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Volume 26, Number 11 — November 2018

Arts Calendar

 Kristin Colson and Don Burger to Exhibit work at the McKinney Center
Don Burger's art is the evolving product of an imaginative life.
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Kristin Colson and Don Burger to Exhibit work at the McKinney Center

Date(s):  October 26 - November 16, 2018
Venue: McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School

Jnesborough, TN 37659

JONESBOROUGH, TN — Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center hosts an event Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. featuring the work of artists Kristin Colson and Don Burger. The exhibition runs through Nov. 16. The McKinney Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most all the artwork is on sale to the public during the duration of the exhibition.

Colson is a visual artist who creates with a vision of hope and a heart for humanity. Finding beauty in what has been discarded or overlooked, her abstract images suggest new perspectives and intriguing dimensions. Often visualizing themes of redemption, she incorporates vibrant colors from nature with subtle metallic nuances. Recent work includes mixed media and concrete jewelry.

Colson has enjoyed crafting with her hands since childhood. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from Milligan College, and she went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. Many of her pieces are commissioned. She has also done numerous art service projects including teaching lessons, overseas art missions and live painting within worship events. During the day, she works as an art therapist helping others through their own creative processes to reflect on life and find hope in their journey.

Burger's art is the evolving product of an imaginative life. From childhood, he found inspiration and comfort in seeing and expressing, more than the eye can see. Art was a private matter, however. That all changed with adulthood, thanks to a mentor who saw the artist in him and encouraged it. His inner play with words, images and musical notes became an outgoing passion, played out on the stage of his work in family literacy. As a street-based painter, he chose old, worn-yet-historic neighborhoods as his subjects. As a musician, folk music provided a medium for environmental and inter-cultural activism. As an author/producer of various educational media, he sought to make a difference. As an actor/producer/director, he encouraged the portraying of previously untold stories. It was parenthood, however, that provided dimension, as he encouraged the artist in his children, and they, in turn, inspired Burger to become an emerging sculptor, composer and outdoor enthusiast.

Since retiring in 2004, his focus has shifted from global to local: teaching pottery, painting, musical instruments and facilitating artistic practices in the community. Pottery became his preferred medium for exploration of form and themes of unity and interpersonal connections. This exhibit is a "we portrait." All of his inspiration comes from family, students and neighbors. All of the pieces were inspired by, and in several cases, infused with, students' and other artists' participation.

The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and boasts of a mission to be, “committed to inspiring the people of our area through both the appreciation of and the participation in the arts as a form of personal and collective expression.” The objective of the program is to “bring the community at large closer together and show as an example to other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life.” The McKinney Center is a department within the Town of Jonesborough.

For more information, email Theresa Hammons at or call 423-753-0562.

Topics: Art, Exhibits

Kristin Colson finds art in what has been discarded or overlooked.

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