Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Current Exhibition

Changing Vistas of the Tennessee Valley

March 17 – April 25, 2015 – In the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley changed for the better in landscape and lifestyle. The vistas continue to change but still maintain a beautiful balance of natural resources, productiveness, and ingenuity as shown in art by The Committee.

The Committee artists include Shirley C. Barnes, Heike Covell, Mary Ellen Davidson, Sallie Estes, Dee Burt Holmes, Marcia R. Leonard, Joyce Lowery, Terri Shows, Maria West, and Carolyn Wheeling.

The Committee was challenged to produce new original works depicting the beauty and evolution of the North Alabama area along the Tennessee River, an area commonly known as the Tennessee Valley. The Tennessee Valley Authority was established by Congress in 1933 to address a wide range of environmental, economic, and technological issues, including the delivery of low-cost electricity and the management of natural resources. Along with its main purpose of harnessing the river to produce electrical power, TVA also developed fertilizers, taught farmers how to improve crop yields and helped replant forests, control forest fires, and improve habitat for wildlife and fish. A commonly recited poem of the time added further inspiration:

A sloping field
A surface bare
A heavy rain
And the soil ain’t there
A sloping field
A clover cover
The water soaks in
Somehow or other
—Anonymous

The exhibit feature 58 works of art in multiple mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.