JONESBOROUGH, TN – July 17, 2019 – Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and the McKinney Center hosts an opening reception for the original artworks of artists Aleta Chandler and Lauren Anderson 6-8 p.m. Aug. 9. The exhibition will be displayed Aug. 9 to Sept. 20.
Most artwork on display will be for sale to the public.
Aleta Chandler first fell in love with clay while watching a demonstration of a potter at Dollywood when she was a teenager. Her artwork is inspired by vernacular architecture, antiques and bugs. Chandler believes anything can spark the imagination while causing the viewer to have a familiarity; this helps her connect to her audience. With her clay work, she enjoys making a wide variety of both functional as well as sculptural pieces; all with their own variation of whimsy. She adds various textures such as pressing 100+ year-old barnwood or antique doilies into her clay, or carving into the surface to make the work more interesting.
Lauren Anderson graduated from Milligan College with double majors in art and photography in 2007. After having worked as a portrait photographer and photojournalist for several years, she soon went back to school to earn her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She created a program at a nursing home that placed high functioning clients with low functioning clients, giving them creative tasks to complete together, all of which having an element of art and interaction, varying in levels of difficulty. Anderson entered into occupational therapy with the desire to help people reach their functional goals through creative actives.
Anderson creates art for herself through photography and other mediums used in her own art therapy practices. Recently, she has illustrated a book that will be published this November.
About The McKinney Center
The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, with a mission to be, “committed to inspiring the people of our area through both the appreciation of and the participation in the arts as a form of personal and collective expression.” The objective of the program is to “bring the community at large closer together and show as an example to other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life.” The McKinney Center is a department within the Town of Jonesborough.
For more information, email Theresa Hammons at email@example.com or call 423-753-0562.
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