The Asher Love Studio + Gallery presents “POWER\plants”, a series of oil paintings by self-taught Chattanooga artist, Michael Jenkins. This body of work, all painted on reclaimed wood combining oil paints, acrylic and spray paints, consists of imagery that forces the perspective between manmade power/energy production and its relationship to the natural environment. There are factories, nuclear plants, power poles and trees. Even the exhibition’s title is a comment on this relationship/lordship in a struggle for dominance. An opening night reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 5th from 6:00pm-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. The Asher Love Gallery is located in the newly revitalized business district of downtown St. Elmo directly behind Pasha's Coffee House and Blacksmith's Bistro at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 1-7pm, Saturdays 11-6 and Sundays 12noon-5pm.
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Jenkins was born in Mississippi, grew up in Alabama, and moved to Chattanooga 10 years ago. He is self-taught having received no formal training. His inspiration comes from gritty graffiti and museum works of fine art. Jenkins paints with most all types of paints, but oil is preferred. His current work is a mixture of oil, acrylic and spray paint with a focus on oil. His work has shown at many popular venues and art festivals in Chattanooga and Atlanta.