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Sydney Williams and Joel Yarger to Exhibit Work at the McKinney Center

Contributed • Mar 4, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center is pleased to invite you to the Artist Exhibition 2019 Series Opening on Friday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. featuring the work of artists Sydney Williams and Joel Yarger. The exhibition will run through April 19.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. It will be available for viewing at the McKinney Center Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. between March 11-April 19. Artwork will be on sale to the public through the duration of the exhibition.

Joel Yarger has been drawing since he was little and is largely self-taught. He started out drawing aircraft but as he got older, he branched into portraiture and realism. Now that he is influenced and enthralled by more technical and abstracted styles, he finds hand drawn architectural drawings and renderings extremely inspiring. He believes his time spent in architecture school greatly motivated his work and how he communicates ideas, spaces and environment.

Due to their simplicity, Joel utilizes paper, graphite, grayscale tones and geometric forms in his work. He states, “All our minds require in order to understand what we see, is a convincing representation of the relationship between light and shadow, space and proximity.” Joel’s work is about simplicity and relationship. “Life is all about relationships; how we relate to our environment and any other person, animal, plant or substance we encounter. I want my work to help us all see the simple beauty all around us.”

Sydney Williams is a studio potter based in Asheville, North Carolina. She creates functional pottery, made to be utilized and loved on an everyday basis. In her process, she uses a variety of techniques to adorn her pots. Some variations of her process include carving, wax resist, and sgraffito. Sydney has always loved to draw and all through her schooling, her notes were more pages of doodles than anything else. In her current work, doodling on paper margins has been replaced by hand-carved and painted patterns on her functional pottery. Sydney believes that using handmade objects brings sparks of joy to everyday life. “My work combines simple, modern shapes with hand drawn and carved patterns, marrying utility with playfulness.”

The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts with a mission to be, “committed to inspiring the people of our area through both the appreciation of and the participation in the arts as a form of personal and collective expression.” The objective of the program is to “bring the community at large closer together and show as an example to other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life.” The McKinney Center is a department within the Town of Jonesborough.

For more information, email Theresa Hammons at theresah@jonesborougtn.org or call 423-753-0562.

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