The Barton Art Gallery on the campus of Martin Methodist College opens the 2013-14 academic year with an exhibit that takes the viewer to a rural setting rich with the appreciation of the arts.

“Some Times: Outsider Art from Hickman County” opens on Monday, Sept. 9, with a 7 p.m. reception in the Barton Gallery, located on the second floor of the Gault Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will continue through Monday, Nov. 4.

“Art sometimes nestles in a spot and springs forth uncalled for,” said Clarissa Lega, a resident of Hickman County, located 53 miles southwest of Nashville, and producer of Wood and Strings Theatre in the county seat of Centerville. “This county of 22,000 is known as the birthplace of musicians and artists from the Opry such as Howdy Forrester, Paul Warren and Minnie Pearl, among many others.”

Not so well known, however, Lega said, is the large number of gifted visual artists in Hickman County.

“Out of the countryside of these rolling hills and wooded forest, a definitive cluster of arts is being discovered,” she said. “Not that they are brand new . . . they have been doing their art for years . . . we are just now finding their work and realizing its attraction.”

“Some Times” features works from seven artists who each bring a distinct approach to art.

·      The work of the late Ananda Fuller is featured in Barton Gallery for the second time. “Her short but significant life inspired many with the strength of her  perseverance to stay alive and live life completely,” Lega said.

·      Randy Toy, born and raised in Hickman County, is showing the latest pieces of art, which, Lega said, is “a style of his own, painting intriguing story lines into his vibrant images.” He and wife Luann, a sculptor in her own right, exhibited at the Barton Gallery in the past. Their daughter, Cofie, is a 2013 graduate of Martin Methodist College, and their son, Austin, is a member of the freshman class.

·      Jo Neace Krause and Emily Allison moved to Hickman County to live in the quiet country environment. “Ms. Krause is a painter interpreting country life with spontaneity and vibrant color,” Lega said, “while Ms. Allison composes with bits of tin and tacks producing work that jumps off the canvas.”

·      Rand Lane and Joyce Day, partners in life, share a passion for outsider art. “Rand will be showing his paintings created to honor folk artists,” Lega said, “while Joyce will show her work in sand casting, a process she uses to create dimensional cast iron bowls dressed inside and out with images.”

·      A young artist who has recently emerged from Hickman County, Daniel Sheridan creates with cast-off farm implements – “junk for most people,” Lega explained, “and he turns these into highly imaginative sculptures.”

For more information about this exhibit or the Barton Art Gallery, contact Bernice Davidson, assistant professor of art at Martin Methodist College, at 931-363-9894.

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