| First Part, XV
Dance the Orange. Who can forget it,
drowning in itself, how it struggles through against its own sweetness.
You have possessed it.
Dance the orange.
Jackson Artist featured in new art exhibit at Delta Heritage Center
"Sonnets to Orpheus" is the name of the latest exhibit to be presented April 13 - June 2, at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn. The collection of mixed media art is the work of Jackson, Tenn., native Lendon Noe and explores a series of poems written by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke depicting the Greek mythical musician, Orpheus.
"Rilke’s sonnets are filled with beautiful metaphors that to me are breathtakingly visual," says Noe. "While I don’t seek to illustrate his work, I have been immeasurably inspired by it."
Noe is the former Professor of Art at Lambuth University where she taught for 28 years. She has recently opened a studio and gallary at DCA/DCPR in Jackson and is a partner and instructor with Silver Creek Workshops.
"My work hovers between realism and pure abstraction and I am attracted to many different media and techniques."
Noe began as an oil painter but explains that she now does a lot of drawing, incorporating acrylics and inks, collage and image transfers. Inspired by nature, many of the works in the Orpheus collection depicts trees and nature.
" I look for poetic references and metaphors involving all kinds of plant life and birds."
The public is invited to a special exhibit opening and reception Friday evening, April 13, 6-8 p.m., to meet the artist and learn about her inspiration and interpretation of the sonnets.
Lendon Hamilton Noe
Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she was Professor of Art at Lambuth University for 28 years.
She has opened a studio and gallery at DCA/DCPR and is partner and instructor with Silver Creek Workshops.
She graduated from Rollins College in Florida, earning the BA in Art and English Literature. She studied in Denver at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and then returned to Tennessee and completed an MS in Art Education at UT Knoxville.
She completed her MFA in Painting and Mixed Media at Vermont College. Her work includes oil painting, original prints, mixed media, and installation including the award winning Alice at Finnegan’s Wake. Her primary media are oil and graphite drawing pencil. For the last 10 years, her work has been focused on natural history.
Her Tennessee natural history installation won a place in the Nashville Airport Flying Solo exhibition. In the summer of 2006 she was awarded an artist-in-residency at the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.
She enjoys creating site specific thematic shows that may include drawings, paintings, collage, image transfer and assemblage.
Her most recent shows have been For Privilege of Sod and Sun, artwork inspired by the nature images in the life and work of Emily Dickinson, and a contemporary Book of Hours which opened at the Art Institute of Las Vegas in November of 2007.
In 2008 she began a series of work she intends to develop continuously entitled Return to the Grove. The first installment of this show opened in Florence, Alabama in December of 2008. The most recent installment opened in 2011 at Art Under a Hot Tin Roof in Memphis where she continues to be represented. Lendon is also represented by Gallery One in Nashville. Artist