Valentina Ramos, Azure Treasure, 2011, Mixed media, 8” x 8”

Valentina Ramos, Azure Treasure, 2011, Mixed media, 8” x 8”

Steffon Hamulak, Independence Day, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”

Steffon Hamulak, Independence Day, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”

Beginning in 1975 as a modest gathering of artists, the Harding Art Show has become one of the largest exhibitions of fine art in the Southeast. This year’s event will showcase 71 artists from 13 states and include 29 new artists. More than 5,000 pieces of original art and handmade items, ranging in styles from whimsical to traditional to contemporary, will be on display.

Georgia-based Steve Penley will be the featured artist. Influenced by television, pop culture, and comic books, Penley uses broad, colorful brushstrokes to render images of American history and its icons. “I loved the show last year and had a great time interacting with the crowd. I am looking forward to this show because it has given me a whole new wealth of inspiration imagining how I will interpret Southern icons, Music City, and its artists,” Penley said.

The Harding Art Show takes place on the Harding Academy campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 2 and 3. There will be a Preview Party on May 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit www.artshow.hardingacademy.org.

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