Kathy Plourde – Paint, Fabric Art, Pottery
1445 Dickerson Bay Drive, Gallatin
Kathy Plourde is a multi-talented artist specializing in the media of “mud and rags.” As a fabric artist she combines quilting, felting, and free-style embroidery to create one of a kind handbags, scarves, tapestries, and articles of clothing. Through her expressions in clay, her art form ranges from the practical in her pottery creations to the whimsical in her sculptures infused with self-reflection and story-telling. Kathy is self-taught artist who claims her biggest challenge is deciding which media to explore that day. Beyond “mud and rags” she expresses herself in sketching, poetry, fabric painting, sewing, stained glass, and lampwork. Kathy earned her Masters degree in Theology from Loyola University and shares her love of the spirituality of the creative process as a facilitator in Spirituality and Creativity in a variety of retreats ranging from transitioning military veterans, women in recovery, special needs youth, and spiritual voyagers. Originally from Miami, Florida, she currently resides in Gallatin and lists her occupation as: Grandma. She is a retired information systems professional and spent 24 years as a military spouse. Contact Kathy at email@example.com or visit her website at http://www.kathyplourde.blogspot.com
Jennifer Ihrig – Mixed Media and Painting
Art and joy by Jennifer.
I’m addicted to pour painting! Creating these unique paintings relaxes me and brings me joy. From the run off paint I find designs, little gems, from which I make jewelry. I try not to waist a thing. I’m grateful to have the time to do what I love. I live in thriving Nashville, TN with 3 males; husband, son, and dog. Life is good.
Dee Kimbrell – Reuse Artist, Sculpture, Mixed Media
As a teaching artist, Dee Kimbrell specializes in diverting items destined for the landfill and reimagining recycled materials in a new and interesting way to facilitate the strengthening of community relationships. Dee works primarily with reused plastics, cardboard, and acrylics to create multimedia pieces, sculpture and paintings. She has worked with a variety of groups of various ages and abilities in Middle Tennessee.
Dee’s community artwork can be found on display at the Nashville Grassmere Zoo, The Nashville Public Library; Children Are People, Inc., The Monroe Children’s Hospital, and several businesses in the Middle Tennessee area. In 2017, she completed two projects in conjunction with the Nick Cave exhibit at The Frist Art Museum. Her community bottle cap curtain and self-portraits from reused materials were on display in the Extrasensory exhibit at The Frist. She also designed and co-created sensory costumes inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuits for Borderless Arts, a non-profit that brings art to those with disabilities. After traveling to Egypt in April for an international show, the costumes will be displayed at the Hotel Preston in Nashville in the fall.
Dee’s personal art is reflective of her passion for play, color, nature and the inner workings of the mind and spirit. You may reach her at www.creativegeniusinyou.com .
Paul Riewald – Photography
Paul became seriously interested in photography upon his retirement in 1998, after 31 years in R&D with DuPont. He improved his photography skills through extensive reading, practice and attending numerous seminars, programs and photo-workshops, starting first with film cameras and transitioning to all digital SLR cameras. His particular passions are landscapes, nature, wildlife and historic structures. Paul and his wife, Kathy, have traveled extensively in the United States and abroad to view and photograph many beautiful and interesting scenes, but have found many of the best right here in the Tennessee Valley area. He does his own photo editing, printing, mounting, mat cutting and framing as well as making note cards, place mats and calendars containing his photos. Paul exhibits at several craft fairs in the area and has won several awards for his prints. Paul and Kathy reside in Gallatin along with their dogs, Rugby and Bentley.