Philosopher's Tea Party. Acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas. Doris Wasserman.

Doris Wasserman, Philosopher’s Tea Party, 2012, Acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas, 40” x 30”

August 1 – September 26 • Centennial Art Center

As a prelude to Tennessee Craft Fall Fair, the Centennial Art Center is presenting a juried exhibition of work by eight members of the Tennessee Craft–Midstate Chapter. The artisans chosen are Brenda Stein, Donna Rizzo, Doris Wasserman, Karen Pillans, Kelly Kessler, Martha Christian, Roy Overcast, and Maria Miguel. The show features an eclectic and excellent combination of woodwork, sculpture, hand-woven tapestry, painting, and pottery.

“This Biennial at Centennial Art Center is special because it encourages local artists to participate who might not otherwise be able to display their artwork outdoors during the seasonal craft fairs due to its fragility or exposure to the elements. This juried exhibit reflects the diverse range of talent present in our members,” explained Exhibition Coordinator Catherine McMurray.

Nashville Arts Magazine’s Sara Lee Burd and Paul Polycarpou selected the work of these eight artists from dozens of entries. “Members of Tennessee Craft seem to be constantly raising the bar, creating work that is conceptually engaging and masterfully crafted. Though choosing from such a strong pool of entries was no easy task, we were once again impressed by the quality of work being produced right here in Middle Tennessee,” Burd commented.

Biennial of Tennessee Craft–Midstate will open with an artists’ reception on August 1 from 5 until 7 p.m. and will remain on display for eight weeks prior to the Tennessee Craft Fall Fair being held in Centennial Park September 26 through 28. For more information, visit www.nashville.gov/cac.

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