Paint, Fabric Art, Pottery
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at http://www.kathyplourde.blogspot.com
Mel Davenport, a Nashville native, retired from the Nashville Fire Department after 28 years of service. He is a self-taught artist who resides near White House, TN in Sumner County.
“I usually prefer to eliminate backgrounds in my work, and use only black and white, or a few solid colors, to enhance and accentuate my subjects. The Art Deco movement of the 1930’s, the sleek and modern styles of the Fabulous Fifties along with the Golden Age of illustration from the 1960’s are my favorite inspirations. I firmly believe in the maxim “less is more.”
For me, simple and bold is the way to go!
Grace Guthrie – painting
THE TEAR DROP PAINTER’S STORY
When I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer I knew my life was getting ready to change forever. I never imagined to what extent. The severity of chemo ravaged my body temporarily but my spirit was awakened to a new and exciting avenue of expression: Painting!!
Even though I had never held a brush on a canvas before, God – as a Divine Midas – touched my pain and transformed it into spiritual gold by unleashing this beautiful world of color! As an emotive reminder of this miracle, I use a teardrop for the last stroke on my watercolor paintings.
Grace Guthrie Artist and Author “The Way I See it” – “Con Los Ojos Abiertos”
Betty Turney-Turner has been a glass artist and instructor for over 13 years. She is the owner of This Little Light Creative Art Glass Gallery in Old Hickory, TN. Betty has traveled extensively abroad and throughout the United States to study various forms of glass art with many of the art glass industries most prominent glass masters. Shas shown her work in numerous art events and local shows, and her art is on homes throughout the US. She has taught stained glass and fused glass classes in the public schools of Nashville and also at Volunteer State Community College.