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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

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Work of Tara Bolling at SWVA Higher Ed Center
"Woman in Red" by Tara Bolling
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Work of Tara Bolling at SWVA Higher Ed Center

Date(s):  April 18 - June 30, 2017
Venue: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Just off I-81 Exit 14
Abingdon, VA 24210

ABINGDON, Va. — For the past 20 years, creating art has been an exploration of self and truth for artist Tara Bolling, whose work contains a layered, patchwork quilt of dreams, memories and experiences stitched together throughout her life. Though the course of Bolling's work has evolved over the years, she says the themes remain consistent.

Inherent in her work is the artist's desire to embody a spirit of celebration — a celebration of life; a celebration of treasures found in the offbeat and the ordinary; a celebration of the extraordinary veiled in the mundane. Bolling is a self-described collector of images, finding beauty in the simplest of aesthetics. All materials employed in her work are chosen with deliberation and calculation, according to Bolling, who draws inspiration from various papers, images, words, postcards and photographs. Strongly influenced by cultural archetypes and her own heritage, Bolling states that "this body of work shows my transgressions and growth as a person, an artist, and most importantly a mother."

Encompassing a wide range of techniques, materials, and processes in her work, Bolling says, "The pieces comprising this exhibition are tied together by recurrent themes that have continually surfaced throughout my 20 years of making art on this beautiful planet." Especially relevant are themes of family and nature.

Bolling grew up in Marion, Virginia, and attended the Fine Arts Program at VCU in Richmond, Virginia. After having lived in coastal North Carolina for many years, Bolling has returned home and resides in Saltville, Virginia, with her family. She is available for commission.

Located on the second floor Art Wall, the exhibit will be on display through June, 2017, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. For additional information, contact the Higher Education Center at 276-619-4300.

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