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The sky is not the limit for artist Veda Reed, it’s just the starting point.
The Oklahoma-native will be exhibiting a collection of her works, inspired by the wide-open skies of the western prairies, at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. The exhibit, Veda Reed: Oklahoma Skies, will open March 26 and run through May 12.
An opening reception for Reed will be held at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, Ala., 35674, at 1 p.m. March 26 where she will meet and talk with visitors.
Reed said she’s influenced by the open landscapes of her home state.
“Actually, I was more down to earth in college and always considered myself a landscape painter,” she said. “Growing up and living in Oklahoma, there are very few trees, one could see the horizon. I began to look up and the sky became the major interest.”
Reed added she doesn’t just paint clouds, but she studies them too.
“Because my part of Oklahoma is so flat, you can just see forever, everything is affected by the sky and what is happening in the sky,” she said. “I began to take a real interest in the vastness of the space and what was actually happening. I began to study clouds and what started their formation and what they were able to cause as far as weather is concerned.”
Reed received her BFA at the Memphis College of Art and began working at the college the year she graduated, 1956. After taking a leave of absence to study in Europe, Reed returned in 1962 as a Professor and held that rank from 1962 to 1995. Since she retired from teaching in 1996, Reed served two terms on the Memphis College of Art’s Board of Trustees.
As an artist, Reed has had solo shows in Nashville, Memphis, Columbus, Miss., Birmingham, Washington D.C., and New York. She’s also been in group exhibits in California, New York, Illinois, Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and free on Sundays.