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Art League Exhibit At City Hall In May

Untitled, watercolor by Phyllis Razo

IMAGE: Untitled, watercolor by Phyllis Razo

The City Hall Art Committee announces the Murfreesboro Art League’s 7th annual fine arts exhibit at the Rotunda of Murfreesboro’s City Hall, May 21-June 21.

The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-6PM.

Founded by a group of local artists and chartered in 1966, the Murfreesboro Art League is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and maintain a vibrant artistic environment in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. To maintain this environment, the league strives to promote the appreciation and love of art in our area by hosting a gallery, having art exhibitions throughout the county, and teaching classes. The league consists of members from all walks of life, from teens to those in their late eighties with beginning and advanced artists working to perfect technique, share artistic wisdom, and spend time with other like-minded individuals. Confirming the League’s attributes of fellowship and support Suzanne LeBeau, MAL President offered, “The thing that binds us together is a love of art: making, showing, teaching, and simply talking about art of all types.”

Untitled (Iris), photography by Suzanne LeBeauThe MAL community meets in historic Cannonsburgh Village on Front Street in Murfreesboro. Most meetings are from 7-9PM, with art classes on the first three Mondays of every month. Each month’s classes focus on one basic medium or theme. For 2013, the classes have addressed: penguins, pencil portraits, oils in the Bob Ross method, and watercolors. May's focus is a meditative art that is meant to quiet your inner critic, and will be taught by Jenny Jacobs.

The fourth Monday is regularly scheduled as a business meeting. On the occasional fifth Monday, the League hosts an "Eatin' Meetin'" says LeBeau, “where we come together for pot-luck goodies and share our latest art pieces. Critiques are welcomed if the artist wants them, too.”

The MAL gallery opens each spring and remains open on Saturdays, 10AM.-4PM and Sundays, 1-4PM through late autumn. It is free and the public is always welcome.

In addition to the league’s May exhibit in Murfreesboro’s City Hall the league is also participating in several other events this spring including: Pioneer Days at Cannonsburgh on April 27, 10AM.-5PM and the MAL gallery’s grand opening the following week. The grand opening entitled, "A Taste of Art,” is scheduled Friday, May 3, 6-8PM. Refreshments, live music with Rev. Newsom, and a silent auction are planned. The artwork of the YMCA Art Embrace program will also be on display and fundraising plans are scheduled for each event.

On May 10-17 the league plans an exhibit in La Vergne at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods. The employees, residents of the Center, and MAL members will collectively participate.

For more information, visit the MAL website: murfreesboroartleague.blogspot.com or e-mail Suzanne.LeBeau@att.net.

Exhibits in the Rotunda are free and open to the public 8AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except observed holidays. City Hall is located at 111 West Vine Street.

For more information: 615-893-5210 or email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu, Chair, City Hall Art Committee.

IMAGE: Untitled, photography by Suzanne LeBeau

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