"Art, Music, Friends" (an exhibition of original art by Mike Durham, Judith Plucker, Joe Kilday and Rebecca Scharding) is on display at the Mason House Gallery, located in the General Morgan Inn, through Dec. 2. Landscape and still life paintings are included in the exhibit.
These four artists have formed a group called the Nolichucky River Valley Painters, whose purpose is to come together as painters with common goals to make art and to be constantly inspired and challenged by each other.
The exhibit is open daily and is co-sponsored by the Greeneville Arts Council and the General Morgan Inn.
Mike Durham is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree. He is an adjunct professor at Walters State Community College, teaching drawing, painting, print making, design and art appreciation.
He works in oils, watercolor and etching.
Durham has exhibited his work in numerous shows throughout the South.
A news release states that his passion is evocative landscapes of family farms throughout the region, the most extant culture remaining in rural America.
He is also a musician who plays guitar in a well-known bluegrass band, Lonesome Pine.
Plucker's 50 Years as Artist
Judith Suddreth Plucker has worked as a professional artist for 50 years. She is well-known for her versatility and expresses herself in a number of art forms including watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, ecclesiastical furniture design, Japanese shibori, silk painting and metalsmithing.
She was instrumental in the development of the Mason House Gallery, which serves as a venue for regional artists.
She is a 1963 graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., and has continued her art studies throughout her career because she believes that continuing art education is essential to remaining productive and vital, the release states.
Plucker's work is represented in collections throughout the country.
Kilday's East Tennessee Goal
Joe Kilday is a well-known local painter who for 35 years has attempted to preserve the land and culture of East Tennessee by capturing its images in oil paint and other media.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Tennessee State University with a major in graphic design and painting.
His work can be seen locally and nationally in the forms of portraiture of prominent business personalities, local citizens, historically significant structures, still-life paintings, murals at the Nathanael Greene Museum, as well as the luscious landscapes of Greene County and the surrounding areas.
He is also a vocalist and musician.
Rebecca Suddreth Scharding is a retired educator and a recent resident of Greeneville.
She has studied painting at the Arrowmont School of Art under Tom Rice of Kalamazoo College, Gary Chapman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, George Sorrels from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, studio artist Margaret Scanlan of Knoxville and Virginia Derryberry from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
In addition to painting still-life with oils, Scharding also enjoys creating hand-painted silk pieces. Her still-life paintings are included in a number of private collections, and she has exhibited her work at numerous shows in the Southeast.
She is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina and received a Master's Degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama.