Reuse Artist in Residency (RAIR) Program Launched In Nashville Turnip Green Creative Reuse Partners with Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Build Communities (ABC) & Metro Beautification
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (October 28, 2016) – Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) is launching a new Reuse Artist in Residency (RAIR) program. The RAIR program is made possible through Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Build Communities (ABC) & Metro Beautification. There will be four RAIR artists selected annually. The artists are chosen by TGCR’s Education and Programming Committee and board of directors. Each RAIR artist will receive a $500 stipend, unlimited access to TGCR’s studio and while in residence. Each artist will also receive a gallery show and host an open studio to teach their techniques on creating art from reused materials. The artist will also provide a lesson plan to TGCR’s KidsCAN program, educating students about sustainability and reuse through creativity. Artists interested in becoming a Reuse Artist in Residence can email Turnip Green Creative Reuse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee Kimbrell has been named the first Reuse Artist in Residence and will have an opening reception for her show, Second Chances, at the Green Gallery at Turnip Green Creative Reuse on November 12, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 945 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206. This community event is free, open to the public and features the artist reception, creating in the open studio, and refreshments.The show will be on display in the Green Gallery through December 6, 2016.
Kimbrell is a visual artist residing in Hendersonville, TN. Her artwork specializes in the use of recycled materials to build community relationships. She leads participants to create something beautiful from materials destined for the landfill and to understand caring for the environment begins with the individual.
Second Chances has many meanings; recycled materials are given a second chance when they are used to make something beautiful. Second chances are also opportunities for humans to make something beautiful.
Kimbrell’s community art projects can be found on display throughout Middle Tennessee. In 2015 she was selected to design ornaments for the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC and presently teaches workshops using recycled materials to groups in Tennessee, New York and Ohio.
Her works can be viewed at www.creativegeniusinyou.com
ABOUT TURNIP GREEN CREATIVE REUSE
Turnip Green Creative Reuse (TGCR) is a nonprofit that diverts usable material from our landfill for creative endeavors through innovative programming including workshops, a retail store, community education and a green art gallery featuring art made from reusable materials. TGCR has partnered with many of Nashville’s on programming and projects, including Artober, Pet Community Center, Nashville Public Library system, Metro Schools, ZeroLandfill, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Metro Arts Commission, WRLT’s Live on the Green, Earth Day, Now Playing Nashville, Southern Festival of Books, The Hermitage Fall Fest, University School, Untitled and Platetone Printmaking Cooperative. TGCR has four areas of service: a retail store, education/outreach, artist studios, and a gallery.