Art show exhibits student work

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

More than 300 pieces of student artwork currently hang or sit in an Arrowmont gallery, open to the public for viewing until March 16 as part of the 20th annual Sevier County Student Art Show.

The show features work in all media from K-12 students, who were allowed to submit up to two pieces. A public reception for the winners in each age group will be held today from 6-8 p.m. at Arrowmont.

“Standing in a room filled with art is a very inspiring place to soak in life,” Bill Capshaw, ceramic artist and juror for the show, said in a statement. “... The playfulness of silhouettes and tight rendering of pen and ink to the old nostalgic plastic 33 records, this show will touch your heart and warm your soul.”

The piece Capshaw refers to is a sculpture titled created by 16-year-old Cale Bramer of Pigeon Forge High School. The sculpture, titled “Lilt-A-Whirl,” is two vinyl records — “Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits” and a Starship album — connected by a thin, vertical metal rod, with sheet metal blades that spin around the rod.

“I used metal rods, bolts, skate wheels, sheet metal and made some blades so that it would spin, and some old vinyl records,” Bramer said. “One is the base and the top one spins. I thought it would be cool to have a record arm on top so it would look like a record player.”

Bramer said the piece was inspired by his love of music. He created it for a project in a sculpture class.

“It had to be a kinetic sculpture, and I thought it would be cool to have one that stood out, so I kind of did my own thing,” he said.

The name is a play on words, “lilting” being a traditional Gaelic form of singing, and the sculpture’s spinning motion having some resemblance to the popular amusement park ride.

The sculpture doesn’t actually play music, but “it would be cool if it did,” Bramer said.

Bramer said he’s been drawing since he was a kid, and he got more into making art his freshman year when he started taking art classes.

He paints, and just started experimenting with sculptures this year, but he said his future as an artist could combine the two media.

“I’m going to have to do something art-related,” Bramer said. “I’m not too sure what at the moment, but I’d like to do both (painting and sculpting) if I could incorporate the two together.”

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