Create Appalachia hosts exhibit

April 12 – June 3, 2024 @ Create Appalachia Center for Arts & Technology

Create Appalachia welcomes Asheville-based artist Cynthia Decker to their Kingsport, Tennessee, gallery with an exhibit of digital artwork featuring surreal environments, fantastical imageryand an expert demonstration of digital tools in the hands of a creative. This exhibition is displayed in the Gallery at Create Appalachia’s Kingsport Center for Art & Technology, 225 W. Center St., Suite 115, Kingsport and runs from April 12 to June 3. A family-friendly opening reception follows April 18from 6-7:30 p.m. Exhibit-themed mocktails and light refreshments are served.

“I think of my images as a calculated combination of the familiar and the impossible,” says Decker in her artist statement. “My images are how I see feelings and experiences, and It's my hope that you can see how they fit within your own life story as well. I am inspired by the everyday, by life lessons, small momentsand big ideas. My goal is to take these inspirations and present them to you the same way I see them in my head — as objects for you to discover, and places you could walk into and explore.The digital medium is finding its place in the art world, and it's my hope that artists use, value and enjoy all available means of creative expression, whether that's digital or physical. I hope that artists and art lovers everywhere continue to push the boundaries of what constitutes a fine art medium.”

“This exhibit illustrates perfectly the artistic possibilities of digital work,” says Katie Hoffman, executive director of Create Appalachia. “It’s right in line with our mission. Even unpacking the art was a joy – Katie Edwards, our wonderful curator, arranged for this show. She and I pulled one gorgeous, imaginative delight after another out of those boring brown shipping boxes. This art is lush, gorgeousand beautifully intricate. It’s spectacular as visual work, but Cynthia’s clever labels raise each piece to another level, pulling the viewer into the ideas behind each one. There’s precariousness, hope, humor, pathos – and so much more.There are so many layers to this work that you really have to view it multiple times. I can’t wait for people to come in and see this. It’s a crowd-pleasing show that will appeal to people of all ages.”

For more information,email Katie Hoffman

Category: Exhibits