On Monday, Nov. 1, Austin Peay State University’s student gallery in Trahern will hold its first senior art exhibition of the semester. The artist, Sarah Andrews, will display a series of figurative oil paintings, all of which feature subject matter taken from old family photos.
Andrews, daughter of Mike Andrews, local sculptor and art teacher, is a second generation Austin Peay art student. Pervasive exposure to art throughout her childhood cultivated an ever-increasing interest in artistic discipline, namely drawing and painting. Andrews’ show will demonstrate these long held interests.
“This show is quite personal, which is unusual for me,” she said. “I don’t typically create personal artwork, but I felt it was appropriate to produce a body of work that unites both my passion for art and the family element which fostered that passion.”
Andrews considers the upcoming show to be “a nod to her art saturated formative years.” In addition to this, she said, “the paintings aren’t purely sentimental. There is more at work in them than endearing portraits of family members. Many of the scenes will hopefully be familiar to the audience, general experiences they can relate to at least in a small way, and in choosing to depict these familiar scenes I’ve hinted at a greater social narrative, a glimpse into stories that might communicate the timeless indulgence of collective memory.”
The opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and the show will be on display until Nov. 5. After this show is held, the paintings will travel to the nearby Renaissance Center in Dickson, where they will be included in a group show composed of Sarah’s and her father’s work as well as some collaborative works by Sarah’s two brothers.
For more information on Sarah Andrews’ show at the Trahern student art gallery, contact the art department at 931-221-7333.