JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Woodworking by Bill and Tina Collison and oil paintings by Suzanne Barrett Justis are on display June 8-July 2 at the McKinney Center.
A reception will be held 6-8 p.m. June 8. Most all the artwork will be on sale to the public during the duration of the exhibition.
The McKinney Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays–Fridays.
Suzanne Barrett-Justis started her earlier years growing up in upstate New York, with a professional artist mother and a life surrounded by the things she loved most: animals and nature. It was the perfect "cocktail" for a creative soul to embark in a career as a wildlife artist. Barrett-Justis started painting professionally while she was still in high school. She opened her art studio and gallery in downtown Kingsport. She travels around the U.S., meeting with zoos and taking photos for her next wildlife piece. Many of her pieces hang in zoos’ permanent collections throughout the country including the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois; The BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in Tennessee and the Dallas Zoo in Texas. She is also a member of The Oil Painters of America, Artists for Conservation, The Kingsport Art Guild and The Portrait Society of America.
The Collison’s are a woodworking couple. Bill’s early days in his father’s workshop and Tina’s interest in decoy carving fueled their interest in wood as the medium for their endeavors. Trees downed by storms, age, disease, or in the path of progress, provide them with an ample supply of raw material. Bill turns burls, natural edged bowls and platters; Tina creates the surface embellishments by carving, piercing, burning and coloring designs on the turned pieces. They are members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Their work has been juried and received awards in numerous juried exhibitions.
About The McKinney Center
The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and boasts of 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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