Showcase Artists in Members Gallery June 14, 2017
Relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to beautiful East Tennessee in 2008. Renee quickly became part of the Morristown community by joining The Morristown Art Association and GFWC Somo Sala Circle. She has held board positions with both organizations. Renee is also a member of the Arts & Culture Alliance in Knoxville. Art has been a rewarding bridge to making new friends and new life experiences. Like all artist, she has enjoyed learning different art mediums. Several years ago she was introduced to the ancient art of lampworking while employed by The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her interests in this art form led her to take classes in pursuit of this avocation. Her goal was only to understand the process, but she knew immediately that she had found a passion for glass. Renee is known as the local bead maker and has taught classes in Lampwork at The Rose Center for the Arts. In addition to glass bead making, she has added enameling to her handcrafted jewelry line.
Encouraged and inspired by her local artist friends, she has added collage to her art interests, using altered paper, acrylics and watercolor pencils. This adventure into mixed media has open new avenues for her.
For the first time, in 2013 Renee entered 2 pieces into the Annual MAA Juried Show, and was thrilled when both were accepted.
In January 2014, she was the featured artist at Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville, followed by an exhibit at The General Morgan Inn in Greenville in the spring of 2014.
Her work has also been on display at the Morristown-Hamblen Library and The Rose Center for the Arts.
It's an artistic and emotional journey exploring color, texture and the influence nature has had on her life.
At the 2014 MAA Juried Show she entered two pieces and won monetary awards on both.
Her collage titled, "Memorial Vale" won the Brenda Dugger Memorial Award. It's about the beautiful hills and valleys that surround us and a reminder of the people and stories that these pastures hold.
Her second piece, "Even Green Leaves Fall" is a personal tribute and won a Merit Award.
Her mixed media collage titled "Journey" was accepted into the 2015 MAA Juried Show and sold.
In June her work was on display at the 2016 MAA Juried Show in Morristown, then at The Emporium in Knoxville where one piece, "First Day" won a Third Place Award. Currently, for the month of July her exhibit titled "Small Stories" is on display at the Knoxville Emporium.
She has also recently been accepted into a finalist position with the magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, and hopes to be in their September 2016 publication.