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“(Un)Finished: Collaborations with Sam Mays” at Tipton Gallery
Start Date: 7/12/2013
End Date: 7/12/2013
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Event Description:
The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Alliance present (Un)Finished: Collaborations with Sam Mays” Group Exhibition and Silent Auction for the benefit of the Sam Mays Memorial Scholarship from June 7 to July 12, 2013, at the Tipton Gallery. The opening reception is on June 7, First Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. during the Blue Plum Festival.

The “(Un)Finished” collaborative exhibition features sculptural body casts  that were part of the unfinished project of Johnson City artist, graphic designer and cultural provocateur Sam Mays. Organizers and Mays’ close friends Whitney Parkinson and Brian Glaze invited other ETSU alumni and artists who knew Mays to collaborate and finish the painting of these body casts. The exhibition pays homage to the creativity and diverse art interest of Mays whose passing in early 2013 was mourned by the Johnson City community. Most of the works in the exhibition will be available for purchase, funds from the sale and the silent auction featuring various works donated by Mays’ friends and family shall benefit the Sam Mays Memorial Scholarship at ETSU that were dedicated by his parents Kathy and Russell Mays.

The exhibit will be open to the public during the First Friday reception, by appointment and during Blue Plum Festival on June 8 and 9 from 12 noon until 6 p.m.; the silent auction ends on Sunday, June 9 at 6 p.m. The exhibit will also be open on July 5, First Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The participating artists are Ariel Adams , Ren Allen, Brian Baker, Kara Bledsoe, Laura Bowman, Emily Boyd, Betty Crawford, David Crowder, Brooke Day, Steven Garnett, Aaron Haynes, Jeremy High, Susan Lachmann, Derek Morton, Whitney Parkinson, Cassity Potter, Adria Ryan , Terry Shanks, Emily Watson, Melanie Yodkins. Special thanks to Kathy and Russell Mays, Krisna and Jim Godwin, Mid City Grill and Tommy South.


The Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St., in Downtown Johnson City.  Please contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email or call 423.483.3179 for more information or to schedule a visit.  The Tipton Gallery is sponsored by the ETSU Department of Art & Design and the Urban Redevelopment Alliance (URA).

Contact Information:
Name: Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay
Phone: 423.483.3179
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