‘The Wild and the Mundane’ in SAS Art Gallery 

Arts & Entertainment

“The Wild and the Mundane,” an exhibition by Kellen Mayfield and Katie Craighill, opens in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Gallery on Feb. 6 and runs through March 30. A reception for the artists is on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5–7 p.m.

This gallery show combines drawings and paintings that highlight ways in which we relate to our environment. Mayfield’s art focuses on the seemingly mundane character of certain human landscapes, inviting the viewer to re-examine the significance of our impact on space, while Craighill’s intricate line work, depicts wildlife, and explores our understanding of and place in nature. 

Katie Craighill, ’13, and Kellen Mayfield, ’12, grew up in Sewanee and graduated from St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. Craighill went to Bowdoin College where she studied Biology and Art. After graduating, she moved to Atlanta and started Savage Mountain Art and Design, an online digital gallery and store that sells Craighill’s nature-themed art. After high school, Mayfield spent five years making art, hitchhiking around the country, and living for a while in Nashville and Oakland. He is a senior at Hampshire College, majoring in Studio Art. 

In conjunction with the SAS exhibition, Mayfield and Craighill will offer a one-day public workshop, “The Wild and the Mundane: interpreting landscapes around us through artistic expression,” 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8. In the morning session, Mayfield will lead participants in sketching and painting exercises that focus on what he calls “mundane landscapes.” In the afternoon, Craighill will have participants focus on more “natural” landscapes and wildlife, and, if time permits, making some of the drawings into printable stencils and demonstrate the basic process of screen printing. The $25 fee for the workshop includes lunch. For more information and to register, contact the SAS Gallery at <sasgallery@sasweb.org>.

SAS Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment. Contact Gladstone or Malde at <sasgallery@sasweb.org> for more information.