Nashville — Jackson, TN native, Lendon Noe’s Inspired by The Forest Unseen installation will be on exhibit in the TN Arts Commission Gallery from November 20,2015–January 15,2016.The installation is comprised of works Noe created in response to David Haskell’s book The Forest Unseen. A professor of biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Haskell observed a one-square-meter “mandala” for a year and recorded his findings. Reading the book, Noe began to keep a sketchbook and made her own observations, drawing parallels between her sketches and his writings.Noe first discovered her love for creating art with nature as the subject in the summer of 1994 while working with students on landscape painting in Southern France.“The experience of being outside in the woods was extraordinary compared with being in the studio,” says Noe, “I found it to be a different reality. My work has been centered in nature and natural history ever since. The woods have become my refuge, my sanctuary.”Noe was a Professor of Art at Lambuth University from 1984-2011, where she taught drawing, painting and design. She also served as Head of the School of Arts and Communications, Chair of the Visual Art Department. She earned her bachelor’s in art and English literature from Rollins College in Florida and master’s in art education at UT Knoxville, and as well as a master’s in painting and mixed media at Vermont College.
A member of the Southern Arts Federation Artist Registry, Noe has exhibited works in Middle and West Tennessee, Alabama, Nevada and South Carolina. Her work can be found in numerous permanent collections, including those of The Omni Hotel and Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville; International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN; and the Jackson Kennedy Douglas Art Center in Florence, Alabama; as well as in various private collections. Find out more about Lendon Noe at www.lendonnoe.com.
The Tennessee Arts Commission gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. To schedule a gallery tour, contact Krishna Adams at 615.532.9798.