The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center presents a memorial retrospective exhibit
of works by local artists Harriet M. Carrell and Herbert T. Wood, Jr.
and proudly introduces a new artist, Corey Garrett, to the local scene.
This new exhibit runs October 5 – 26 in the Regional Art Museum at 401
South Jackson Street. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9.00
am – 2.00 pm. There will be an artist reception on October 5, from 6 pm
– 8 pm, at which drinks and refreshments will be served. This is an
informal event to which members and non-members are invited. Donations
and new members will be accepted, and Corey will be available to sign
his works, which will be available for purchase. Ms. Carroll’s and Mr.
Wood’s pieces will also be available.
Art was both a beloved avocation and serious vocation for Harriet M.
Carroll, (1927 — 2013). She studied Art at University of Miami in Coral
Gables, FL 1944- 1945; and later at Watkins Institute in Nashville. She
also studied privately under magazine illustrator Morgan Steinmetz.
After retirement, Harriet moved to Tullahoma in 1998 where she continued
to paint through 2007.
Harriet’s professional art career began as a graphic artist at George C.
Dury Company. She then worked 30 years as a staff artist, illustrator,
magazine designer and art supervisor for United Methodist Publishing House.
Over the years, Harriet produced many works in in charcoal, oil,
pastels, and her favorite medium, watercolor. She was a faithful
contributor to the Nashville Public Television annual fund raising
event, “Action Auction.”
In contrast to Ms. Carroll’s very public career, six and a half years
after his death, this show is the first, and likely the last, public
exhibition of Herb Wood’s artistic creations. Most of these pieces hung
on the walls or in the windows of the Tullahoma home he designed and
built in 1956. Herb never sought public recognition, but his daughter
wanted to share these works while they are still together.
An engineer by occupation, Herb was a self-taught artist with no formal
art training. He read books and experimented with various techniques to
finally create the end-result he imagined. His admiration for Frank
Lloyd Wright inspired not only many of the design features of his
residence, but also his first creations pairing stained glass with
concrete. Early pieces emphasized his love of ‘line’, color, and
abstract form. When he became interested in using lead with glass, he
chose the clean clear lines of lead came over the copper foil method of
connecting glass. Herb often put mirrors behind the stained glass, so
you can still see light reflecting through the glass even without a
window. Mirrors became a part of the picture in a number of works,
adding light and reflection to the overall effect.
As much as Herb loved color, he often depended on his wife Jane for
input on color choices. He knew what he liked, and had a wonderful sense
of what colors work together, but he was colorblind, and sometimes had
to ask if a given piece of glass was red, or green, or brown. Using the
‘right’ color became more important in his later more realistic designs,
so Jane always had ‘veto power’ over his initial choices.
Corey Garrett is a Lynchburg native who has recently graduated from
Austin Peay State University with a BFA in Studio Art.
The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is an ADA-compliant, 501 (c) 3
organization which was incorporated in 1968 and has been serving the
Middle Tennessee Area for the past 45 years. All corporate and
individual donations are tax-deductible. For more information about how
you can support the Arts in our community, or TFAC directly, please
visit our profile at http://www.GivingMatters.com