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Franne Lee: The OMO Factor 

When: Nov. 26-Dec. 31 2010
Even if you don’t know Franne Lee from her long involvement with Plowhaus Artists’ Cooperative, you’re likely familiar with at least some of her work — at least, if you’ve ever seen SNL’s Landshark or Coneheads. Before moving to Nashville, she was a renowned costume designer in New York, winning Tony Awards for her work on 1974’s Candide and 1979’s Sweeney Todd. Though she still does costume work for stage, film and video, Lee now focuses much of her attention visual art. Her new show of paintings features images of children with painted faces, inspired by the tribespeople of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, who have an elaborate tradition of face and body decoration. The earthy colors and rough, grainy pieces of wood that serve as canvases give the works a warm, organic feel and playful charm.
— Jack Silverman


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