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McKinney Center Art Exhibition

October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until November 17, 2017

Art Exhibition with a Regional Flair at the McKinney Center
Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center is pleased to announce their upcoming artist exhibition featuring ceramist Jess Parks and photographer Mary Blair.  The exhibition will be open and free to the public starting with the Opening Reception on Friday, October 13, 6pm-8pm.  It will run through November 17.  The McKinney Center is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.
Director of the McKinney Center, Theresa Hammons, states, “The ceramics work by Jess and Mary’s photographs are a wonderful complement to each other, as they are so rooted in this community. For instance, Jess’ ‘trout mugs’ are a popular favorite at all of her shows, while Mary’s photographs capture the local natural environment. Both artists really have a talent for capturing this region.”
Originally from Florida, Jess Parks moved to Jonesborough and earned her B.A. from ETSU, where she studied art design with a concentration in pottery. Since moving to Jonesborough, Jess Parks has begun to make a name for herself in local and regional art shows. In addition to being a superb potter, she is becoming known for developing her own glazes. These distinctive glazes and her unique forms have a character all their own. These techniques have caught the eyes of prestigious gallery owners. Her work is now in places such as the New Morning Gallery at Biltmore Village in Asheville.
Mary Blair is a Jonesborough, TN native. Blessed with a career in the Performing Arts, she has lived all over the country.  Her love for photography began when she wanted to capture the people and places where she was living.  Starting as a hobby, her photography was quickly recognized, taking her love in a new direction.  She recently had her work shown in the Journeys of Women exhibition, and has been featured in many other media outlets. She recently started a small business in the process.
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 theresah@jonesborougtn.org or call 423-753-0562.


October 13, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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