WCTE Lobby Gallery hosts new artists and reception

Photo from L - R Debra Ruzinsky, Stacie Netherton, Cella Neapolitan and Marilee Hall

Cookeville –Four local artists will be showcased at WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS’ lobby gallery located at 229 E. Broad St. from Sept. 3 – Oct. 29, in addition to a free reception with the artists on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Visit the WCTE lobby gallery Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and view fine art by Marilee Hall (ceramics), Cella Neapolitan (photography), Debra Ruzinsky (glass) and Stacie Netherton (painting).  When asked about the partnership between these artists and WCTE, Neapolitan expressed her excitement.

“Well, it’s a natural partnership, isn’t it?” said Neapolitan. “Public television and art.  So much of our arts education comes to us via public television, throughout our lives! I have always been grateful for this, a supporter of WCTE myself and now, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share my latest efforts publicly in the WCTE Lobby Gallery, right on our town’s historic square.”

Those who follow the local art-scene may recognize Hall, Neapolitan and Netherton’s names and artwork. The three welcome new local artist and Appalachian Center for Craft Director, Debra Ruzinky to the scene and are excited to have her glass pieces in their exhibit.

“Marilee had the insight to invite glass artist and Appalachian Center for Craft director Debra Ruzinsky as an additional 3D artist,” said Neapolitan. “Debra’s acceptance made the show, and we are all thrilled with how it worked out!”

For more information about WCTE’s lobby gallery hours or questions, call 921-528-2222.

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for 40 years as the region’s premier storyteller, and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, TN.  WCTE is a proud strategic partner with educators, health services, government, arts and music organizations across the Upper Cumberland. WCTE is a 501-(c) 3, and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide. 

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