Centennial Art Center Gallery | June 9 – July 26, 2017

The works of Harry Whitver, Anne Whitver, and Brian Sommerville will be showcased at the Centennial Art Center starting early next month in an exhibit titled Fantasy, Faces and Fantastic Beasts.

The Deacon’s Masterpiece, by Harry Whitver

The “fantasy” comes from Harry Whitver’s abstract oil paintings, colorful and vibrant. After working as a commercial artist for 35 years, Harry Whitver discovered his style in 2013 and has been creating abstract, deconstructed landscape-style paintings ever since.

Anne Whitver, a Nashville native, brings the “faces” to the exhibit with her collection of hand-crafted

Lotus, by Anne Whitver

masks. She has been making masks since the early 2000s, and her use of multiple media makes for visually interesting and beautifully detailed creations. Anne loves “playing with texture and color, seeing what arises from the finished project.”

Finally, Brian Sommerville is the source of the exhibit’s “fantastic beasts.” His extremely detailed sculptures of animals serve as stand-ins for people, true to the tradition of fables, to tell political, social, and personal stories. Brian incorporates mixed media into his intricately

The Suit (detail), by Brian Somerville

carved sculptures, and has recently expanded into fiberglass, wood, metal, and more to create larger and more interactive pieces.

The show opens on Friday, June 9 from 5pm to 7pm, and is free to the public for its entire run.

For more information, visit www.nashville.gov/cac.

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