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Tipton Gallery to host 'Envisioned Landscape'

By Adriane Little

JOHNSON CITY (Sept. 30, 2013) – “Envisioned Landscape,” an exhibit that explores the landscape from the female point of view, will be on display from Oct. 1-25 at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St. 

A reception with an artists’ talk will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with downtown Johnson City’s monthly First Friday celebration.  Seven of the 10 artists featured in the exhibit will be on hand to speak about their works.

In addition to the reception, Arizona artist Mary Bates Neubauer will present a lecture on sculpture for ETSU art students on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Art Annex building.

“Envisioned Landscape” is presented by the ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with Johnson City’s Urban Redevelopment Alliance and ETSU’s Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Resource Center. 

It honors Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer, a loyal supporter of Slocumb Galleries.  Bishop, a past recipient of the Notable Women of ETSU Award, will be inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame during the Tennessee Economic Council on Women’s 10th annual Economic Summit for Women on Oct. 28.

The exhibit presents landscape in diverse, non-traditional form, giving it a more complex content.  Co-curators Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Slocumb Galleries director, and intern Michael Hale explored the artists’ “created” and “imagined” terrain as opposed to the traditional representation of scenery as it is.

“The landscape is one of the most popular subject matters in the history of art,” Contreras-Koterbay says.  “From the realists to impressionists, even the surrealists, the landscape as a changing muse has inspired artists for centuries.  The landscape as an art concept has further evolved in contemporary art, at times veering away from the romanticized, picturesque images of nature toward other planes, like earth art, installations, and multimedia images.  Women’s deeper understanding of birth origins, connections of the womb and Mother Earth are perspectives that imbue art with distinct terrain, a geography embodied differently from the dominant male-dominated landscape.”

Some of the “envisioned landscapes” in the exhibit present their subjects as apocalyptic or mystical and even psychedelic, revealing the artists’ exploration of media and their efforts to push the boundaries of what is considered “landscape,” according to Contreras-Koterbay.

Artists whose works are included in the exhibit are Neubauer; Diane Fox, Theresa Markiw, Mary Nees and Denise Stewart-Sanabria of Tennessee; Megan Levacy of Georgia; Esther Randall of Kentucky; Adriane Little of Michigan; Allison Luce of North Carolina; and Suzanne Stryk of Virginia.

In addition to the First Friday opening reception, Tipton Gallery is open Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and other times by appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit Tipton Gallery, contact Contreras-Koterbay at (423) 483-3179 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.