Abingdon artist, Patricia Ringley McCarthy will present, “From Nature to Abstraction” at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. Pat’s show opens on Wednesday, January 3rd and runs through Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Arts Depot will host a Meet-the Artist reception on Thursday, January 4, from 6-8pm. Admission to the Arts Depot is always free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments and a glass of wine (to those over 21) will be served.
Pat’s show is a display of oils, acrylics and mixed media pieces painted on canvas, board and paper. Her theme, “From Nature to Abstraction” comes from her very special way of working from nature to create objective and non-objective abstract paintings.
Pat explains, “About twenty years ago I painted this picture of an older artist surrounded by her abstract paintings. I saw it as a narrative illustrating the tendency for mature artists to work more abstractly. At the time I had no interest in adopting that style. I was busy creating more lifelike representational pieces. However, today I find myself, like the lady in my painting, surrounded by abstract work.”
Pat continues, “Abstract painting can be compared to writing fiction. It allows the artist great latitude in expression. The most abstract pieces are referred to as nonobjective. In fact they do not have to be about anything in particular. At the other end of the spectrum we find objective abstractions of more recognizable subjects. Just as I like to read both fiction and nonfiction, I enjoy painting both types of abstractions. I think it is good practice to work in a variety of styles….As a native painter of the Appalachian area, I marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. Many of my paintings relate to and celebrate the natural world. Thus the theme for this show “From Nature to Abstraction.” Pat says “Living in a beautiful town like Abingdon inspires me to interpret local landmarks with a new perspective. My goal in all my paintings is to provide the viewer something to respond to and perhaps think about and reflect upon.”
Pat’s art education includes being mentored and taught by master painters, Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon. She also studied with Craig Nelson, Joseph Larusso, Guido Frick, and Marcus Blahove. She attended Fredericksburg Art School in Fredericksburg, TX.
Pat was born and grew up in Bristol, VA. Her work experience includes teaching college and high school English and business. She retired in 2007 as Professor of Business Education at Appalachian State University. She has maintained studios at Zazzy’Z Coffee House in Abingdon and at the Sculptor and Painter Studio in Winston-Salem, NC. She has taught beginning oil painting and has participated in numerous national and local art shows including the Virginia Highlands Festival’s Juried Fine Arts Exhibit where she won an Award of Merit.
Pat is currently an Artist in Residence at William King Museum of Art in Abingdon. When she is not painting, she is traveling to visit three grown children and six grandchildren. Her husband of fifty two years, Henry is host of a radio show, Poets and Writers broadcast from Emory and Henry College. She says, “We have a great life pursuing our many interests.”
Also opening on January 3rd and to be honored at the January 4th reception are four area artists presenting exhibits in the Members Gallery of the Arts Depot.
Nick Freeman was “born and bred in Bristol, TN.” He is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville with a degree in Journalism and Fine Art. After working in pottery in college Nick worked as a reporter for several local newspapers, and a brief stint at the St. Pete Times in Florida. He has worked for a stain glass artist, managed an art gallery and a sign shop. He was finally able to focus all of these experiences into creating his own artwork and now participates in about ten art shows a year and sells his work in over 20 different galleries and boutiques in Virginia and Tennessee.
Nick works with charcoal and some limited color, dry pastels. He draws exclusively from photographs and says, “My subject matter includes just about any moment in time that can be captured on film. I have worked from many old black and white photos of historical landmarks, or new pictures that I have taken. I also enjoy doing special orders for people from their old family photos or even pictures of the family dog.”
Nick has displayed in the Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, The Highlands Festival in Abingdon and Rhythm and Roots in Bristol. His work is on display at the Birthplace of County Music Museum, A Work of Art Gallery and The Mercantile in Bristol, and Abingdon’s Holston Mountain Artisans Craft Shop. His show at the Arts Depot will be “a casual stroll through our little area of the globe featuring some of the iconic features that make Abingdon and Bristol so special.”
Bonnie Kelley: Bonnie’s first show was the Juried Fine Art show during the Virginia Highlands Festival in August, 2017. She has won several first, second and third place ribbons for her acrylic work and for her photography at the Russell County Fair in September, 2017. She says “I’ve been drawing horses all my life… Mom has a BA in Art Education, so she drew with me and encouraged me from an early age… I’ve always had a special love for horses, and so wanting to draw and photograph them came naturally to me. In high school, I painted stall signs with images of each individual horse for my 4-H club to hang during horse shows.” Now, Bonnie is commissioned to paint pet portraits. She enjoys “capturing memories through photography, whether it be something beautiful I’ve seen in nature or working with a client and their family (both two- and four-legged).”
Bonnie grew up in Nokesville, VA (Prince William County). In 2006, she moved to Lebanon, VA, where she currently lives with her fiancé, rescue dog, and three horses. Quite appropriately, Bonnie currently works part-time at Abingdon Pet Grooming on Preston Street in Abingdon.
Linda Puckett was born in Mountain City, Tn. At the age of 4 her parents moved the family to Bristol, TN. She lived in Chesapeake, VA for 30 yrs., moving back to Bristol, Va. 35 years ago where she is enjoying life with her husband of 33yrs. Linda says of her painting ability, “It was a gift God gave me.…I have never been able to draw anything in my life, until I asked God to help me find something that I could do to make me happy. He gave it to me in May, 2017.” She says “happiness and bright colors” fuel her passion for painting and art. She enjoys painting abstract pieces primarily in acrylics.
Josiah Stam: Originally from Iowa, Josiah Meadowview VA for nine years. He currently is studying Graphic Design at Liberty University. Regarding his show at the Depot he says,” This selection of work focuses on the uniqueness and creativity of the individual. It celebrates the young, and young at heart who love to explore and take risks.”
The Arts Depot is located at 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA.