Stella Luna Gallery Kicks Off Summer Series

June 24, 2007
Dwayne Page

Stella Luna Art Gallery launches its summer schedule of “Hot Artists - Cool Visions” with a gallery showing for Stan Rodriguez and Robert Carlson June 30th through July 19th. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, June 30th from 6 until 9 pm at the gallery on College St. in Smithville.

Gallery owners Louis and Christine Colombarini say the current exhibit is first of three in the series Stella Luna will host this summer. The goal, Louis explains, is to “create more awareness and exposure for the featured artists and give art enthusiasts of the area an opportunity to meet and view the work of nationally recognized, award winning American artists.” All works displayed in this exhibit and gallery will be available for purchase.

Rodriguez, a resident of Cookeville and California native, comes from a family of traditional painters. He carries that tradition forward in works he calls digeographs. “I use the mouse as if it were a brush or pencil, and paint on the computer screen to express the beauty and exuberance of life,” he explains. His work has been featured at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

Carlson, who lives in Hannibal, MO, specializes in fine art claywork and painting. He is a frequent presenter of workshops, including several held at the Appalachian Crafts Center. Carlson has been an “artist-in-residence” at the center and was honored as Artist of the Year by the Cookeville Arts Commission in 1999. His work has been featured in many shows celebrating contemporary clay, including the Smithsonian Crafts Show in Washington, D.C.

Since opening in 2004, Stella Luna has showcased an eclectic mix of contemporary American fine art and craft in all media. One third of the more than 90 artists featured are residents of Tennessee. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 through 5:50. For additional information, contact Louis Colombarini at 615.597.4004 or visit them on the web at

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