Sunday, March 11, 2012

Centennial Art Center 3 Gallery Talks - Carolyn Riess-Dods​on, Brenda Stein and Kim Barrick March 13th, 22nd & 27th

March 13th, 22nd & 27th - Centennial Art Center Gallery Talks - Carolyn Riess-Dods​on, Brenda Stein and Kim Barrick

Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center Gallery presents:


Carolyn Riess-Dodson – Painter: Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm – 7 pm

Brenda Stein – Woodturner: March 22, 6 pm – 7 pm

Kim Barrick – Painter: Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm – 2 pm

Currently exhibiting their works inMetro Parks’ Centennial Art Center’s gallery, painters Kim Barrick and Carolyn Riess-Dodson and woodturner Brenda Stein will each present Gallery Talks atMetro Parks’ Centennial Art Center’s gallery. The artists will discuss their works that are on exhibit, their artistic motivations, inspirations and techniques.

Centennial Art Center’s Director, Brenda McSurley says, “We know the public will enjoy hearing Carolyn, Kim and Brenda discuss their art in a relaxed, informal setting. These talks also offer a great opportunity to ask the artists specific questions about individual works.”

The first Gallery Talk takes place on Tuesday, March 13, 6 pm – 7 pm and will feature Murfreesboro, Tennessee painter,Carolyn Riess-Dodson. Inspired by both the natural world and her inner, imaginary world, she says, “I want to share my version of the potentially colorful countryside that surrounds us. It's not just brown and green any longer. Then there's that inner world of fantasy, archetypes and ancient prototypes fueling my mental, right-brain engine that I've just got to get on canvas!"

Nashville, Tennessee woodturnerBrenda Stein’s Gallery Talk will be held on Thursday, March 22, 6 pm – 7 pm. She describes her approach to her art form, “Combining the perfect curve with the richness of our Tennessee trees brings me great joy… Every tree has a story. Each piece is the voice of the tree inspiring deeper connections with our natural world.” Brenda appeared as the featured artist in a Nashville Public Television program,Tennessee Crossroads: Brenda Stein, Woodturner. Additional works by Brenda Stein have been added to this exhibit since its February 2nd opening.

PainterKim Barrick of Nashville, Tennessee, will present her Gallery Talk on Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm – 2 pm. A champion of plein aire painting (painting landscapes while outdoors), she foundedThe Chestnut Group, a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists. “Nature is my True North…” Kim shares, “There is always something that evolved from the earth that draws my attention... Nature is chaos in motion. I just try to paint it and get the exquisite pieces – be engaged and humbled by the rare – and attempt to not miss anything.”

The Art Center’s gallery manager, Lena Arice Lucas, says, “We are so pleased with this outstanding exhibition and the public’s enthusiastic response. There are so many talented, creative people in the Nashville area, and it is such an honor to exhibit works by these three exceptional visual artists. I am so excited that they have generously offered to conduct Gallery Talks and share their time discussing their art with the public.”

Centennial Art Center is located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza Corner of Nashville’sCentennial Park and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (with extended hours during opening receptions and Gallery Talks). For more information or directions, call (615) 862-8442. For information about the Art Center’s gallery and art classes, go to:

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