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Alan Shuptrine | Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain

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Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

May 19 2017
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Oct 01 2017
Alan Shuptrine | Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain

An exhibition entitled, Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain will open at the State Museum on May 19, 2017. The exhibition pays tribute to the land and people found along the Appalachian Trail, and of the Celtic culture that can still be found there.

Alan Shuptrine, nationally recognized for his paintings, has created 54 watercolors for a body of work that celebrates the connections of the Appalachian mountains, and their historical and cultural counterparts in the British Isles. Also renowned for his 30-year-career of handcrafting and carving beautiful frames, Shuptrine embeds precious Serpentine stones, and uses gold leaf accents on this collection of frames. 

Alan Shuptrine, son of the late nationally-renowned artist Hubert Shuptrine, is partnering with New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb.  Together, they will create a book called, The Serpentine Chain, a large format art book which will explore and celebrate the connections between the people of Appalachia and their historical and cultural counterparts in the British Isles. Included in the exhibition are nine paintings by Hubert Shuptrine, Alan’s father. Born in Chattanooga in 1936, Hubert began his artistic career working as an abstract oil painter. In 1970, after a family vacation to Maine, he began to work in watercolor and was self-taught in the medium.  In 1974 he collaborated with author James Dickey on a book entitled Jericho: The South Beheld. In his second book  —  Home to Jericho, which he both wrote and illustrated, he explored the south again. Hubert Shuptrine died in 2006, but his ethereal images of the South are still a beloved testament to the region.

Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain will be on view through October 1, 2017, in the Changing Galleries. This will be the final temporary exhibition held at this location. It is free to the public.

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