Abingdon Arts Depot: Paintings by Empowered Women, Pottery Fundraising and Early Member Exhibits | Arts and theater

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The Abingdon Arts Depot recently hosted new exhibitions which will run until July 9, with an exhibition in Katie Murphy’s Spotlight Gallery featuring paintings by empowered women, a pottery fundraiser by artist Rick Morgan as well a quilt raffle exhibit by Holston Mountain Artists, and three new exhibits by members of the Depot Artists Association.

Murphy’s ‘Singing Over the Bones’, a collection of oil paintings, primarily depicts women struggling with indecision and change primarily rooted in parenthood, motherhood and pregnancy. The collection grew out of Murphy’s unease and irritation with the way women are often portrayed in the media, particularly regarding certain stigmas of body change with age or pregnancy through the male gaze.

“I’m constantly compelled to represent the strength and struggles of women,” Murphy said. “I’m interested in the choices women make toward reclaiming self, space, and relationships, as well as what they may choose to leave behind as they move toward empowerment.”

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Plus, the Depot is fundraising with pottery made by local artist Rick Morgan, whose innovative clay molding comes from making traditional clay throwing boring after a friend did it. convinced to take a pottery class years ago.

“When I first started molding the clay,” Morgan said, “I wasn’t sure what would come of it. But I decided to let the clay do what it wanted, and now I want to find good homes for all my works.

Alongside Morgan’s pottery in the Founders Gallery is a quilt raffle sponsored by Holston Mountain Artists. Titled “Grassy Creek,” the piece was pieced together by Marty Grail and hand-quilted by Mary Warner.

Tickets are available through donations of $5 for one ticket or $20 for five tickets, and the draw will be announced on December 3, 2022; tickets can be purchased by calling 276-628-7721 Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Grassy Creek” will be moved to the Abingdon Visitor Center at Fields Penn House after June 15.

Finally, the Members Gallery will exhibit three local artists and members of the Abingdon Arts Association: Abigail Huffman of Bristol, Virginia, in acrylic and oil; Dale Carlson of Abingdon, Virginia, in photography; and Tony Henson of Kingsport, Tennessee, in abstract acrylic.

The Arts Depot is open to the public with free admission Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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