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Tia Calfee, "Under the Cover of Night"

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - June 26 @ 6:00 pm CDT


The Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC) will feature the artwork of Tia Calfee in a solo exhibit, entitled Under the Cover of Night. The show will run from June 3-25 at the SMAC Art Center and Gallery, 7 Downing Street. The opening reception will be Friday, June 3, 6-9 p.m.
Growing up surrounded by trees, artist Tia Calfee was inspired by nature from a young age. As a child she studied wildlife textbooks, scientific nature illustrations and the Audubon Society Manual, influenced by an enduring fascination with animals and the natural world. The subject matter of her oil and acrylic paintings often focus on flora and fauna native to the Ozarks. In the exhibit Under the Cover of Night, Tia imagines the unexamined activities and movements of animals at night. Through the use of harsh lighting, dark and monochromatic color schemes she reveals the mysterious wonderings of woodland creatures as if viewed from a trail camera. Tia reflects, “Growing up in the country, it was pitch black outside at night. We had windows that faced the woods where there was no light. If something was even inches away from the window staring back, there would be no way of knowing. I would like the viewer to have a similar experience of looking out into the night and wondering what it’s hiding.”
Tia graduated from Nixa High School in 2012 and was a member of the National Art Honor Society. She received an Associates degree in Fine Arts from Ozark Technical College in 2016 with a focus on screen printing and illustration. She is currently working at Infinium Studios in Springfield as a tattoo artist. She is a member of the SMAC Mural Collective and was a contributing artist on the Historic Downing Street mural project in Hollister.
Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Vintage Paris Coffee kiosk will also be on hand for opening night. This year, SMAC is highlighting worthy non-profit organizations. This month, the Branson Humane Society will be highlighted at the opening reception. The humane society provides aid in the alleviation of distress and suffering of animals, and promote humane treatment through protection, placement and public education. Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC), a 501C3 nonprofit local center of creativity, art education, innovation, and community partnership, strives to improve the quality of life in Southern Missouri by connecting individuals with the arts, for the benefit of all.


June 3 @ 6:00 pm CDT
June 26 @ 6:00 pm CDT
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