Eleven Artists Explore the Beauty of Tennessee at Richland Fine Art

November 12 through 28

by Brittany Greenquist

Tennessee is a remarkable state, lavishing us with beautiful natural landscapes and friendly faces. As a resident, it’s possible I’m partial, but there’s no denying that there’s something special about it, and I’m not alone in my admiration of this fair land.

Nashville gallery Richland Fine Art Inc. is presenting a November show Tennessee for Me that passionately portrays inspiring scenes from across the region. The exhibition, open November 12 through 28, displays the work of eleven of Tennessee’s finest artists: William Buffett, Kristin Clark, Paula Frizbe, Sheryl Hibbs, Gayle Levee, Jean McGuire, Michael Shane Neal, Lori Putnam, Dean Shelton, Dawn E. Whitelaw, and guest artist Kathie Odom.


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Paula Frizbe | Road to Brenda’s | 2015 | Oil on canvas | 30” x 40”

“I am often asked if Richland offers local artwork that depicts life in the South,” says Richland Fine Art president Clay Whitelaw. “This exhibition, Tennessee for Me, is my answer. The show will feature more than forty paintings from eleven exceptional Tennessee artists, each with a different point of view, each painting his or her favorite subject matter. This is a rare opportunity and promises to be a great treat for every art lover.”

Michael Shane Neal, a sixth-generation Nashvillian, will be holding a special presentation during the exhibit called “Faces of Tennessee,” based on the residents he has captured over the years. Neal explained his inspiration behind the presentation saying, “Tennessee is home. It’s a part of who I am. The beauty of the state, the diversity of the land and its people have been an inspiration for me as an artist since I was a kid.”

Dawn E. Whitelaw | Strickland’s Glory | 2015 | Oil on canvas | 20” x 24”

Dawn E. Whitelaw | Strickland’s Glory | 2015 | Oil on canvas | 20” x 24”

Along with Neal, Gayle Levee, an artist originally from Boston who has called Tennessee home for the past twelve years, will be holding a demonstration of her painting skills. Her bio reveals that her “artistic style found its true voice in New England, where she began mastering the techniques of painting encompassed by a movement known as the Boston School of Impressionism.”

Both presentations will take place on Saturday, November 21. If you plan to attend, please call the gallery for free reservations.

Lori Putnam | Warm Thoughts | Oil | 6” x 12”

Lori Putnam | Warm Thoughts | Oil | 6” x 12”

It’s clear that every artist involved has captured a part of Tennessee in a way that is moving and wholly unique. With deep shadows and rich colors, Sheryl Hibbs’s Soul of the City embodies the powerful history of Tennessee’s vibrant music life, while Paula Frizbe’s Road to Brenda’s portrays the region’s idyllic outdoors with a view of a country road that seems to lead to a simpler time.

Kathie Odom | Pop’s Shop | Oil | 14” x 18”

Kathie Odom | Pop’s Shop | Oil | 14” x 18”

Native Tennesseans, new residents, and visitors alike will find the rich history and beauty of this state made even more compelling through the craftsmanship of these remarkable artists.

For more information about Tennessee for Me at Richland Fine Art, November 12 to 28, please visit www.richlandfineart.com.

Michael Shane Neal | Knotty Pine | 2014 | Oil on board | 14" x 18"

Michael Shane Neal | Knotty Pine | 2014 | Oil on board | 14″ x 18″

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