Spann exhibit set to open in Bearden

Sandra ClarkWest Knoxville

The local arts community can expect an amazing exhibit, “Barry Spann: Twenty-One Still Lifes,” opening Friday, Oct. 6, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. at The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike.

Laurel Hooker, who handles public relations for the gallery, calls the exhibit “an unprecedented body of work created specifically for exhibit at the gallery.”

Spann is a longtime resident of Sequoyah Hills. He studied printmaking at the University of Tennessee and has produced paintings, prints and drawings that are in collections worldwide, Hooker said.

In 1990, Spann was commissioned by Whittle Communications to produce the artwork for its new headquarters in Knoxville (now the Howard H. Baker Jr. federal courthouse). The resulting million-dollar project included 28 mountain landscapes on 39 separate canvases.

For the past decade, Spann has been working on projects in Paris and Beijing, but he has now returned to the local scene with an all-new series of paintings. “After such a long and somewhat mysterious recess from the public eye, we are excited to present his latest work,” said Hooker. Info: or 865-200-4452.

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