In 1974, Tennessee native Nancy Darrell (1946-2023) moved to a homestead in the rural reaches of Madison County. For the next three decades, she made a living at the potter’s wheel, selling her functional ceramics to buyers across the world. But in 2011, after enrolling in a handful of printmaking classes at the Penland School of Craft, Darrell left clay to pursue this newfound medium. The artist later described her relief prints, which she created using wood engravings and wood blocks, as an attempt to “evoke an emotive response.” She elaborated: “I begin with a vision inspired by contrasts, textures, and shapes observed in birds, animals, plants, and landscapes. I love the drama and textures of black and white prints, and color makes my heart sing.” Though Darrell passed away earlier this year, her art will live on thanks to a retrospective exhibition opening at the Madison County Arts Center this November. According to a press statement, the showcase will “present a survey of her work from different phases of her long career.” The exhibit will run concurrently with the Madison County Arts Council’s annual Holiday Sale.
A Tribute to Nancy Darrell: November 24-December 23; Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec. 21, 5-8pm
Holiday Sale: November 24-December 23
The Madison County Arts Center / 90 South Main St., Marshall