Toni Swarthout “Red”

Toni Swarthout “Red”:

To Benefit Go Red for Women®

February 1, 2014 - March 1, 2014

Alizah Greenberg

Alizah Greenberg:

Jewelry Designer Alizah Greenberg

at Gallery One

Toni Swarthout “Red”

Toni Swarthout “Red”

As part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women, Nashville artist Toni Swarthout is donating 25% of all sales during her exhibition Red to the association. The show runs the entire month of February at Gallery One.  The gallery will also donate 15% of any other sales made during the month to the association. The cause is close to Swarthout’s heart, no pun intended.  She lost her mother 10 years ago at the young age of 76 to undiagnosed heart disease.   “Losing my mother to heart disease brought an awareness to me that was absent.  Death never pierces the heart so much as when it takes someone we love.  It it my hope that through the efforts of the Go Red for Women® campaign with the people at the American Heart Association and Gallery One, we can bring an awareness to the public that we each can make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others” explains Swarthout.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. According to studies, most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late. That’s why heart disease has been called the silent killer. “No one should be silent on this; through the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, we will Speak Red! until every woman knows heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women—killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Speaking Red through visual art is a creative and impactful way to reach women’s hearts and minds, and Gallery One and Toni Swarthout are making a difference,” says Erin Link Director of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement in Middle Tennessee. 

Visceral and embodying movement, Toni Swarthout’s large, abstract color fields draw on intuitive evolution and a bodily responsiveness to paint. With thick, dragged strokes juxtaposed with gouging, debris, and studio material evidence, Swarthout’s works engage the physical process of work-making and the internal creativity of the unhampered self.

Swarthout also has a tree series that can only be described as evocative.  With varying shades of blue, green and other earth tones as a back drop, the colorless and leafless trees command notice yet draw you in to the ground at the same time.  Here you can see hints of rows and rows of other trees as if gliding through a dense albino forest.

With a love of painting that has enriched her life since the age of six, Swarthout’s works are collected by a wide range of businesses and private collectors throughout the United States, including Healthcare of America, J. Followill of Kings of Leon, Gunilla Hutton (Billy Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction), Jana Kramer, Warner Recording Artist, and the ABC drama series, Nashville.

Painting from her studio in the hip neighborhood of East Nashville in Tennessee, Swarthout explores her work by removing judgment from the creative process and embracing the fluid nature of reacting to paint in natural ways inside and outside of the studio. “Art is a conscious way of life,” Swarthout insists. “I choose to live my life thoughtfully and artfully.”

 

Alizah Greenberg

Alizah Greenberg

Alizah Greenberg’s jewelry is designed to reflect the organic world around us in all its imperfect beauty. She intertwines raw gold, silver, and diamonds with natural rock, crystal, semi-precious stones, leather, and polished wood to create jewelry that is both original and eminently wearable. We look forward to seeing you at the event.  Click here to see more of Alizah’s amazing creations.

 

 

 

 

 

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