My husband and I found artists standing at easels, paintbrushes in hand — backing up then leaning in — squinting at art in progress. Others sat with palettes beside them — dabbing, mixing, wiping — blending pigments for just the right shade.
Aurora Bull was touching up a painting of yellow flowers begun some time ago to breathe new life into it.
Her website showcases a range of abilities and subjects — landscapes, portraits, florals, and figures — all fashioned with a precise hand and rendered in oils. Like this one titled Adoration. (One of the artists whispered to us that Aurora teaches others. She’s good, the fellow artist said. We agreed!)
Sylvia Williams, too, was revisiting a painting she had begun for a friend.
Although the wedding date has come and gone, she still wants to honor the bride in her fashionable gown with a portrait contrasted by a deep, almost-navy background.
Penny Berridge used a tool I have in my garage — a plain ol’ 2-inch brush — to cast wide strokes for an amber sunset. (It works!)
A birdhouse got Sue Lane’s attention — and there were plenty more just around the partition in the Center!
Soft colors comprised the work of Mary Wilbourn — suitable for songbirds and dogwood notecards.
Sarah Weber dabbed shades of brown to make river rocks come to life. While we were there, she helped Mother Nature along by adding one more rock in the lower left corner — a solid base for a mountain stream.
Trays of paints took on a life of their own for Christine Harness who told me she had named a tray Anne Abbott. Anne Abbott? I asked. Isn’t she a teacher at Fulton?
Christine later commented, My trays are named after people I know and admire. Anne Abbott is a national artist that has workshops. I did her workshop with the Tellico Village art guild.
The Anne Abbott I know is creative, too — an English teacher I admire! We admired Christine — for attending to the detail of a finely cut water goblet — larger than life. And glistening!
We loved the fanciful, almost childlike quality of Doris Prichard’s framed piece submitted for the Members Show . . .
and we liked Doris, too — a little fanciful herself!
These AMAZING hand-crafted books by Bob Meadows caused us to do a double-take. . .
not just for the cut-outs, torn paper edges, and bindings . . . but also for the poetic passages that drew us right in.
Although Fay Piquet wasn’t painting with her fellow artists on the day of the DeTour, we couldn’t resist snapping a picture of her award-winning watercolor, Coneflower.
And my had-to-have little takeaway: Emie Sue — a carefully, colorfully brush-stroked cow by Sarah B. Weber!
Treasures lie in wait at the Fountain City Art Center. So, we’ll be back!
Fountain City Art Center, Inc.
213 Hotel Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37918