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Artist Loretta Lee Edge to headline
Colorful watercolors and acrylics featured at The Venue at Lenoir City
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Edge has been drawing since childhood. She was later awarded a scholarship to attend Moore College of Art & Design, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. The artist then earned her master's degree from Temple University's Tyler School of Fine Arts. She went on to teach for over 30 years in various states, including Tennessee. Three times, Edge was nominated and recognized as the "Virginia Governor School for Visual Arts Outstanding Teacher," received the "Outstanding Art Teacher of Ohio" award and was listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers" twice.
Edge has exhibited her works far-and-wide and has won numerous awards, including "Best of Show" with Wind River National, the Tennessee Art Association (2010, 2011), and the Fountain City Art Center (2013, 2014). She has been juried nine times into the highly competitive Oak Ridge Open and received the "Excellence in Watercolor Award" in 2014. She was also juried into the Dogwood Regional Exhibit at The Emporium, Knoxville (2007, 2012) and the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN (2015, 2017). These are just a sampling of Edge's awards and accomplishments.
Much of her resume was established in the west, including her service as a juror for University of Wyoming scholarship portfolios, for exhibits in Wyoming and Nebraska, and for the Wyoming State Fair. Edge moved to Tennessee in 2003, where she served as both secretary and president of the Art Guild of Tellico Village (2004-5, 2005-6). She continues to teach adult drawing and painting classes for the Guild and holds workshops at the Fountain City Art Center, as well as Chota Recreation Center in Tellico Village. Edge maintains signature memberships in the Southern Water Color Society and the Tennessee Water Color Society.
Some of the works on display at The Venue include the award winning, "Over the Cove" (pastel on archival paper); "Putto: Fontana di Nettuno" (watercolor on rag paper); and the juried "Aqueous Nocturn" (acrylic on treated rag paper). While the art is available for sale, the public is invited to view the pieces at no charge during regular business hours.
The Venue is open for office hours from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. It is located at 7690 Creekwood Park Boulevard in Lenoir City, three miles directly west of Farragut off Kingston Pike/Hwy. 70. For more information, call 865-986-8340 or visit http://www.VenueLC.com.