The exhibit features paintings and eco-sculpture is on display now through Sept. 30.
A native of Southern California, Natter spent her childhood exploring the beaches and woods, finding artistic inspiration in water, trees, and clouds. As an adult, she moved first to Atlanta, then to Athens, where she has called home for more than a decade.
Natter has embraced East Tennessee’s natural beauty and cultural heritage and uses both as inspiration for her art.
“I consider myself an ‘earth artist,’ because my work is inspired by the nature, and so many pieces incorporate natural elements such as shells or roots,” Natter said. “Creating art is a form of meditation, an escape from the simple day-to-day stresses in life. I’m inspired by the beauty of nature and its gifts of life, including my mom, husband, and daughter.”
“Showcasing the work of a contemporary folk artist such as Shawndell is a wonderful privilege,” museum executive director Ashley Rush said. “Her unique and colorful work allows the museum to share another fascinating facet of our community’s heritage with visitors of all ages.”
The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum was founded in 1982. It is a private, nonprofit organization housing more than 7,000 artifacts in 30 permanent exhibits representing the culture and history of Southeast Tennessee from the 1700s to 1940s.
The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and present artifacts, documents and items related to the history of McMinn County and the region for the education and enrichment of the citizens of the region and the general public.
Several changing exhibits as well as numerous special events and programs are offered throughout the year. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a donation visit www.livingheritagemuseum.com.