published Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

'Nature at Its Best' at River Gallery

A bowl carved with the original edge of a tree trunk by Steve Noggle.
A bowl carved with the original edge of a tree trunk by Steve Noggle.
Steve Noggle

The three artists in the April show at River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., have cultivated an interest in plant life to inspire their works. Caesar Citraro of Michigan observes both detailed and abstracted elements of the environment in his oil paintings, such as "A Moment in Time," left. Kim Kauffman produces her series of digital prints, such as "Squash Blossom," bottom left, with a flatbed scanner. Steve Noggle pays homage to trees by using the organic edge of the original trunk in his hardwood-turned bowls, right. Their exhibit, "Nature at Its Best," opens with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. The show continues through Wednesday, April 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 423-265-5033, ext. 5, or visit www.river-gallery.com.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Two artists will present free talks Saturday, April 5, at River Gallery.

■ Michigan artist Caesar Citraro, whose work is included in this month's "Nature at Its Best" exhibit, will offer a program from 1 to 3 p.m.

■ Georgia artist Kirsten Stingle, who is in town to lead a four-day workshop at Townsend Atelier, will talk about her creative process from 6 to 7 p.m.

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