Abandoned House. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
Bobbie Bittner. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
Claire Smith. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
Heloise Shilstat. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
Sam Davis and Sunflowers, Phyllis Razo. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
Vision. Photo courtesy of Eric V. Snyder, Chair of the Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committe
The City Hall Art Committee invites the public to the closing reception of its annual Murfreesboro Art League Exhibit at the Rotunda of City Hall this Thursday, June 12, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. The art league founded by a local group of artists in 1966 is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and enrich a vibrant artistic environment in the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro communities.
To that purpose the league offers nearly two dozen adult classes per year in multiple disciplines and to artists at all levels. Kids' camps, open studio time, and exhibits around Murfreesboro are also regularly offered. It’s educational and gallery facility is located on Front Street off Broad Street in the back of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreations Department’s Cannonsburgh Village.
The group meets each Monday 7-9 p.m., everyone interested is welcome to attend and free public viewings of the work are held on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays1-4 p.m. May-December yearly.
Exhibits in the Rotunda are free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for observed holidays. City Hall is located at 111 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
For questions about the exhibit and reception contact City Hall: 615-893-5210 or Eric V. Snyder: 615-542-6368.
Some of the Art League members participating in the exhibit:
Phyllis Razo has been painting watercolors for eight years. She started at the Smyrna Senior Citizen Center in 2005. Phyllis has progressed a long way in those eight years. Phyllis is a dedicated artist and is always striving to improve her craft. In addition to watercolors she is renewing her early interest in oil and acrylic painting.
Claire Smith is an abstract artist who lived much of her life staring up at the Texas night sky. She experiments with pointillism and textures in her abstracts. She teaches abstract classes at Murfreesboro Art League, and has 3 classes coming up in August.
Suzanne LeBeau has returned to art after a long time off to raise her children. She is still in the exploratory stage and hasn't settled into a niche yet. Much of her recent art includes mirrors and acrylic skins. She also likes to do realistic work in watercolor, acrylic or water-mixable oils.
Heloise Shilstat makes art works with tiny torn bits of paper from magazines. She searches carefully for just the right colors to make her pictures look like paintings unless you step closer and see the careful tear marks.
Clarice Nelson is the only remaining founder of the Murfreesboro Art League. She works in oils, often painting with a palette knife.
Ted Stanley is the Murfreesboro Art League's current president. When he is not travelling the world, he is working diligently on his detailed colored pencil drawings.
Bobbie Bittner works mostly in watercolors, but has branched out into colored pencil horses for this show.
Carol Berning is an accomplished landscape and portrait artist who recently attended the Portrait Society of America conference. She is also a member of the Women Painters of the Southeast, Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.
Carol Nesvik often works in pastels or colored pencils, but her black and white scratchboard works really shine.
Jack Freeman works in oils or mixed media. He often features realistic paintings of friends or family members or shows some creative imagination in surrealistic works.
Marge Cushman used to be a member of the art league a long time ago and has recently returned to us. She works in watercolors.
Peggy Miles works in a variety of mediums, but her acrylic waterscape was recently in an art show at Emery's Fine Art Gallery and has special meaning to her.