Manchester Art Committee recently unveiled a project revamp the Manchester Arts Center’s visual arts exhibits.

The initial step was shows from local schools in December and January. Coffee County High School’s art students were our guests as well as Coffee County Middle School earlier this month. In march the coffee county elementary schools will be invited for exhibitions.

MAC board member Lina Robertson Gaines explained some of the passion behind the project.

“You could say, like the Chicago fire, it all started with a spark, a small exhibit of charcoals and watercolor for the production of “Chicago,” and that reignited the passion for visual art. The fire was light and we have been busy.  The productions that followed were each accompanied by art from one of our local talent. We have had paintings, stained glass and jewelry as well as pottery,” she said.

“There is the enormous talent of our community,” Gains said. “As you probably know there is more to art than paintings. We are looking for art in many forms such as textiles, jewelry, metal works, photography, furniture as well as book illustrations and possibly in the future short films.”

Gains said that the MAC will display some “extraordinary, must see, sculptures”  by Gage Hutchins and Bill Nichols, plus two sculptures by Carl Rummel and paintings by his wife Gloria.

This summer the MAC will offer art classes for grades first to sixth with a public exhibit Aug. 1. Students will be able to register by the week or month. It will be two days a week for one hour each day, space is limited so don’t delay.

On June 6 The MAC  will be conducting a vendor sale for any artist who would like to rent space at the center for that day. Anyone interested can contact us via the website www.manchesterartscenter.com or contact Linda Gaines at lrgaines66@gmail.com.

 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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