Menagerie

The Franklin County Arts Guild is pleased to announce the opening of “Melissa’s Menagerie” at the Artisan Depot, 204 East Cumberland St., Cowan.

The guest-artist show will be presented by Melissa Long Krosnick, a well-known local artist.

The show opens today and will run through Oct. 31. The community is invited to meet the artist during a reception on Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.

Visit the Artisan Depot Gallery and Gift Shop during operating hours from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The gallery is also open each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Visit www.franklincoarts.org for more information. The gallery is following CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and wearing masks.

About the artist

Krosnick began her academic art education in 1975 and has continued studying at various universities throughout her life. She received an associate’s degree in 1987, then after completing a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in December 2005 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she began her artistic practice.

Krosnick’s practice includes a diversity of media using traditional art materials and other man-made objects that she assembles into sculptures. Recently, she has extended her artistic practice using photography and video.

One theme that Krosnick embraces is female empowerment. She explains that the appropriation of existing cultural materials into artistic objects and expressions of personas enacted in performance art pieces has emerged in her practice.

“’Brianza’ was an art-encounter event I curated that was held on the Square in Winchester during a Wriggle,” Krosnick said. “The art display of my work in a storefront and brassieres worn by ladies while strolling around the Square was held to promote breast cancer awareness.”

Krosnick said she believes there are no boundaries between art and life, nor are there materials exclusive to the art-making process.

“Anything can become art with imagination and technical mastery of one’s chosen medium of expression,” Krosnick said. “I am addicted to transforming the ordinary articles of daily life into extraordinary, thought-provoking, evocative objects d’art.”