Brenda Stein, who is currently displaying her works in an exhibition titled “Three Perspectives” in Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center’s gallery (along with painters Kim Barrick and Carolyn Reiss-Dodson), will present an informal Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 22, 6 pm – 7 pm. She will discuss her works that are on exhibit, her artistic motivations, inspirations and techniques.
Centennial Art Center’s Director, Brenda McSurley says, “Brenda Stein is such a delightful and talented woman with many admirers of her woodturnings, far and wide. This will be a great chance for her fans, long-term and new, to hear her speak and ask her about her work. She has added pieces to the exhibit since opening day, so there is more to see, too!”
Woodturner Brenda Stein – an independent studio and popular artist living in Nashville – creates strong and graceful forms that she says express “…the individual spirits of Tennessee’s magnificent trees.” She has trained with woodturning masters David Ellsworth, Ray Key and John Jordan and was also mentored by the late Charles Alvis. She describes her approach to her art form, “Combining the perfect curve with the richness of our Tennessee trees brings me great joy, whether the final piece is a classic bowl or figurative sculpture. Every tree has a story. Each piece is the voice of the tree inspiring deeper connections with our natural world.” Of particular interest and enjoyment is the creation of commissioned works from trees that have special significance to their owners. In keeping with her “good stewardship philosophy,” Stein uses only local and reclaimed woods. This exhibit will include her more typical, beautiful bowls and will also début some of her newer work that will introduce what she describes as a more “playful side” of her repertoire.
Appearing as the featured artist in a Nashville Public Television program, Tennessee Crossroads : Brenda Stein, Woodturner, her woodturnings are much sought-after by collectors both locally and nationally. She has received numerous commissions and has works in many permanent collections including the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Governor Phil Bredesen (and five governors of other States), Ms. Martha Ingram – Schermerhorn Symphony, The Tennessee (Governor’s) Residence, Town of Huntingdon (TN) and Warner Parks (recognition series, via Metro Parks). Local exhibitions include Centennial Art Center, Customs House Museum, LeQuire Gallery, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Nashville International Airport (Flying Solo Exhibition), Renaissance Center, Tennessee Art League’s Premiere Gallery, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee State Museum and Watkins College of Art and Design. She also participates in selected exhibitions and art shows in the Southeast. Brenda Stein has served as a juror for several fine-craft events.
A member of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, Brenda Stein currently serves as Co-President of the Cumberland Valley Chapter (CV-TACA). She also works with Cheekwood’s School Outreach Program, demonstrating woodturning while both inspiring and educating students. She is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, has served as Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners, is an active member of The Arts Council of Williamson County and is an advocate for Tennesseans for the Arts.
The Art Center’s gallery manager, Lena Arice Lucas, says, “We are so pleased with this outstanding exhibition and the public’s enthusiastic response. There are so many talented, creative people in the Nashville area, and it is such an honor to exhibit works by these three exceptional visual artists. I am so excited that they have generously offered to conduct Gallery Talks and share their time discussing their art with the public.”
The exhibition, Three Perspectives, closes on Wednesday, March 28th at 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Art Center is located in the 25th Avenue North and Park Plaza Corner of Nashville’s Centennial Park and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (with extended hours during opening receptions and Gallery Talks). For more information call (615) 862-8442.