Kali Bradford and
“Vibrant colors” is the current theme for both the member and community art exhibit at the Artisan Depot in Cowan.
The gallery, located in the quaint town of Cowan, is presenting local artist Pippa Browne and her exhibit, “Delight’n the Dark,” as well as a community art exhibit entitled “Wild Mixed Media.”
Both exhibits are sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Guild and are on exhibit throughout the months of April and May at the depot.
Delight’n the Dark
Browne’s latest exhibit is described as a “showcase of paintings exploring the concept of darkness in aspects of the human condition.”
This is also Browne’s first solo exhibition at the Artisan Depot.
For the exhibition, Browne said she seeks to expose mores, ideals and prejudices embedded in the notion of darkness and blackness.
Browne said that with her dog as her muse and darkness as the metaphor she covers a range of topics from immigration, depression, repression, racism and spirituality.
Browne’s exhibit will run through May 21. An opening reception is set for 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The artist will be on hand to discuss her work.
About the Artist
Browne was born and lived most of her life in Zimbabwe, Africa.
In 1985, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and psychology. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in education from the University of Natal in South Africa.
While she was teaching in Zimbabwe, her art was regularly selected for the Zimbabwean National Heritage’s exhibitions at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and she participated in solo and group exhibitions in other galleries in Harare.
In 1995, Browne began illustrating children’s books for the publisher Barefoot Books of Bath, located in the United Kingdom.
By the end of 1997 she had five books published and had moved to the U.K. to exhibit her art and illustrations, and to run workshops in schools and libraries.
Between 1996 and 2000, her illustrations were selected for several international traveling exhibitions in Italy, Slovakia and France.
Since moving to the U.S. in 2002, she has shown her paintings in galleries in Memphis and Salinas, California.
Browne, who now calls Sewanee home, has exhibited her work in the SAS Gallery, the “Greenspace” (as part of the 2016 interdisciplinary conference on local and globalized bodies at the University of the South) and the Artisan Depot in Cowan.
Wild Mixed Media
The depot has also welcomed the locals with its community art show.
The current show is called “Wild Mixed Media” and includes pieces that mix all kinds of media to produce some really eclectic and interesting art.
In the show, artists explore ideas of technique using wire, paints, fabric and found objects.
The Franklin County Arts Guild holds community exhibits every six weeks and invites original contributions from Franklin County artists of all ages in any media for inclusion in its community arts shows at the Artisan Depot.
Individuals wishing to submit work for the next community show entitled “Art as Teacher” can submit their work at the Artisan Depot from May 4-7 during gallery operating hours.
The artists are invited to explore how and what art has taught them in their own interpretation.
If You Go
The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about upcoming art shows, the gallery or the guild visit online at www.fcaguild.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/artisandepot or contact Diana Lamb at 308-4130.