Art show explores evolution of local female creators

Women artist from around southern, middle Tennessee collaborated for a show that is as relevant today as it was 10 years ago. {Graphic Provided}

TULLAHOMA — 2020 has been … well normal-shattering. Working from home, remote learning, social distancing … for women, it can sometimes feel like being pecked to death by a thousand ducks.

For women artists, the ever-evolving COVID lifestyle can be disruptive to the creative life, so can the simple act of growing older. To recognize and celebrate this truth, a group of women artist will present “Out of the Kitchen, Out of the Box: Reflections of a Decade” beginning September 5 at the Tullahoma Arts Center. It a revisit of show many participated in 10 years ago.

It’s the first gallery show for TAC since it’s COVID shutdown and the exhibit will display through September. TAC officially re-opened on September 1.

The show’s meant to explore the art of women “trying to reclaim themselves as artists, after feeling like the responsibilities of life” had pushed their God-given talents to the wayside. It features works by Karen Ingle, Jennie Roles-Walter, Kathy Mullins, Carol Ann Stephens, Jennie Couch, and Sharon Prosser.

These women hale from throughout southern middle Tennessee. Ingle lives in Winchester. Roles-Walter resides in Fayetteville. Mullins and Prosser live in Tullahoma. Stephens lives in Estill Springs.

These six women agreed to throw caution to the wind and paint uninhibited, unaltered views from their lives. Many explored themes like cancer, motherhood, mentors, body image, as well as painting pieces meant to honor their fellow favorite female artists.

The original show travelled the country showing in several galleries including the National Women’s Artist Association gallery in New York City. This second iteration, “Reflections of a Decade” explores how the women have evolved over the past 10 years. It will include both their original pieces and as well as new art created specifically for this revisiting.

The Tullahoma Art Center (TAC) will host Reflections of a Decade with an opening reception happening Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Admission will be free for TAC members and $5 for non-members. The art center is located at 401 South Jackson Street.

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