The idea is to provide artists of Polk and surrounding counties, an opportunity to display their work in a venue that sees constant visitation from around the country and occasionally from other countries.
Jim Caldwell, a local photographer, suggested the display was meet with enthusiasm by park manager Bridget Lofgren.
“Jim thought the park office would be a great place to display work of local photographers. We loved the idea and immediately developed an area in the office lobby to display visual art of all types,” said Lofgren.
“I think this is a perfect opportunity to highlight the natural resources and culture of this unique area and give local artists a platform to display their work,” Lofgren adds.
High school students are particularly encouraged to submit work.
“Helping youth in our community stay engaged with natural resources is a goal of ours,” said Lofgren. “For those with art related career goals, this is a great opportunity to have work displayed and build experience.”
The exhibit provides visitors to the area a unique view of the flora, fauna, and other local features they may not see or notice during a short visit.
“We do have limited space so the exhibitions will be relatively small, probably not more than 12 pieces, and will changed monthly so there will continuously be fresh artwork for visitors to enjoy,” Lofgren noted.
Some selected works by Caldwell are on display now.
The Gee Creek office is open seven days a week through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed one hour for lunch.
If you are interested in displaying your work at the State Park office contact Murray Gheesling at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 423-263-0050.
The work should have local natural resources or cultural theme and be ready for display. Photographs, paintings, and drawings should be framed and ready to hang. Sculpture works will be displayed on a tabletop or pedestal.