By Laura Tuttle
Arrowmont is showcasing selected works of the last 60 years from its permanent collection—on view from now until January 8, 2016 in the Sandra J. Blain Gallery. Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend with their friends and family. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Arrowmont’s permanent collection includes nearly 1,000 works in fiber, ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. The exhibit features 45 artists from the collection including Dennis Sipiorski, Christian Burchard and Sandra J. Blain.
Sipiorski is a former Arrowmont photography instructor and currently teaches ceramics at Southeastern Louisiana University. Burchard resides in southern Oregon as a working sculptural artist. His work is exhibited in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Blain is professor emerita of University of Tennessee in Knoxville and former Arrowmont executive director.
Pieces of the Whole was curated by Kelly Hider, Arrowmont gallery manager and working mixed-media artist. Hider selected works that represent “multiple components— working together as a whole” either by function, concept or aesthetic. These works symbolize Arrowmont’s past, present and future in the arts and crafts community.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts.