"From These Hills" — Dr. Risatti Discusses the Art Submitted
Curator's Comments About the Selected Art
By Angela Wampler | June 27, 2007Guest curator Dr. Howard Risatti comments on the artists and their work:
(Click on the artist's name
to view their artwork and
comments by Dr. Risatti.)
— Anne Armentrout [Bristol, Va.] Dali-esque photo collages of images taken from magazines.
— Alison Pack [Radford, Va.] small-scale metal sculptures, and Baldwin True North and Mindy North [Riner, Va.] collaborative assemblage sculptures.
— Lou Haney [Johnson City, Tenn.] concentrates on the unlimited consumption that is pop culture.
— Lee Coburn [Glade Spring, Va.] pressing social commentary is apparent in his paintings.
— Misty Stratton [Wise, Va.] urges us to consider another kind of reality with embroidery and used flour sacks.
— Elaine Fleck [Roanoke, Va.] collages images (usually of insects cut from printed fabrics) onto her "canvas" and then paints scenes on the canvas.
— Robyn Raines [Cedar Bluff, Va.] and Joseph Champagne [Bristol, Va.] both challenge our modes of understanding by altering our normal perceptions of things.
— Charlie Brouwer [Willis, Va.] and Jennifer L. Collins [Radford, Va.] combine the real space of sculpture with the imaginary space of painting to create 3-D vignettes.
— Joshua Coleman [Cleveland, Tenn.] and Thomas Schram [Asheville, NC] combine nature and the land in sculptures.
— John W. Hilton [Kingsport, Tenn.], Bonnie Moreno [Christiansburg, Va.] and Pat Pilchard [Boone, NC] strike a very different chord.
— Gay Smith [Bakersville, NC] makes functional ceramics in porcelain.
— Mary Alice Kelly [Kingsport, Tenn.] offers a metaphor for the individual's personal struggle with existence.
— Mary Tartaro [Blacksburg, Va.] and Marvin Tadlock [Bristol, Va.] hauntings visions and the wisdom of Soloman.
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