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McKinney Center Art Exhibition

October 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kristin Colson and Don Burger to Exhibit Work at the McKinney Center


Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center is pleased to invite you to an event on Friday, October 26th, 6-8pm featuring the work of artists Kristin Colson and Don Burger.  The exhibition will run through November 16th.  The McKinney Center is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.  Most all the artwork will be on sale to the public during the duration of the exhibition.

Kristin Colson is a visual artist who creates with a vision of hope and a heart for humanity.  Finding beauty in what has been discarded or overlooked, her abstract images suggest new perspectives and intriguing dimensions.  Often visualizing themes of redemption, she incorporates vibrant colors from nature with subtle metallic nuances. Through these reflective qualities, Kristin seeks to stir the viewer toward deeper awareness of the Creator. Recent work includes mixed media and concrete jewelry.

Kristin has enjoyed crafting with her hands since childhood. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from Milligan College, and she went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. Many of her pieces are commissioned. Kristin has also done numerous art service projects including teaching lessons, overseas art missions, and live painting within worship events. During the day, Kristin works as an art therapist helping others through their own creative processes to reflect on life and find hope in their journey.

Kristin shares her studio with a cat named Sketch.

Don Burger’s art is the evolving product of an imaginative life. From childhood, he found inspiration and comfort in seeing, and expressing, more than the eye can see. Art was a private matter, however. That all changed with adulthood, thanks to a mentor who saw the artist in Don and encouraged it. His inner play with words, images and musical notes became an outgoing passion, played out on the stage of his work in family literacy. As a street-based painter, he chose old, worn-yet-historic neighborhoods as his subjects. As a musician, folk music provided a medium for environmental and inter-cultural activism. As an author/producer of various educational media, he sought to make a difference. As an actor/producer/director, he encouraged the portraying of previously untold stories. It was parenthood, however, that provided dimension, as he encouraged the artist in his children, and they, in turn, inspired Don to become an emerging sculptor, composer, outdoor enthusiast. The ensuing 25 years of working with addictions, HIV, veterans and LGBTQ communities immersed him in miracles of overcoming, and inspired a belief in the ever-present power of Grace, so often experienced through artistic expression.

Since retiring in 2004, Don’s focus has shifted from global to local: teaching pottery, painting, musical instruments and facilitating artistic practices in the community.  Pottery became Don’s preferred medium for exploration of form and themes of unity and interpersonal connections. This exhibit is a “we portrait:” all of his inspiration comes from family, students and neighbors like you. All of the pieces were inspired by, and in several cases, infused with, students’ and other artists’ participation. You are the Muse. The space between us is the Art.

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 26, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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McKinney Center
103 Franklin Ave
Jonesborough, TN 37659 United States
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(423) 753-0562

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