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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Arts Calendar

Members Gallery Exhibit features JoAnne Simpson, Audrey Loveland and Katherine Clark
"One Thistle, Two Thistle" by JoAnne Simpson
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Members Gallery Exhibit features JoAnne Simpson, Audrey Loveland and Katherine Clark

Date(s):  April 24 - June 01, 2019
Venue: Arts Depot
314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24212

ABINGDON, VA — The Members Gallery Exhibit from April 24 — June 1 features three artists from the region, who specialize in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen & ink and alcohol ink. The Arts Depot hosts an opening reception April 27 from 2-4 p.m. Admission to the Arts Depot is always free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments are served.

JoAnne Simpson is an artist who creates her works in acrylic, oil and alcohol ink. Born in East Tennessee, her family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where in high school she began studying art and visiting museums and art exhibits. Returning to her beginnings in East Tennessee, she wrote poetry and illustrated it in watercolor art and calligraphy for limited edition prints that have sold in many states. She continues expanding her art processes with studies in Tennessee and Virginia. Simpson’s art has been on display at Emporium Center for Arts and Culture Alliance and Rose Center.

Aubrey Loveland
says, “I find power in the pen and realize that I am in control. All of the depression, anxiety and mania are damned because through art I can dominate anything. I am not too shy to share with the world my struggles because they make me stronger and formed who I am today. I am not ashamed of my mental illness because I understand that I did not choose it. It's no different than having dark brown eyes as opposed to blue. My theme fluctuates with what inspires me but I find myself going back to animals. Perhaps it's a great love and appreciation for them. Many species are misunderstood and that saddens me so I fight back the only way I know how. With animals you are never truly misled or hurt. You are not teased or judged. (Well, perhaps a few cats or two) You can have entire conversations about literally nothing and they will listen whole-heartedly.”

Katherine Clark attended Emory & Henry College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She taught kindergarten in Northern Virginia and had a long career with a general contractor. After retiring, she studied various forms of art and became a juried artist at Heartwood, creating cutting boards with locally sourced wood. She worked at William King Arts Museum and had a studio space at Town Square Center for the Arts. She came across an old camera that had belonged to her dad. She took it apart and was amazed at the inner workings. This is how she began her shadow box art. She lives on a cattle farm near Glade Spring and is active in the Glade community.

Also opening in April: In the Spotlight Gallery is Bee Adams: “Bright and Bold,” colorful landscapes of nature and architecture. (April 10 — June1) In the Founders Gallery Highlands Community Services Student Works will be featured. (April 3 — May 4).

For further information about exhibits, classes or other offerings and activities of the Arts Depot, Abingdon, Virginia, call (276) 628-9091, e-mail, or visit their Facebook place page or web site at

Topics: Art, Reception

'Pen and Ink" by Aubrey Loveland

"Shadow Box Camera" by Katherine Clark

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