Iridescent pearls, matte turquoise and shimmering diamonds. To many, this may sound like jewelry, but to Susan Connelly McClelland, it’s a work of art.
McClelland, a local abstract artist and Kingsport Art Guild member, grew up in Western North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University. She has spent most of the last 30 years working as a showroom designer and professional faux painter. After moving to Bluff City, Tennessee, in 2010, she opened In Color Studio in her home and made the switch to fine art.
Her most recent works combine gemstones and female sculpture.
A solo exhibit of her newest collection, “Art of Geology 2020,” will be on display Oct. 4-27 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception for the show. However, it is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Visitors will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
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