The Framemaker proudly presents photography by Ken and Melody Shipley. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on March 2, 2017. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of March during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Ken Shipley is Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University (APSU). He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Religious Studies and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. He has worked in ceramics and other media for over 30 years and began his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, Ga., and Bill Ashley in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ken has work in the permanent collections of the Shanghai Museum of Art and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He also has work in the collections of AIR-Vallauris, Vallaruris, France, La Meridiana International School of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy and at Temple Barn Pottery, Welborne, Norfolk, U.K. and throughout the U.S.
Melody Shipley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from APSU. Her work has had numerous collectors including the Shanghai Museum, and can currently be seen at Seasons: The Museum Store in Clarksville, Tenn., and in her home studio.
She conducts regional workshops, such as at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., and in area public schools through the Artist in the Schools program and the Community School for the Arts at APSU.
Their photography exhibit entitled, “Atmospheres” reflects light, form, and color to portray a specific time and place. Many of these images were taken from the porches surrounding their rural home in Clarksville, Tenn.