The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of a unique double member show running May 25 through July 2nd with a meet the artists reception on Friday June 2, from 5-7pm. The artists grew up and lived in different parts of the county until they met on the internet in 1996 and married in 1997. They live in Monteagle on 10 acres, keep an organic garden, and have 5 rescued dogs. They are engaged in the community and have been co-directors of the Grundy County Food Bank for the past 7 years.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Carol Van den Bosch moved with her family to Winchester Tennessee in 1951, went to school here and after obtaining a degree from the University of Tennessee returned to a teaching career in Franklin County. Since she was a single mom Carolyn also took up a second career as a caterer.
In 2006, she began her work and study of Pique Assiette a style of mosaic art that incorporates pieces of broken ceramics – plates, dishes, cups, tiles – and other found objects into the design. She says, “It is the upmost in recycling with materials finding a second life in art; something to be treasured, admired, and speaks volumes of its creator. This art form has truly opened a door of creativity in me. As a child of the 50’s, I was taught to “color within the lines” and we all know how that stifles one’s openness to spontaneous creativity. Working with color and the unique designs of the individual cut makes this work like putting together a puzzle never knowing what a piece will look like until it is completed. Making well over 500 pieces in the past 10+ years, I have made wall hangings, lamps, table tops, jewelry, belt buckles and light switch covers.” You can check out her flickr website for a gallery collection of all the mosaic pieces she has made: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinachipper/
Glenn A. Van den Bosch was born in Denver, Colorado, and spent his formative years exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains before going off to see the world complements of the U.S. Navy. After completing a degree in Psychology and a minor in Science at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, he became interested in education and became a teacher and school principal in the small town of Goshen, New York. During this time he followed his interest in school administration to graduate school and later moved his family to California where he served as Principal of Ripon Christian High School. About the time he was retiring from teaching he met Carol Conover on the internet and made the move across the country.
His interest in acrylic painting grew in the early 1990’s as one of his winter time activities and has become one of his hobbies since then. He says that he “enjoys the contrasts of bright colors on a canvas and this has become my trade mark, all the more surprising when you realize that I am color blind.”
The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan, TN. Gallery hours are 12 pm to 5 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.