TUSCUMBIA - The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is hosting Perceptions: Four Contemporary Artists now through September 17.  The exhibition features work by Elaine Augustine, Laurie Maves, Tracie Noles-Ross, and Rachel Ann Wakefield. 

Each of the four women in the show have displayed a body of work that reflects their artistic vision and style.  Viewers walking through the museum will get to experience exploration with color, narrative, abstraction, and hyper-realism through painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

Acclaimed local artist, Elaine Augustine, is showing her abstract oil paintings that experiment with color and composition. 

Augustine  said, “This abstract style allows me to just paint from my heart!”


Laurie Maves is another abstract artist in the show, and her exhibition Prayers for the Decade features a series of large-scale paintings displayed dynamically by suspending them from the museum’s ceiling.   Maves is a Masters-level art therapist based in Florida.  She seeks to display her own work and to encourage others to paint therapeutically and as an avenue for spiritual connection. 

“I hope the viewer will experience an immersion of joy, focusing on the commonality of humanity’s crossover with divinity,” said Maves.


The exhibition takes a turn toward the strange and whimsical with Tracie Noles-Ross’s exhibition,  More Tales From the Brambly Thicket. Her sculptures and wall art are created with discarded and forgotten objects that are charged with a new purpose, encoded with healing stories, and used to encourage a shift in perspective.” Her fairy-tale-esque work features female figures along with southern flora and fauna. This results in artworks that “feel a little shadowy and dark like the forest floor.”


Bright colors and realism dominate Rachel Ann Wakefield’s exhibition, Passage. Wakefield said that this collection of work reflects how in the past year and a half, we have all become familiar with letting go of much of what we have thought to be certain.” 

The exhibition represents Wakefield’s artistic progression from her underwater paintings, a theme of her past work, to her newer pieces that are focused on hyper-color, light, paint handling, and negative space. 

Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.  Masks are required inside the museum until further notice. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for TVAA members. Admission is also free for education, healthcare, and first responder workers as part of our Arts for the Frontline program, sponsored by Bank Independent and E.S. Robbins. For more information, visit tennesseevalleyarts.org or call 256-383-0533.