The Arts Depot will present artwork created by four area artists in the Member’s Showcase Gallery. The exhibiting artists are Sue Branham and Brenda Ratliff both from Grundy, VA; Mary Talbott from Big Rock, VA and the Barbara “Jake” Wilson from Unicoi, TN. The member’s exhibit continues through Saturday, June 10.
Arts Depot Members Gallery Exhibit Opens April 5. Meet-the-Artists Reception Thursday, April 6th, 6-8pm.
Grundy, VA artist, Sue Branham began art training while in college preparing to be a teacher. Painting became a hobby during her teaching career, however upon retirement she has enjoyed continuing her art education at area colleges and workshops. Her medium of choice is watercolor but recently began working in acrylics painting mostly landscapes, seascapes and florals.
Mary Talbott is a retired biology and earth sciences teacher from Big Rock, VA. Mary received most of her formal art education at area colleges and workshops. Her exhibit will consist of watercolors with an emphasis on plants and scenery resulting from her interest in nature. Recently Talbott has produced woven pictures made from two paintings if the same or different subjects. Mary has exhibited work at the Appalachian Arts Center, Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Festival’s Juried fine arts exhibition and the Booth Center in Grundy, VA.
Brenda Flynn Ratliff earned her B.S. degree in fine art from ETSU and earned a Master’s degree in education at the University of Virginia. Brenda was inspired by her father’s flower business, to create paintings of all of the beauty surrounding her every day. She paints bold, vibrant and dramatic paintings and says she “likes to push the limits of acrylics” by having saturated, strong colors and quirky little details.” She takes everyday objects and portrays them in dramatic and extraordinary ways.
Barbara “Jake” Wilson has had an appreciation of the colors, shapes and beauty around her all of her life. Her earliest memory, at the age of three, was the discovery of tiny flowers blooming along a dirt path where she was born and raised, “up the holler” in the hills of East Tennessee. Through the years she attended art classes in Connecticut and North Carolina. After moving back to Tennessee in 1999 her love of watercolor accelerated under the teaching of Urban Bird.
“Jake” works in watercolor and, no matter what her subject matter is, her themes always include the exploration of light and dark. She signs her name “Jake” a nickname given her by her father.