Studio 5

Painting, Woodturning, Photography

Bernadette Resha – Painting

Born with Down syndrome in Nashville, Tenn., artist Bernadette Resha has collected a sizable following in the worldwide art community. From an early age she was encouraged to draw and color in her own style as a form of expression and therapy. This has resulted in a body of work that documents an artist developing a unique style entirely her own.
Her exposure to the art world and culture started as a child visiting as many art galleries, museums, concert halls and plays with her family, as time would allow.
With an artist grandmother and a mother fully committed to allowing Bernadette to use this medium of self expression for as far as she would care to take it. Bernadette now exhibits in numerous art galleries including several venues in New York, art and craft shows throughout Southeast, and attends many disAbility conferences throughout the United States showing and selling her work. Says Bernadette: “My goals are to increase my skills. I want to improve on painting three dimensionally, on lighting and form, plus shape and shadows, and to learn how to better blend colors.”Art is such an integral part of Bernadette’s life that if all her paints were taken away, she would, instead, sit for hours drawing.

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 Don Campbell – wood

I moved from Louisville, KY to Nashville about 13 years ago and then to Hendersonville about 9 years ago when I married one of the greatest lady ever, Sharon. She has been rock solid in encouraging me to pursue my lifelong hobby of working with wood. Lucky for me, her dad and older brother loved working with wood back in her home state of Michigan.

I’ve done several larger pieces over the last seven or eight years and like many woodworkers, I hate throwing out scraps of wood that just seem to accumulate more and more from one project to another. Since moving a couple years ago I’ve had to scale back a little but I still had all that scrap lumber along with some more that just seemed to find its way to me. What am I going to do with all of it?? I was actually inspired by one of the artist on the tour last year and have found some avenues to make the most of what would have ended up in a dumpster somewhere. While still learning and pursuing crafting some more polished projects, I have found that I really enjoy repurposing the scraps, discarded and/or abandoned wood into one of a kind wall décor.

After a long, sometimes very stressful career in the retail and commercial food business, I have found working with wood to be a wonderful way to spend my retirement years.

Wilma Richards -Clay Creations

Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada I’ve been a resident of Hendersonville for forty years officially making me a local.  Raising three boys and one girl made finding time for my love of art a challenge.  I’ve tried many forms of art but the first time I put my hands in clay I knew it was what I was born to do. I enjoy throwing on the wheel but my love is hand building.  Taking items such as leaves and making each one into its  unique vessel fulfills my creative craving.

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 Matthew Freise

Matthew Freise is a Gallatin based artist and photographer that excels in the many facets of creating empirical works of art. He studied fine arts and graphic design at Middle Tennessee and has also acquired his photography degree at Nossi college of Art. Matthew has spent years crafting skills in wood working including turning, routed signs, and sculptural pieces.  His formal training has allowed him to work with multiple styles and processes with many different clients and companies.  His many abilities include, yet are not limited to, stretching canvas, creating beautiful murals and drawings, building light set-ups and creating amazing portraits.  This knowledge and passion allows him to bring your ideas to life for you and your family to cherish, for generations to come.

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