Beautiful & Delicious … the art of Yvonne Bartholomew-Thomas

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Where are you from and where do you live now?

I am from Humboldt, in west tn. We moved to Seymour in 2007. My father, a long time pipe smoker, died of lung cancer in 2006. My mother and i had always wanted to live in the mountains near Cades Cove. After my fathers death, my husband and mother and i moved to Seymour to a mountain view. My husband had a stroke only 6 months after we moved here. He had therapy at Patricia Neal rehab in Fort Sanders hospital and learned to walk again but with a brace for foot drop. His right arm and hand are paralyzed and he has a communication disease called aphasia which restricts his ability to verbally communicate effectively. In 2015, my mother was found to have a small cancer in her lower right lung. It was treated with cyberknife radiation. In 2017, she began coughing and had a new different fast growing cancer below the first. When they went in to do surgery to cut it out, it was found that it had already gone into the lining causing pleural effusion, so they did pleurodesis; and then proceeded with radiation, and chemo. the cancer stunted for a few months, but then took off growing in 2018. She died of the lung cancer in April 2018 from the second hand smoke. With this show, I want to donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society in my mothers name.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

Oil paint is my favorite medium although I have done pastel, charcoal, and watercolor at times. I like doing impasto in oil where different colors show through each other in the thick strokes on big canvases larger than life, dramatic, in your face colorful flowers and food. Currently on my easel I have a painting of a long line of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls on a shelf as I collect Raggedy dolls having grown up with these smiling dolls all my life.

What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

Food themes, especially my favorite food – cheeseburgers and fries. Also, flowers, especially roses.

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What inspires you and why?

I do love the way sunlight shines on things from behind creating dramatic chiaroscuro and rim lighting, particularly on glass and chrome, or behind flowers which makes them seem to glow from within.

What’s next for you and your art?

I have also worked on paintings that express the difficulties of having a disability such as my husbands. I am considering more paintings of this nature which would also express the difficulties of terminal illnesses using chiaroscuro. However, I also want to continue with more colorful impasto canvases of food and flowers in smaller sizes.

What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

There are a lot of different organizations, galleries and art centers offering classes, fellowship and exhibit opportunities to artists.

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Lightening Round:

Digital media vs. Old school media

I started in college as a fine art major but changed to digital animation thinking it might be easier to make money with that as a career. However, I found that using the camera and computer as a tool to a finished product was not my preference due to the lack of 3-dimensional texture and tactile feeling of the paint on the canvas; although i do use a computer program to crop and test my reference photos taken on a digital camera from which I paint. I think the two are different enough that they should not be judged in the same category at any rate.

Picasso vs. da Vinci 

I prefer da vinci, but my favorite artist was Helen Van Wyk.

Realism vs. Abstract

I prefer realism.

Mountains vs. Lakes

I certainly prefer mountains although the sound of the waves crashing on the shore is very soothing at the oceans.

Market Square vs.

The Old City Market Square

Coffee house vs. Pub

Neither. Haven’t drank either since college!

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

The sunsphere is much prettier to look at from the outside than the empire. someday, i hope to see sunshere from the inside! i was not impressed in the elevator of the empire state building in school as a teen nor of its night view of the street lights.

 

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Best in Show for the “Music Show’

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m from Louisville, KY.  I live in Fountain City. I’ve lived in Knoxville for 28 years.

Do you enter a lot of contests and what inspired you to enter this show?

This is my first contest. One of my friends posted the Call to Artists on Facebook and I thought “Why not?”

Explain what your winning piece is about.

I’m fortunate to have been exposed to great music of all genres my whole life.  I love music and a lot of my work is music inspired. “I’ll Take It” is basically about the fact that, as I’ve heard it said, “Chicks love guys with guitars.”  So, the nerdy guy walks into the music store (note the SALE tag) and picks up this guitar and these 2 chicks who might otherwise not even notice him are suddenly very interested. “I’ll Take It”.

Is this different than what you usually make and if so, how?

I do mostly portraits, or subjects with faces in any case. People and animals.

What is the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

I’m just now trying to get involved in the Knoxville Artists community. I’m enjoying a warm welcome, especially from the artists I’ve met at BSG. Everyone has been very encouraging.

What inspires you and why?

A lot of my work is inspired by music and musicians, as well as living creatures, people and animals. I admire landscapes but am not really moved to paint them. Love a great expression and a captured moment in time. I’m also a political junky. It’s a lifelong affliction. I did political cartoons for my high school newspaper and for some reason, have been driven to record my thoughts on that subject through my art in the last 6 months or so. Go figure.

What’s next for you and your art?

Next for me: Best of Show at the BSG Music Show gives me some confidence that my work is good enough.  I’ll likely enter more contests. I plan to join BSG in September 2017 as a resident artist. I look forward to learning from the other artists that keep their studios there and hope I can bring something to the table as well.  I will continue my paint and interiors business as I do not wish to be a “starving artist”.

Which one relates to you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

Old school media. I like to hold books and newspapers in my hand.

Picasso vs. da Vinci

da Vinci

Realism vs. Abstract

Realism

Mountains vs. Lakes

Lakes

Market Square vs. The Old City

Mkt Square/Old City both have their charms

Coffee house vs. Pub

Pub

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

Sunsphere

 

Mallory Bertrand – Trois Extraordinaires

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I am from Portland, but I currently live in Knoxville, TN.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

I have dabbled in many types of art from painting to photography. I mainly do photography related work, and I am ALWAYS working on something. I also have a few custom painting projects.

What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

A lot of people know my work for its creative themes. As a photographer it’s hard to step out and be noticed so with my work I try to make it different so that when someone sees it they say “that’s MALLORY’S work.”

What inspires you and why?

I am inspired by so many things. It really depends on my projects on what inspires me. Often times, I am inspired by things of nature. I take those things and turn it into a creative.

What’s next for you and your art?

I am currently working on a few projects.  I don’t often release my ideas, but you shall soon see tea parties in the moss as well as a re-creation of my zombie series.

What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

The best thing about Knoxville’s art community is the LOVE for the Arts.

 

Which one relates better to you?

Digital media vs. Old school media- 

Digital Media- allows you to have more limits with your art

Picasso vs. da Vinci- 

Da Vinci

Realism vs. Abstract

Abstract

Mountains vs. Lakes

Lakes

Market Square vs. The Old City

Market Square

Coffee house vs. Pub

Pub

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building

 

Natalie Ricker – Trois Extraordinaires

 

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I am from Morristown, TN. I moved to Knoxville in 2007 to go to UT, and I haven’t left since.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

I have tried collage art, jewelry wrapping, and sculpting, but now I do acrylic painting, soft pastel art, and mixed media abstract. Abstract is my favorite, you can do so much with it.

What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

I think people will notice I really focus on nature. Every painting I do has a nature theme, and I like to focus on my favorite parts of evening that bring me peace and calm.

What inspires you and why?

Early morning walks, late evening walks, the ocean, and open spaces.

What’s next for you and your art?

I hope to find other ways of sharing my art with the world, and I plan to work more with watercolors.

What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

There are so many opportunities for new artists to share their work. This community has given me a chance I never expected, and the support not every community can offer.

Which one relates to you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

Old school media.

Picasso vs. da Vinci

Picasso

Realism vs. Abstract

Abstract

Mountains vs. Lakes

Lakes

Market Square vs. The Old City

Market Square

Coffee house vs. Pub

Pub

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

Sunsphere

Lennie Robertson – Trois Extraordinaires

Where are you from and where do you live now?

Born in Tulsa, OK, moved to Staten Island, NY briefly, then to Richmond, VA, then to suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Chose Tennessee for college and made Knoxville my home since 1973.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

Photography all the way for me.

What are some themes of your work that others will notice? One favorite quote from Rumi sums up the base theme of my photographic eye…

“Journeys bring power and love

back into you. If you can’t go somewhere,

move in the passageways of the self.

They are like shafts of light,

always changing, and you change

when you explore them.”

 

What inspires you and why?

Anything that stimulates a story, or even a caption in my mind attracts my eye.

 What’s next for you and your art?

I’ve been discussing a joint exhibition at the Emporium, with one or two, other artists. Then I want to turn around and take that exhibition to Little Rock for exhibition where one of the artists is living.

 What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now? 

The artists that call Knoxville home. They give of themselves, and have for years, to help Knoxville grow its art community. They have fought for years to grow and support new artists. The changes since the 1980’s are phenomenal, and continue. As a budding art photographer I cannot thank them enough.

  Which one relates to you?

 Digital media vs. Old school media

Digital media fits my style, giving me endless possibilities.

 Picasso vs. da Vinci

da Vinci said “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

 Realism vs. Abstract

I look for the abstract results from real transitions.

 Mountains vs. Lakes

Why I love Knoxville, I can have both to enjoy and explore the quiet change occurring in both.

 Market Square vs. The Old City

I love the similarities and differences of both!

 Coffee house vs. Pub

I am not sure I’ve ever gone to a Coffee house, I drink tea. But I love a good Pub!

 Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

They are significant for such very different reasons. Both spark memories that I treasure.

Synthia Clark – Intrinsic Expansion Exhibit

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I was actually born in Chesapeake, VA, grew up in Rockwood, TN, completed my undergrad in Clarksville, TN, and have been living in Knoxville, TN since 2012.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?
It has always been photography for me.
What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

Short depth of field, abstraction, textures, intricacies – the little things.
What inspires you and why?
Almost everything is an inspiration; it’s more about having the mindset of being able to take time and key into what’s around me.
What’s next for you and your art?
I’m pushing myself for a small exhibit at the Emporium in October. I’m calling it “Anthropomorphize” and will be focused on finding faces in everyday surroundings.
What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?
It’s growing! There are so many opportunities to get involved and put yourself out there.
Which one is more like you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

Picasso vs. da Vinci
Realism vs. Abstract

Mountains vs. Lakes

Market Square vs. The Old City

 

Coffee house vs. Pub

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

Candy Barbee – Intrinsic Expansion Exhibit

Where are you from and where do you live now? 

Southern Ohio and I live in Knoxville now-I’ve been in Tennessee since 1974.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

I primarily do photography now and occasionally water media abstract paintings

What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

Organic Abstractions-Nature Based

What inspires you and why?

Textures, colors and unusual shapes in nature

What’s next for you and your art?

Continuing with what I am doing now

What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now? 

That this is a visible art community with shops, studios, and galleries. It is wonderful!

Which one is more like you? 

Digital media vs. Old school

Media

Picasso vs. daVinci

Although I adore the detail and incredible breadth of da Vinci’s work (I believe he was

from “off planet”), I am more an abstractionist like Picasso.

Realism vs. Abstract

I love the realism of photography, but I work to make mine portray more abstraction than reality

Mountains vs. Lakes

Both are equally amazing and worth working hard to maintain their purity and access

Market Square vs. The Old City

Equally, both have their virtues

Coffee house vs. Pub 

I don’t frequent either

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

Truthfully, I’ve not up in either

“Interrupted Signal” Exhibit by Charlesey Charlton-McCallister

Where are you from and where do you live now?

Greeneville TN / Greeneville TN – I live on the family farm.

What types of art have you done in the past and what are you currently working on today?

Printmaking, Mixed Media, Digital Photography and Graphic Design, Traditional Drawing / I have been experimenting with fibers and ceramics in the last few months

What are some themes of your work that others will notice?

Nudes and Landscape; mostly with pops of color

What inspires you and why?

The natural world, my background is very much ingrained in the local Appalachian culture.

What’s next for you and your art?

I don’t know

What’s the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

I’m not really sure since this is my first exposure to the community.

Which one is more like you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

I think both, I’m a good case for contradiction

Picasso vs. da Vinci

Picasso

Realism vs. Abstract

Both

Mountains vs. Lakes

 Mountains

Market Square vs. The Old City

The Old City

Coffee house vs. Pub

Pub

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

Sunsphere

Misty Tippens – Juror’s Choice – Peace Works

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I was born and raised here in Knoxville. I moved away for a bit, but life brought me back.

Do you enter a lot of contests and what inspired you to enter this show?

No, this is my first. Honestly, I didn’t even realize it was a contest.  I almost had a panic attack when they said it was time for awards! I just thought it would be a wonderful opportunity if some of my work could be shown.

Explain what your winning piece is about.

It is called “Letting Go: Water Cycle.”  My inspiration was a quote that said “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim, you don’t grab hold of the water or you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”  A trans-formative, peaceful beauty is found in letting go and having faith. For me, having peace is having faith and trusting myself to whatever waters may come.

Is this different than what you usually make and if so, how?

It’s different and the same. I experiment with every medium I can get my hands on. I can’t seem to settle on one particular style either. I’m just really enjoying every ounce of the process and I feel as though I learn something new every time I play around.

What inspires you and why?

Life inspires me. The joys and the sorrows. I try to avoid suppressing my emotions and instead channel them into something others can connect with through art.

What’s next for you and your art?

Well, I’m not certain what’s next. I will keep working and learning and hopefully make some connections with fellow artists and see what happens.

What is the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

I don’t know yet. I’m just now discovering the Knoxville art community and hoping to become a little part of it.

Which one is you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

I enjoy both, but old school has my heart.

Picasso vs. da Vinci

~da Vinci

Realism vs. Abstract

Realism in abstract situations maybe…

Mountains vs. Lakes

Are people really able to choose one over the other???

Market Square vs. The Old City

Market square-especially during the farmers market

Coffee house vs. Pub

Coffee house

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

I like the unique vibe of the Sunsphere

Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler – Best of Show Winner – Peace Works

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I grew up in Eastern Long Island and have now lived in Knoxville for 15 years.

Do you enter a lot of contests and what inspired you to enter this show?

As a resident artist at BSG, I’ll always feel compelled to participate in our events. I believe it helps tune my skills to be able to focus on a specific theme while still staying true to the theme I’m currently working on. This is the third contest I’ve entered. It is the second contest I’ve entered with BSG.

Explain what your winning piece is about.

At first, it was simply about the peace within myself when I’m photographing in a downtown urban location.  When I started stitching the images together in the studio, I saw what became the new focal point in the piece, which turned it into the peace one can find through togetherness, fellowship, and fighting hate with love. It turned into the comfort of knowing that you’re not alone.

Is this different than what you usually make and if so, how?

Again, I did want to stay true to my usual digital urban decay theme, but this is the first time I’ve ever turned it into a self portrait, or photographed myself for artistic purposes.

What inspires you and why?

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese art form focusing on the aesthetics of imperfection. My inspiration is maintaining the ability to see beauty in that which others may not.  With that power, I never get bored.

What’s next for you and your art?

There will be some traveling ahead to discover new places and material. I do want to go back to New Orleans, but Detroit and Utah are on the list as well for this year.

What is the best thing about the Knoxville art community right now?

I think the greatest thing about the Knoxville art community is that the people a part of it, realize that they have the power to build and change it.  For years, it seemed like the one stop shop of galleries was the Knoxville Emporium. Now A1, BSG, FCAC, the Knoxville Makers, Modern Studio… all these new places and organizations are broadening the Knoxville art spectrum. It’s due to fearless artist residents that are paving their own way. It’s really nice to see.

Which one is you?

Digital media vs. Old school media

Digital. It feels more mine when I have the power to change it.

Picasso vs. da Vinci

Da Vinci.  Artist AND Scientist… A mind way before his time.

Realism vs. Abstract

To each their own. I love both in their own way.

Mountains vs. Lakes

Both

Market Square vs. The Old City

Old City has it’s niches, but I prefer the square.

Coffee house vs. Pub

These are both staples in my life and you can’t make me pick.

Sunsphere vs. The Empire State Building

That’s hard being from NY. As much as I dislike that golden golf ball, I still have to pick it. It’s what makes Knoxville, Knoxville. NY lost the towers, it still looks like Manhattan to me. If it lost the ESB, it’d still be the busy metropolis that it is. There are millions of people out there that have never been to Knoxville and probably know still know it because of the Sunsphere.