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Grayson Gallery hosts book signing and photo exhibit

Staff Report
Carter County Times

The Grayson Gallery & Art Center has a busy couple of days coming up, kicking off tomorrow with a book-signing event featuring Patric Richardson, author of Laundry Love.

Richardson, also known as “the Laundry Evangelist,” will hold the meet and greet and book signing from 4:30 – 6:30 on the evening of September 29.

The public is invited to stop by and meet the author and television personality, and to take an opportunity to ask questions and to purchase his book Laundry Love – Finding Joy in a Common Chore with Karin B. Miller.

Richardson is also the owner of Mona Williams and, per the website (see monawilliams.com), “a longtime lover of beautiful clothes. Starting as a child, Patric developed an appreciation for wonderful clothes and incredible service at great, lost department stores like Parsons and Stone & Thomas in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Voted best dressed in eighth grade and again in high school, the obsession with clothes continued. In college, there was only one choice, a degree in fashion merchandising, apparel and textiles. The time at the University of Kentucky allowed Patric to hone his skills with textiles, becoming an expert in their use and care. While attending UK, he worked at the legendary store McAlpin’s. and then transitioned to Embry’s,“the finest furrier in the South.” It was then that Patric developed his service skills with exceptional clients. This knowledge and dedication gave Patric the opportunity to write a case study for a nationally recognized collegiate textbook, The Meaning of Dress. After college, the transition to Minnesota was easy. Patric took a job at Neiman Marcus selling beautiful clothes in an exceptional environment. Working there for three years, he had the opportunity to go to Nordstrom and be a manager. While at Nordstrom, he worked with leaders in high fashion, growing the business and learning the significance of the runway. The opportunities to learn about chic at Neiman Marcus, and about runway style at Nordstrom gave life to the idea of Mona Williams.”

There will be light refreshments available at this free event. and it will also be a chance for a sneak preview of Something in the Water, a photography show by Bill Tussey, which officially goes on exhibit the following evening, during the Final Friday event at the Gallery.

Instead of the typical ensemble show, this month the Gallery is hosting a solo photography exhibit from Tussey, based around the theme of water.

Tussey, is a nearly lifelong resident of Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio, where he has focused on combining his love of the unique people and breathtaking geography of Appalachia through his exploration of digital photography and environmental portraiture. Much of his work has been heavily influenced by the rivers and streams meandering through the central Appalachians. He continues to seek new faces, new projects, and new horizons. About the themed exhibit Something in the Water, the artist states: “Water is a medium that is constantly changing, moving, and shifting, even when it appears stagnant. Deep within yourself, you feel that growth, that change, that cleansing, that power. Many go their entire lives without being attuned to the world around them, content to be carried along on the waves of popular opinion or social trends; but for you, this journey cements your place in the larger world. Moving through the waterways of life, bending the currents to your will, smoothing the rocks that cause others to run aground. You feel the passion of the water deeply, intimately, viscerally, and dare anyone to stand in the way of your triumph and peace. Join us, and allow the currents to refocus your energy and realign your emotions.”

Along with the exhibit, which runs from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Gallery and is free to the public, will be light refreshments from Sheila’s Catering and musical entertainment from The Return Duo, featuring band founders Gary Kesling and Michael Fitzpatric.

Coming up at the Gallery on Saturday are the Grayson Rotary Club’s Funtoberfest activities (see story in this issue) and the Carter County Metal 4 concert series on Saturday, October 8, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

While all Gallery events are free and open to the public, donations are accepted and appreciated.

Contact the writer at news@cartercountytimes.com



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