Pam Pate's "WCTE Necklace" is our featured artwork for August 2009.
Pam Pate has loved art since she could hold a crayon in her hand, and cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to create things.
“I was originally an art education major in college but at some point realized I didn’t want to teach as much as I wanted to do.”
Pam grew up on a family farm in the Knoxville area, met the love of her life at UTK, then spent the next 22 years following him around in the military.
“We came to Cookeville when my husband was assigned to the ROTC detachment at TTU — and since he was close to retirement, we decided it was a good place to raise our boys and still be near both sets of parents.”
She enjoys working in a variety of mediums and credits a few workshops and heaps of trial and error, adding that experience is irreplaceable.
“I like it all if it involves colors and shapes - watercolors, acrylics, collages, metal smithing and fused glass - all of which I do in my home studios. Each media has it own appeal, whether it be the freedom of painting or the textural depth of glass.”
What inspires Pam?
“Ideas are everywhere - one simply has to have an open mind and be fearless in trying new things. Nature, music, poetry, even human and animal behavior are all fuel for my artwork.“
“If art expresses the experience and feelings of the artist, then the natural beauty of the Upper Cumberland and the slower pace of life here can be felt in my work. Like my series of fish necklaces or my paintings based on nearby lakes.”
“This area is teeming with talented artists in all media. It is an emotional rush to get together with a group of creative people because you always come away with new ideas and a fever to get started on new projects.”
The necklace she created is an interpretation of the WCTE logo.
“It features land formations in a piece of local black slate and 18K bi-metal with a mystic topaz representative of WCTE shining over the landscape. The chain repeats the oval shape of the pendant in sterling and 18K bi-metal. The entire necklace is completely hand fabricated.”
You can find examples of Pam Pate’s jewelry at Spicer & Co., 123 W. Broad Street in Cookeville until the end of August. Her painting and fused glass can be found at the Stella Luna Art Gallery at 412 College Street in Smithville, and at the Tennessee Art League Gift Shop (near the Frist) in Nashville.
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