published Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Art in 'Constant Motion' — Colorful exhibition on display at River Gallery

“Mind and Spirit” by Clara Blalock.
“Mind and Spirit” by Clara Blalock.


• What: "Constant Motion" featuring Clara Blalock, Pat Snyder, Cal Breed and edie Manley

• Where: River Gallery, 400 E. Second St.

• When: Through July 31

• Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; by appointment

• Admission: Free

• Information: 265-5033, ext. 5

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    Pat Snyder titled this piece “Central Park West.”

The newest River Gallery exhibit is called "Constant Motion" and, for at least two of the four artists showing their works, that title fits their art and their methods of working.

Both Clara Blalock and Pat Snyder say they start their paintings with a color or shape in mind, then see where it goes from there. Each piece is constantly changing as new shapes and colors emerge in the abstract pieces.

And, for Blalock, painting is as much an aerobic workout, with arms and feet in constant motion, as it is a way of expression. Her studio floor is covered with tarps to catch any globs of paint that might get pushed off the canvas as she works. She says likes to clear her mind and let things happen.

"I don't like to get my head too much into what I'm doing," she says.

She normally paints large pieces -- seven, eight and nine feet wide or tall -- but the 13 abstract pieces in this show are in the three- and four-foot range.

Blalock lives in Georgia and is a past president of the Atlanta Artists Center and a member of the Fredrix Canvas Board and Plein Air Painters of Georgia.

Tennessee is home for Snyder, who likens her acrylic-on-canvas paintings to a quilt, filled with repeating colors and shapes.

"It happens organically," she says. She might have an idea or a color palette in mind when she begins a piece, but she often changes directions -- and colors -- in mid-stroke.

"Sometimes going in I might have a primary color or colors in mind, say blues and greens, but as I add the under colors, I find something else that attracts me and it might be on other end of the color wheel. The whole process happens as I go along."

Also exhibiting in Constant Motion are Tennessee-based painter edie Maney (yes, she lowercases her first name) and Alabama resident Cal Breed, who works in glass.

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about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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