(Columbia, Tenn. – July 7, 2011) - - - The Pryor Gallery at Columbia State Community College will feature the works of Pitts Hinson “Out of My Hands” pottery and paintings of Columbia State’s professor of Art Fred Behrens now through August 2011.

    “Both of these men are treasures in our community,” said Lucy Kuykendall, Pryor Gallery curator/director.  “How fitting for them to exhibit together.  Elements of art and principles of design made visible by two of our own gifted artists!”

    Hinson is a 1969 graduate of Columbia State from where he moved on to the University of Tennessee Dental program.  As a pediatric dentist, he took care of children in Lawrence County and Maury County for 30 years.

    Hinson retired five years ago and discovered yet another talent (he had played on the Columbia State Tennis Team), throwing pottery. He researched every aspect of the craft from types of clay and glazes, to historic forms, to wheels and kilns and extruders, to up-to-date techniques; then he developed his own style.

    Hinson and his wife, Kathy, now live in downtown Franklin, where their son-in-law designed and built their house, complete with potter’s studio.  Kathy, also a Columbia State graduate, is an integral part of his pottery production. For this exhibit, Hinson is creating several never before seen pieces to accompany those special pieces known to be in his repertoire.  All will be for sale.

“I am extremely excited and honored to participate in this exhibition at Columbia State’s Pryor Art Gallery,” said Hinson.  “Columbia State has been part of my family for years.”

    Behrens’ paintings will liven up the walls of the Pryor Gallery. Like Hinson, Behrens is a Columbia State original; only Behrens has been in the front of his classroom or studio from the beginning.

    “We have featured Fred and his paintings through the years in the Pryor Gallery, and every time I so look forward to and then enjoy that experience.  I find I have daily favorites that fight for my attention and more intense gaze,” comments Kuykendall.  Behrens teaches fulltime, classroom and studio courses at Columbia State; but he also finds time to paint throughout the year.  This exhibit will feature his favorites, which will be for sale.

    The Pryor Art Gallery is located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on Columbia State’s Columbia Campus. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The gallery is also open on weekends during special events. For more information on the events held in Pryor Gallery, call (931) 540-2883.


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