June Artist Reception
Wednesday, June 3
Critics have described Ann’s masks as solemn, sly and wildly inventive…strikingly primitive and original…strong and contemporary.
Ann is an award-winning artist whose masks have been featured on the covers of several national art magazines (Sunshine Artists, Crafts Report) as well as in newspapers from New England to New Orleans. Her primitive figures were featured in Art Doll Quarterly.
Her work has been featured in solo shows at the Ohio Craft Museum, the Summit Medical Center, Summit NJ, and was a national winner at the State of Vermont’s Frog Hollow Craft Center competition as well as the JCC’s Metrowest Gallery in West Orange NJ. Last year her masks were featured in a solo exhibit at the Lundt Glover gallery at the Chatham, NJ Municipal Bldg. In 2012 she was awarded Best in Show at the St. James Fine Art and Craft Fair in Louisville, KY, one of the largest juried craft shows in the US.
Completely self-taught, Ann uses her masks as a canvas for her unusual and often intricate designs. Ann says this about her work, “Nature and art have always provided me with a place where I can retreat, refreshing parts of the soul where other activities can’t reach.
“I am fascinated by the rich cultural history of the gourd and its wonderful diversity. Completely self-taught, gourd have become the focus as well as the canvas for my work. I marvel at how nature can create something both beautiful and ugly at the same time.
My masks while primarily intuitive are certainly influenced by being raised in New Orleans, a place where natives are comfortable wearing masks, from Mardi Gras masks to serious voodoo face coverings. New Orleans was a mystical place to be formed, a city that still refuses the entreaties of the rest of the world to eat less, get to work, stop dancing and wear clothing appropriate to your gender or age. And my masks reflect this free spirit.”
Ann and her husband, Martin, have been living in Franklin, TN for a year.
Stephen is a born and raised Tennessean artist currently working and livingout of Nashville. Stephen’s larger than life art strives to capture what is human and what is real through the art form known as expressionism.
Mostly self-taught, Mr. Watkins found his artistic voice by replicating the works of the old masters, such as Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. He then later discovered not only the works of Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko, and was most greatly influenced by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The large scale in which Stephen works is a means of speaking to the audience with as large of a voice as he has. He hopes to find the thread which connects the audience, the work and the artist.
Karen June Pinsonneault
June Originals was established in 2001 by artist, Karen June Pinsonneault. Originally a native of the Midwest, Karen spent the last 30 years in Central Pennsylvania and recently relocated to Nashville, TN. From a young age, Karen found herself visually inspired by her environment and that led to an arts degree from Indiana University. After college, she pursued a teaching career and raised her family. Her artistic talents lead her to excel in interior, floral, and mosaic design as well as becoming an award-winning photographer. Utilizing repurposed items, Karen creates heavy acrylic paintings with a unique texture and dimensional effect. She enjoys using artifacts like glass, sand, starfish, beads, wood, anything else she finds intriguing. Each piece of art she creates is one of kind. With her background interior design and home decor, Karen also creates custom commission work for her clientele’s specific desires and needs.
Karen moved to Nashville in 2013 and is now a member of the Tennessee Art League, Tennessee Artists, and the Hendersonville Arts Council. Her work has been displayed at a number of Nashville galleries, including The Arcade and Art & Invention, as well as artisan shows like Christmas Village, City Farmhouse Pop-up Show (co-presented by Country Living Magazine), made in Nashville, Tomato Art Festival, Cabin Fever Heyday, Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club’s “Wine & Art Night,” and December Market at Spaces: Local Fine Craft Micro-Boutiques. Karen is overjoyed with the warm welcome she has received in Nashville and is more inspired than ever to create.
The work of furniture craftsman, Tom Lewis will be displayed throughout the galleries. Tom’s journey as an artist started when he replaced an old fence. He was left with piles of rustic lumber. It began to speak to him. In it he saw tables, frames and shelves. Now he scavenges for materials and challenges himself to build items that are both beautiful and useful. He likes to think that his creations can point a way toward using fewer forest resources, as well as, promote local manufacturing. His projects do not require blueprints or very much planning, He just lets them take on a life of their own.
The exhibits for the artists can be viewed all hours the GJCC is open. The GJCC is located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd. For more information, contact the GJCC at 615.356.7170, Curator Carrie Mills, or visit www.nashvillejcc.org.