Artist Showcase Home » About Us » Artist Showcase The Blood Connection is proud to showcase artwork by Melinda Hoffman and Johnny Nutt Artist Exhibit: November 15 – February 14 at Woodruff Road Donation Center Artist Reception: Tuesday, December 10th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Painting by Melinda Hoffman “Jump High” (oil on canvas) Pottery by Johnny Nutt “All My Heroes are Weirdoes, Total Zeroes” Melinda Hoffman, Greenville, received a fine arts degree at Indiana University and later studied print making at Clemson. One of her pieces was exhibited at the 2011 China Print Festival. She has spent 10 years shooting video for local television and often shoots her own stills. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that she began to have a desire for painting. The works on display are oil, but she is beginning to expand into acrylics as well. Hoffman reacts in an “art way” to political observations in both the U.S. and abroad. Her paintings often have cultural themes. She is passionate about the energy provided by the sun, water, and wind. Her landscapes continue her search for light. Hoffman looks for the light that is given to all of us and asks what we will make of it. Melinda can be contacted at email@example.com. Johnny Nutt, a native son of South Carolina, studied at Furman and graduated from USC. He teaches art at TL Hanna High School in Anderson. As a potter, he vacillates back and forth between making functional pottery and art vessels. His work ranges dramatically in size; some of his pieces are over seven feet tall and can weigh in excess of 100 pounds. His current work focuses as much on the surface of the piece as the form itself. Nutt enjoys the challenge of creating graphic images in the round. He likes to create a sort of tension and release feel to his work with contrasts of light/dark, smooth/rough, glossy/flat, busy/sparse, etc. In the past he created many pieces exclusively in black and white, but now is beginning to incorporate more color. Most of the pieces on exhibit were created within the last five years, with several being on display for the first time. Johnny can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.