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Date: March 18, 2024 - April 12, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Experience a unique and vibrant collection of abstract paintings by artist Greg Edmondson. See his exhibit, “The Weight of Summer Rain,” in the Gallery at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center from March 18 through April 12. Please join us for a reception with the artist at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Tinnin Gallery.

The Gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Admission is free.

About the Exhibit
The title of this exhibition, “The Weight of Summer Rain,” comes from a four-year artist residency I spent on the banks of the Gasconade River in rural Missouri. While there, I witnessed four dramatic and at times devastating floods. I watched the sleepy little Gasconade rise up 40 feet out of her shallows, swallowing farm land, washing away houses and trees, showing us all who truly ruled this tiny domain. Almost a third of the paintings included here were made in this radically changeable place.

The paintings collected here primarily represent the decade between 2014 and 2024—from my live/work space in downtown St. Louis, through this long term residency, the isolation of pandemic, a brief stint as sabbatical replacement at a university in East Texas, to the present. Recently two watercolors made in 1988 (when I was three years out of grad school and bouncing between Munich Germany, Blaenau Ffestiniog Wales, and a cabin in the woods in Tennessee) were returned to me and have also been included. I was surprised to see how many of my current concerns are reflected in these paintings of more than 30 years ago.

“The Weight of Summer Rain” presents a set of shifts, some subtle, others more substantial, in both my practice and my purpose. These paintings reveal the human experience not as separate from our environment, but as simply part of a larger, ongoing context, with an invisible foundation, and an inconceivable expanse.

About the Artist
Greg Edmondson was raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His work is still informed by an early interest in the natural world and our continuously increasing understanding of it, and the inadequacy of language to describe our experience of living in that world. He earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including Fulbright and DAAD fellowships to Germany, and residency fellowships to Artpark, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Santa Fe Art Institute and Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse. His  recent solo exhibitions include, The Impermanence of Objects, SFA Galleries at the Cole Center, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2021-22; Before Language, Blanden Art Museum, Ft. Dodge Iowa, 2022; and DARK MATTER, The Smalter Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2022. His work was included in The New Territory, issue 14, 2023. Currently Greg lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

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