JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Works from Kristin Colson and Don Burger will be on display Oct .26-Nov. 16 at the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center.
An opening reception will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The McKinney Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Most all the artwork will be on sale to the public during the duration of the exhibition.
Kristin Colson is a visual artist who creates with a vision of hope and a heart for humanity. Finding beauty in what has been discarded or overlooked, her abstract images suggest new perspectives and intriguing dimensions. Often visualizing themes of redemption, she incorporates vibrant colors from nature with subtle metallic nuances. Through these reflective qualities, Colson seeks to stir the viewer toward deeper awareness of the Creator. Recent work includes mixed media and concrete jewelry.
She received her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from Milligan College, and she completed a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. Many of her pieces are commissioned. She has also done numerous art service projects including teaching lessons, overseas art missions, and live painting within worship events. During the day, Colson works as an art therapist helping others through their own creative processes.
Don Burger's art is the evolving product of an imaginative life. From childhood, he found inspiration and comfort in seeing, and expressing, more than the eye can see. As a street-based painter, he chose old, worn-yet-historic neighborhoods as his subjects. As a musician, folk music provided a medium for environmental and inter-cultural activism. As an author/producer of various educational media, he sought to make a difference. As an actor/producer/director, he encouraged the portraying of previously untold stories. It was parenthood, however, that provided dimension, as he encouraged the artist in his children, and they, in turn, inspired Burger to become an emerging sculptor, composer, outdoor enthusiast. The ensuing 25 years of working with addictions, HIV, veterans and LGBTQ communities immersed him in miracles of overcoming, and inspired a belief in the ever-present power of Grace, so often experienced through artistic expression.
Since retiring in 2004, he has taught pottery, painting, musical instruments and facilitating artistic practices in the community. Pottery became his preferred medium for exploration of form and themes of unity and interpersonal connections. All of the pieces in this exhibit were inspired by, and in several cases, infused with, students' and other artists' participation.
For more information, email Theresa Hammons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-753-0562.
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