Centennial Art Center’s 2017 spring exhibit, A Walk in the Woods, celebrates the natural world with four artists exploring the textures, colors and glowing beauty of natural wood. Landscape paintings by Lisa Taylor, a local, Nashville artist combined with graceful handcrafted wood-turned vessels and sculptures by Barry Werner and Michael Holowach, and intricately sculpted furniture by Douglas Lawrence. The exhibit begins with an artists’ opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Lending a more two-dimensional approach to A Walk in the Woods, Lisa Taylor’s expressive oil paintings convey feeling and a connection to nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Lisa feels her mission as an artist is to capture fleeting moments, aiming to represent not what is seen, but what is felt. Originally from a small town southwest of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at Nossi College of Art, a professional art school in Nashville. She earned a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. She has been in numerous group and juried exhibits and is a national award-winning artist. She teaches Color Theory and Basic Drawing to students in Nossi’s Illustration Program. Lisa is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked in Planning and Contingency Preparedness, filling numerous management positions and roles in Emergency Management. In addition to the lovely landscapes of woods and streams shown in this exhibit, Lisa paints expressive cityscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings….
Sigurd F. Olson was an American Writer and Conservationist. Much of his childhood was spent in Wisconsin, where he developed a lifelong bond with nature. He carried that bond throughout life and became an active conservationist at an early age. He wanted to teach of the importance of nature to human existence. Because of his dedication, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) was established in 1991 to honor Olson, his legacy and to help continue the tradition of quality nature anecdotes from contemporary writers. This competition has attracted entries from some of the best nature writers from all over the nation. Nossi College of Art is proud to say, A Place for Turtles, a book illustrated by adjunct faculty member Higgins-Bond won the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. This book educates readers about human action (or sometimes inaction) affecting turtles and their environment. It showcases the life of turtles – how they eat, where they live, their benefits to the planet and even some interesting facts. Readers can really feel part of the turtles’s life because of Higgins-Bond’s vivid illustrations. This is the seventh award A Place for Turtles has received. It is part of a series where readers can also learn about bats, birds, frogs and butterflies. Interested in purchasing A Place for Turtles, visit this link or buy directly from PeachTree, the publisher.