Artsclamation!, a fine arts sale showcasing regional artists and benefiting Peninsula, the behavioral health division of Parkwest Medical Center, will be Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive. The annual event will present works in a variety of media ranging from paintings to pottery and jewelry.
Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies to lead healthy, productive lives. Peninsula provides inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults in Knox and nearby counties, including individual and group therapy, specialized programs and peer support groups. Behavioral care is also provided at Parkwest Medical Center for senior adults with co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions.
Artsclamation! 2018 Featured Artist
Featured artist for this year’s Artsclamation! is Ann Nichols of Chattanooga. Working primarily in oil, Nichols said she is drawn to realism, and enjoys painting objects and setting up tableaus.
In her current series, “Split Focus,” Nichols divides the picture plane into two unequal sections, and the small detailed paintings possess a bold presence. Exotic hummingbirds, flamingos and parrots balance delicate eggs, nests, marbles, flowers or fruit in each piece.
“I wanted to do a series of miniature paintings that resembled little jewels,” Nichols said. “The brilliant colors of parrots and the iridescent jewel tones of hummingbirds convey my intention.”
Her credits include mounted solo shows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga; the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville and other galleries in the Southeast. Nichols’ paintings are in the public collections of organizations such as TVA, Opryland USA, Maryville College, UT-Chattanooga, and Sen. Bob Corker’s office in Washington, D.C. A visual arts panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in Miami, Florida, Nichols is a former arts writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
As a first-time exhibitor in Artsclamation!, Nichols calls the event a “wonderful opportunity” for regional artists to introduce their work to a new community of art patrons. “And an event organized by an institution that focuses on mental health, therapy and healing is very commendable. Clearly, Peninsula and its programs fill a need for many people in Knoxville and the surrounding area,” she said.
Local artist Hugh Bailey is the recipient of the Artsclamation! 2018 Founder’s Award in recognition of his long-time participation in the event. Bailey works primarily in painting and ceramics, and often creates whimsical animals. He is a graduate of Berea College and Indiana University, and is a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild, Knoxville Watercolor Society, the Art Market Gallery and the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.
Admission and parking are free at Artsclamation!. For more information about this year’s event and participating artists, go to www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/artsclamation.