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"Voices of Colors" Exhibit at Bristol Public Library

April 25, 2011

“Voices of Colors” , an exciting and eclectic exhibit of artwork by four women artists, Nancy Bilbro, Pat Jessee, Sherre Sullivan, and Karen Yau, will be featured in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the entire month of May. In this exhibit, each artist will bring a very different view of how she interprets the world around her.

Nancy Bilbro is an experimental artist. Most of her art is created in celebration of something around her: nature, the spiritual, the mysterious, the character of a person, sometimes with a touch of humor, and often with the pure love of color, texture, shape, and design. She typically walks the line between abstraction and representational forms in order to arouse an emotional, rather than a descriptive response. Next to God and people, her love is art.

Pat Jessee’s pieces in this exhibit are just a sampling from a larger group she has been creating since late 2009. A favorite hat and an early morning conversation about how she would miss it when she wore it out have inspired over 50 pieces. A new palette was developed from the “hat series” and in this exhibit, you will see some of the variety that sprang “Out of the Hat”. These works are a combination of her photography, collage, and humor all rolled into one exhibit.

Sherre Sullivan’s guiding artistic philosophy has been influenced by Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung who said “the artist is a priest of the collective unconscious.” Thus, in this body of artwork, a sense of mystery and unknowingness is evoked by interplay between light and dark configurations. Symbolic forms also lend an enigmatic component, reflected in architectural shapes, human figures, and other animals.

Karen Yau, a native of Hong Kong, focuses on the art of Chinese painting. After living in Kingsport for many years, she returned to the Orient and began to study this traditional style of expression. Her brush strokes express a freedom and spontaneity that capture the essence of her subject matter. Karen’s objective is to incorporate the western world’s artistic principle of 3-dimensionality to her paintings. Karen is a Master of Fine Arts graduate of E.T.S.U.

An opening reception will be held in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery on Saturday, May 14, from 2:00-4:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

This display runs May 1st -31st at the Bristol Public Library in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery. The library is open Monday- Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday- Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-5 p.m. For questions about the Art Gallery or any other library programs, call 276.821.6148.