NRCC hosting ‘Art for the Holidays’ exhibit


North River Civic Center is holding an exhibit titled “Art for the Holidays,” opening Dec. 6. Artists displaying work include, front from left, Jane Campbell, Rena Malone and Nancy Wiwan; and, back from left, Geri Igou, Carol Ruoco, Stevie Hunt, Judi Hostetter, Geraldine McKay-Seay, Lee Fritch, Marlene Dickshinski and NRCC Director Linda Rugina.

The North River Civic Center is hosting an opening reception for its exhibit “Art for the Holidays” Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display at the center until Feb. 28, 2014.

NRCC has been holding fine-arts classes and exhibits since 2004, according to Director Linda Rugina. The 11 artists whose work is being shown in the upcoming show regularly attend the life drawing sessions held on Monday mornings at the center.

Artist Rena Malone said she has been participating in the group for the past eight months.

“I like painting with friends,” she said. “It’s motivational and fun.”

This is her first time exhibiting with the group.

“Everyone is going to bring some of their best,” said Malone, who is bringing some of her oil paintings. “The art will be wonderful, colorful and in different mediums.”

Signal Mountain resident Lee Fritch said this is his second time exhibiting at NRCC.

“This is a pretty talented group of people,” he said.

Geraldine McKay-Seay said she uses the Monday life drawing sessions as drawing practice. She has been attending on and off for the past four years, as she has been traveling back and forth from the United States to Australia every six months.

The Hixson resident said she will have several landscapes on display.

“I like to capture the feeling of a place,” she said.

Artist Jane Campbell will have several portraits in pastels on display.

“It will be an enriching moment,” she said of the exhibit.