The Mason House Gallery reopened this month for the first time since public exhibits closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free one-month exhibition, sponsored by the Greeneville Arts Council, features the work of local artist Larry Bunton.
Bunton performed in the local theater for 10 years until the pandemic curtailed performances. He turned to painting as a creative outlet because it’s “something you can do at home on your own”. Unsurprisingly, the artist-turned-painter began painting portraits of performing artists in acrylic paint, which he found “consistent with his hard color field style.”
Bunton is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has considerable experience in graphic design.
Til Green, the council’s executive director of exhibitions, said the decision to reopen was difficult.
“We were very excited to collect the artwork from the gallery,” Green said. “We are still not comfortable hosting opening receptions with artists, but our board has decided that as long as the artist is comfortable hanging an exhibition, we welcome them. . “
The council is planning another exhibition in September, also without a reception.
“We take it month by month, depending on the COVID situation,” Green said.
While the gallery closed, artists exhibited online at the Greeneville Arts Council website, www.greenevilleartscouncil.org. Although he provided a venue for the artists, Green noted that online art sales were lower than normal for the gallery.
The Mason House Gallery is located at the corner of Depot and Main Streets, inside the General Morgan Inn.
For more information on this exhibit or others, contact Green at 423-329-5366. For more information about the Mason House Gallery or other Greeneville Arts Council events, such as the En Plein Air Painting Club, visit www.greenevilleartscouncil.org.