Featured Artist in Market Square: Ocean Starr Cline’s “Roots and Branches” Paintings on display at Tomato Head

A collection of paintings titled, Roots and Branches, by local artist Ocean Starr Cline is on display at the Tomato Head in Market Square. Besides being an artist, Cline is a local educator, blogging philosopher, as well as a full-time mother. Cline has been a presence in Knoxville’s art community for almost ten years, and painting for nearly twenty.

Roots and Branches is inspired by her own experiences as a Buddhist and a mother to her three year old daughter. Cline finds meaning in heritage, something she says she connected with through hand embroidery. For Cline, the Roots and Branches collection captures where we’re from and where we’re going. However, she claims that her interpretation doesn’t really matter.

In her blog, Cline describes the feeling of sharing her work, which is nerve-racking for any creative mind. To her, painting is as much of an expression of her own thoughts and emotions as it is the viewer’s. In a way, both the viewer and the artist are opening themselves to each other. What she hopes to bring to any room in which her paintings are hanging, certainly what we hope to share with our guests, is simply happiness that can be shared together.

In that spirit, the interpretations that she finds interesting are those of the viewers.

Cline’s paintings are not only interesting for their symbolism. Her use of texture and colors produce bright, complex scenes. Cline uses a wide spectrum of materials beneath her paint in order to create interesting textures, such as sawdust, leaves, fabric, and fibers.The colors used in Roots and Branches were chosen by her daughter, who has actually begun to sell her own art. That’s right, the same three year old daughter is a budding young artist with a talented mom as a coach.

You can read more about Cline’s work, inspirations, and her philosophy surrounding art by visiting her blog or her webpage. Ocean Starr Cline’s work will be on display at the Tomato Head location in Market Square through the end of February. Roots and Branches will also be displayed at the Tomato Head on Kingston Pike during the month of March.

Happiness is a buttered biscuit.

Happiness is a buttered biscuit.

The Moore Family Folk Art – Catch! – A Three State Junk Art Tour

Alan and his daughters Isabella (age 13) and Emma (age 11) have been creating their iconic bottle cap fish for their junk art tour they call “Catch!” – inspired by their two home states of Florida and Colorado.

Recently the Moore’s went “paintless” in their folk art bringing all the color to their work through the medium of vintage soda/beer cans and bottle caps.  The Moore’s new palette includes over 4000 soda and beer cans to choose from, all dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Their studio also boasts of having over 60,000 neatly organized bottle caps-vintage and modern, domestic and international.  It is not rare for Alan or one of the girls to make a fish with caps and cans from Germany, Russia, Canada, Thailand, S. Korea, the US and several other countries.

Alan, who began making upcycled art as a child, began involving his children in his art world five years ago.  Isabella and Emma have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the country.  The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age.  Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.”  Alan’s boys, Aidan (8), Liam (6), and Kian (3), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.

The tour’s final stop will be at The Tomato Head in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The Tomato Head owner Mahasti Vafaie found the Moore’s folk art bottle cap fish online and reached out last year about the fall 2014 exhibit.  The Moore’s art will be on display in Market Square until October 4, then it will move to 7240 Kingston Pike  from October 7 to November 3.

You can find all about the Moore’s art at:  www.floridafolkart.com and www.coloradofolkart.com

FREE art from The Moore Family Folk Art!

FREE art from The Moore Family Folk Art!

Enter now and you could win this “30A Beach Blonde Ale” folk art fish made from 30A bottle caps! This $1,000 piece measures 42″ x 22″ and we’re giving it away to one random fan on July 9th.

To find out more about the Moores and their recycled southern-fried folk art, drop by The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor, FL or visit www.floridafolkart.com.

Moore Family Art The Tomato Head

Be inspired by our national parks this summer.

The See America Project has only made stops in New York, San Francisco, and Bahrain, and this summer, both Tomato Head locations will host the exhibit during June and July.

It’s a crowd-sourced project from Creative Action Network and National Parks Conservation Association inspired by the See America posters from the New Deal era, which have been re-imagined for the 21st Century. Over 600 posters were submitted and a selection of them is currently on display in Market Square until July 6. The exhibit will then move to our location in the Gallery Shopping Center located at 7240 Kingston Pike until August 3. By clicking on the image below, you can read more about the project in the latest issue of Metro Pulse.

Stop by Market Square to learn how you can win this framed poster from Tennessee artist Matt Brass.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park poster by Matt Brass

Calling all artists!

Tell your friends we’re accepting submissions for our 2014 art exhibition schedule. The selected artists will have a monthly show at each Tomato Head location, including a First Friday one evening in Market Square. Labeled CDs are requested by October 18th, 2013.  Please include a brief bio, artist statement and sizes for each piece of work submitted. Artists retain proceeds from all sales.

Artists may submit a CD or email of 5-10 images of wall-mountable work to:

Tomato Head Exhibits Committee (for CDs)
c/o Bethann DeGrow
1710 Jefferson Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37917
or bethann@degrow.com 

Art for a cause

You might have noticed the new artwork hanging in our Market Square store. Local artist Sloane Baker Tillman is donating 20% of her sales from now until May 5 to HABIT (Human Animal Bonding in Tennessee). UT College of Veterinary Medicine sponsors this animal-assisted therapy program where pets visit nursing homes, after school programs and mental health centers in our area.

Her paintings are on display downtown until April 6, and then they will move to The Gallery Shopping from April 7 to May 5. Help make a difference in our community by purchasing one of her paintings.



February Artist Announcement

Before talking about the new artwork that’s up at both locations, we would like to give a huge thank you to Bethann DeGrow who organizes our monthly exhibits of local and regional artists. Grazie mille!

This month at the Market Square store, you’ll find acrylic and watercolor paintings from Knoxville resident Dawn Hawkins. Dawn’s work is recognizable from previous shows at Gallery 133 and Gallery Nuance, and the current show at The Tomato Head Market Square lasts from now until March 1.

The photography from Leigh Cooper Creative has moved to The Gallery Shopping Center and will be on display for the remainder of February.

Old City, Knoxville

December Artist Announcement

This month at The Tomato Head on Market Square we’re featuring one of the co-founders of 17th Street Studios. Beth Meadows is presenting work from three different series “that all fall under an intrigue with modern female fashion, not only the garments but the industry as well.” The first is a series of paintings of swimming pools, the second consists of pieces of stretched fabric, and the third are drawings of magazine photographs on old windows using paint pens. If you can’t make it downtown, her work will be at the new Tomato Head location in the Gallery Shopping Center from January 6 to February 3. For more info, please visit http://www.withbearhands.com/2012/11/new-work-at-tomato-head.html

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