Renkl and Greg Sand

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July 2, 2015

The Framemaker proudly presents new collaborative work by artists Billy Renkl and Greg Sand. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 2, 2015. 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 July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.


Billy Renkl currently teaches drawing and illustration at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tenn. He attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing. Renkl alters old, retired, images and documents to create meaning and metaphor in their peculiar beauty and often accidental aesthetic. Renkl states, “In images, diagrams, and maps, the world is represented as both sensible and miraculous, systematic and astonishing. These images were originally made to be clear and objective, a rational distillation of a mechanical world. Instead and in addition, though, they are made rich in beauty and poetry.”

Renkl’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including solo shows at The Cumberland Gallery (Nashville, Tenn.), Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts (New Orleans, La.), Vanderbilt University, The University of Kentucky, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Galerie Neue Raume (Berlin, Germany). His work can be found in several permanent collections, including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kiwanis Club International, The Tennessee State Museum, and The College of Notre Dame, Baltimore. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Renkl has worked with many clients on illustration assignments, including SouthWest Airlines, How Magazine, Vanderbilt University, Klutz Inc., Strategy & Business, The River Styx, Poems and Plays, and Rigby Publishing.

Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce art that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from APSU in 2008. He has captured acclaim from 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, Tenn., and exhibits across the United States.

On working together, Renkl and Sand state, “In our culture, the practice of making art is often an exclusively self-referential activity. The popular model is for the artist to disappear into his or her attic of anguish, emerging eventually with a personal, insular, self-referential triumph. Or, often, not. Collaboration favors regard over self-regard, conversation over solitude, empathy over self-expression. It is, really, a relief to have a voice outside of oneself to ratify what is effective and clarify what is not. Though both of us primarily work with found imagery, the way we use it is quite different. One of us emphasizes accrual, for instance; the other often employs subtraction. Even so, working together has been surprisingly easy, calling to mind the old adage, ‘Many hands make light work.'”


 

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Mixed Media Magic:

N  e  w   W  o  r  k   b  y   Connie Livingston-Dunn

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June 4th, 2015

The Framemaker proudly presents work by artist Connie Livingston-Dunn as part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on June 4, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit, entitled “Mixed Media Magic,” will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of June during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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Connie Livingston-Dunn received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Northern Illinois University. She is a retired board-certified art therapist and is currently an adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University. She is also a founding member of the Downtown Artist’s Cooperative. Livingtston-Dunn’s new work explores concealed symbolism through mixed media including painting, collage, digital and fractal art techniques.

Her work is both in private collections as well as in the corporate collections of the Merseyside County Museum of Liverpool, England, Rape and Sexual Abuse Center in Nashville, Tenn., and Trans Financial Bank of Tennessee in Memphis.

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Light Intertwined: New Work by . . .

.  .  .  Peggy and Stuart Bonnington

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May 7, 2015

The Framemaker proudly presents “Light Intertwined: New Work by Peggy and Stuart Bonnington” This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 7, 2015. 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 May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Stuart and Peggy Bonnington are a husband-and-wife team of artists. They married in Peggy’s hometown, Chattanooga Tenn., and moved to Clarksville, Tenn., in 1987. Together, the couple’s work shows how they find light and balance in life through joyful dedication.

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Stuart Bonnington was born in Leeds in Yorkshire, England. He was raised from age two in Rochester, N.Y. He took a job as a psychology professor at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in 1987. Stuart plays the banjo and guitar and is an accredited teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi. He teaches classes at the Cabin Studio at his historical home, “Benfolly,” as well as at the Foy Center at APSU, the Crowe Center and The Yoga Mat. He is retiring from APSU this spring.

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Peggy Bonnington gravitates toward the unfettered creativity of unconsciously wandering lines, an intuitive stroke of color and impulsive shading. Peggy taught special education with Fort Campbell Schools. She retired in 2008. Peggy is an active member of the DAC (Downtown Artists’ Co-op.) According to the artist, “I seek to become more comfortable and adept with paint and brush, but lately I am enjoying exploring a merger of painting with drawing.”

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Taking A Stroll: Photography by Rina Gonzalez

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Rina Gonzalez is a graduate of Austin Peay State University (APSU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Ceramics. In the summer of 2013, she participated in an assistantship in Tuscany, Italy, at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics. She emphasizes documenting people through film photography.

According to the artist, “Taking a Stroll is a body of work that is the result of an assistantship I was humbled to receive at La Merdiana, International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. The most enlightening moments in Italy came from simply walking down the bustling streets. These were my greatest photographic opportunities. The native Italian people’s willingness to make eye contact was evident everywhere I went. Their natural openness gave me a sense of pure joy and honesty through my lens. This experience expanded my work as a street photographer. Choosing black and white film instead of digital photography gave the work added dimension. What a joy it is: the locals, proudly and lovingly, inspiring the tourists to fall in love with their country. Italian architecture and cuisine are amazing. The people of Italy are the only real reason to visit. Thanks for a taking this stroll of Italy along with me.”

Special thanks to Mitzi Cross and Alexandria Leverette for their assistance with this exhibition.

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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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