Magness Library will be offering an exhibit by local artists Monty Wanamaker and Chris Keathley this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.
“There will be some very unique pieces,” said library director Brad Walker. “Monty and Chris are both very talented. A few of the pieces will be for sale.”
Both artists will be available and a program will be offered.
In 2001, Wanamaker and Keathley opened Southern Museum & Galleries of Photography, Culture and History on Main Street where their art can always be viewed.
Wanamaker’s art has been exhibited in numerous galleries, universities and museums since his initial one-man show held at the Parthenon Museum galleries in 1962 in Nashville. He was invited to show his work shortly after that show at Magness Library.
As a young man, Wanamaker attended the Memphis Academy of Art and other regional colleges. In 1968, after moving to New York City where he lived for seven years, he went on to study at the prestigious Art Students League where he studied printmaking and portrait painting. During this time two successful solo shows of his art were presented in New York. Art critics, in published reviews, called him a “master craftsman” and dubbed him a “mythic symbolist.”
Keathley, a native of Warren County, believes that art, like photography, is an important vehicle for preserving history. His first one-man show of his artworks was exhibited at Vicki Spivey’s The Station-Pure Art at the corner of Spring and Morford streets in McMinnville. Following the success of that show, a second exhibit was offered at Magness Library later that same year.
Light refreshments and punch will be served.