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McKinney Center Art Exhibition
July 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hayward and Tomko to Exhibit Artwork at the McKinney Center
Friday, June 9, 6pm
Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center is pleased to announce the second show of the Artist Exhibition Series. The exhibition will be open and free to the public starting with the Opening Reception on Friday, June 9, 6pm. It will run through July 21. The McKinney Center is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.
Carolyn Tomko grew up in eastern Virginia, where summer days are hot and humid. One of her favorite things to do as a child was to create mud pies for family, friends, dolls and pets. It wasn’t enough to just create them, she had to find berries, rocks and even bugs to enhance their beauty. When she had a young family, creating tea sets and animals out of Play Dough were some of her favorite family play times. It was only natural to make a full circle and play in clay after retiring from the Town of Jonesborough nine years ago. One of the beauties of this stage of her life is the ability to create beautiful pottery that is fired and can last for generations. It is a joy have good friends who also enjoy pottery.
One of her passions is creating hand crafter characters such as animals, Santa’s, gnomes, snowmen, angles and nativities. Making houses for birds is always a fun challenge. Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are great fall creations. Yard art, wall pockets, tree art and wall decorations are also a joy to create. Usable pottery such as platters and plates are always fun to created and embellish. It is not enough for her to create a platter, she also adds birds, nests, flowers, or even an animal.
Tomko states that, “almost every day is a ‘clay day’, and she feels a need to show and sell some of her work. She is not interested in a new career. She just wants to have fun creating, making new friends, and enjoying old ones.”
After thirty years in Law enforcement in South Florida, Richie retired to Jonesborough, Tennessee where he has resumed his passion for outdoor and wildlife photography. In 2005 Richie made the jump to digital photography and opened a whole adventure in making images. Since then, he has traveled from Katmai National Park photographing brown bears, to South Africa on photo safaris. Richie also traveled extensively across the United States photographing everything from wildlife, scenic and old rusting cars and trucks-Rusting Relics. Ritchie describes his work as, “Eclectic”.
Richie’s passion is the endangered species of wildlife, especially those in Africa such as the much poached Rhino and Elephant. He has been up close and personal with these possible to be extinct creatures. It is his desire to educate and make people aware of the plight of these great animals. Richie also likes to share his images via Facebook, digital gallery and community presentations. Richie’s images have been seen on NatGeo Online, numerous publications and at various galleries.
Director of the McKinney Center, Theresa Hammons, states, “Ritchie Hayward and Carolyn Tomko have something in common. They both interpret the natural environment around them through their artwork. Whether Ritchie is in Africa or Arizona, he captures the beauty and power of nature through his photography. Carolyn’s love for the natural world and the spiritual world is so delicately expressed in her ceramic birds, lily pads, angels and nativities. They both approach their art with passion and reverence for the world around them which is truly moving and inspiring.”
The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and boasts of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-753-0562.