September 1 – January 5, 2014
Works of art by seven Oak Ridge artists depict historical structures, lifestyle and nature through framed prints and oil on canvas featured in the “Oak Ridge in Art” exhibition on view now through January 5, 2014 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
One of the iconic images of bygone days captured by these artists is the 1920’s arched Solway Bridge over the Clinch River on Hwy. 62 to join Oak Ridge to Knoxville. Built by Knox County and dedicated in 1930, the Solway Bridge was described as a 772 foot long concrete arch bridge with 20 foot roadway with 3 foot sidewalk on right. The beauty of the three arches of the Solway bridge could not compensate for a two-lane roadway only 20 feet in width, which was replaced in the 1970’s by a four lane concrete bridge. To commemorate the beauty of the 1920’s Solway Bridge, examine Nick Fielder’s oil on canvas, Pat McWilliams Hopkins’ print, Fred Heddleson’s print and his series of prints recording the “Destruction of the Solway Bridge” in various stages dated from April 14, 1970 through April 15, 1979.
Several 1940’s buildings and activities are interpreted by the Oak Ridge artists in the museum exhibition. The Chapel on the Hill is shown in a print by Helen Guymon and an oil on artist board by Helen Bayless, which was donated to AMSE by Norman R. Miller. Of special interest is the oil on canvas works of Nick Fielder as he interprets “Gallaher Ferry, Oak Ridge, Clinch River 1943” and “Nuclear Day: Oppenheimer at Trinity, April 16, 1945”. Irvin Grossman created an Alexander Inn print with its pink azalea landscape and porch spanning the outside of the first floor. Nancy Smith prepared a print of the American Museum of Science and Energy exterior. Helen Guymon developed the Oak Ridge 50th Commemorative Print “Oak Ridge Memories” with multiple images of Oak Ridge’s townsite buildings, natural beauty in flora and fauna.
AMSE acknowledges the exhibition loan of works by Oak Ridge artists from the collections of Bobbie Martin, Nick Fielder and Fred Heddleson. Available in the museum’s Discovery Shop are Heddleson’s Solway Bridge print and the Destruction of Solway Bridge print. The Discovery Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am – 4:45 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 4:45 pm.