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Clarksville Downtown Artists Co-op presents Leslie Campbell and Steven Walker, May 7th-30th 2015

 

Downtown Artists Co-opClarksville, TN – The Clarskville Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce an exhibit of fine art by Leslie Campbell and Steven Walker. The opening reception for this extraordinary exhibit will be on May 7th from 5:00pm till 8:00pm.

Leslie Campbell grew up in Massachusetts and attended North Adams State College (hence renamed the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts). She taught Middle School Art for several years.

Art Works by Leslie Campbell.

Art Works by Leslie Campbell.

Leslie says “The classroom was a great creative outlet for me but I always wanted to create more!” Leslie married her high school sweetheart and moving around became a part of her “crazy military life.” She goes on to say, “We have been stationed in some wonderful places and have watched our two boys grow up around different cultures.  Not only did this influence their lives in a positive way, it shaped us as a strong family unit and it has created an endless supply of inspiration for me as an artist.”

“Most of my work features a woman on some sort of journey in life” says Leslie. “I consider my work to be mixed media in which a found image gets layers and layers of  paint, colored pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, textiles, and papers until I’ve created the perfect scene.”

Of this exhibit Leslie says, “For this exhibit, I’ve used the Girl Scout Handbook as a guide to paint.  I was curious how my older mature woman’s perspective would change some of the tasks in the book.  What do we carry with us through the years for survival along the path of life?  Do I set the table for dinner the same way I did as a girl?  Do I adhere to the patterns, the rules, the steps for completing a badge?  Do the laws and promise mean the same thing to me as they did when I was young?  My journey has just begun and there are many miles to go on this path.”

Dreaming. (Steven Walker)

Dreaming. (Steven Walker)

Steven Walker is a fourth generation Texan who grew up in Seguin, TX. As a young child, Walker developed his love for art as a result of his mother often taking him to galleries and museums. Walker attended Texas State University in San Marcos, but didn’t complete his degree at that time.

Nevertheless, twenty-seven years later Walker returned to college to complete his BFA in studio arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he still lives and works.

It’s been said that Steven M. Walker’s artwork contains rich, striking colors and imagery that prompts thoughtful conversations and meditations while transporting the viewer into landscapes and scenes of metaphysical awareness. Through Walker’s creative process that combines freedom and insight; he succeeds in giving the viewer a profound and inspiring body of work.

His artistic focus has shifted and is now characterized by an objective to reveal the latent potential of disregarded materials. Walker is influenced by the increasingly prevalent theories and practices of industrial materials reclamation, resource conservation, and recycling in contemporary art.

The DAC will be serving up delicious appetizers, punch and wine for the opening.

As always, the DAC opening is a central part of Clarksville’s “First Thursday Art Walk”, a wonderful evening of art, music and more in beautiful Historic Downtown Clarksville. First Thursday Art Walk occurs regularly on the first Thursday of each month.

DAC will be open Noon-4:00pm, Wednesday-Friday and 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday, See our website at www.downtownartistsco-op.com or visit us on Facebook for more information.

This month’s exhibit is on display May 6th-30th and is sponsored by The Framemaker, Sango Fine Wines and Spirits and a number of our other patrons and sponsors.

The Clarksville Downtown Artists Cooperative Gallery is located at 96 Franklin Street in Downtown Clarksville.


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