Botanist and nature journaler, Mary gravitates toward natural subjects in her artwork. She works in pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor, both singly and in combination. Mary is editor and illustrator of The Sewanee Plant Press, the quarterly newsletter … Continue reading
Franklin County Arts Guild member Tom Knowles will be speaking about the history of the CTC building, “World Class Technology Comes to Cowan” Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 PM at the Cowan Center for the Arts Training Center. Come and hear Tom’s lecture, he knows his stuff and is a very entertaining speaker :-). Bring your friends!
Artwork by Motlow College non-traditional students Linda Ayers, Judy Grealis and Kurt Krause will be featured in an exhibit in the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on Motlow’s Moore County campus this month, said Brian Robinson, an associate professor of art … Continue reading
Vote for your favorite ROOSTER! Come in to the Artisan Depot and vote for your favorite Rooster painting, wood carving, or book. You may vote one time per visit. The Peoples Choice Rooster will hang in a place of honor … Continue reading
I can tell you, come last Friday, that the turnout for the rooster show was great! Lots of familiar faces and actually, lots of unfamiliar, too. Cameras were a’clickin’ like the paparazzi at those several dozen feathery paintings hanging on … Continue reading
This is a show that can’t be missed! Not only will you see roosters of many colors, but they will be rendered by MANY different talented artists! Come see the show, come see the construction on the gallery, yes, changes are a happening!! Lots of new and exciting things are going on with the gallery! Come celebrate the art of the rooster, be with friends, mingle with fellow artists and love ART!!
I am very pleased to announce that Linda Overton Heath, one of our own members, will be having an art opening at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center along side watercolorist Kay Foote this coming Saturday, February 9th from 6 to 8 pm. Linda is a pen and ink artist and her work is exquisite! This would be a great opportunity for us all to not only show some support for a fellow member and artist but to also check out the TFAC and all the fantastic updates they have made to the gallery last year. It really is a gorgeous place and we could learn a few things that maybe we could take back and attribute to our very own gallery in Cowan :-). Here is a shot of the show card and a bit about Linda. Lets make an outing of this event! You really should see Linda’s latest pieces, they will take your breath away!! Hope to see you all there!
Linda Overton Heath was born in Hasings Kent, the site of the Battle of the Roses. Her family moved to Brighton when she was two months old, and her childhood was spent in this seaside community on the English Channel. Her father was a solicitor and later an accountant who spoke five languages. A talented amateur landscape painter and lover of art and music, Ms. Overton
Heath refers to her father as her best friend and credits him with fostering her interests in music and art. Mr. Overton frequently took his child to the Royal Pavillion and the Library in Brighton, where she became entranced with Asian wood block prints, textiles and ceramics. When she was seven, her father took her to a performance of Madame Butterfly in London, which began her lifelong love of opera.
The Overton household was a stimulating environment for a child, for Mr. and Mrs. Overton filled their lives with many creative, intellectual and multinational friends and relatives. In particular, Ms. Overton Heath recalls the influence of two of her uncles: Jack Fell, a british Ambassador to Argentina and later Spain, and James Fell, a poet who worked with Sir Lawrence Olivier. By the age of five, she had already begun to exhibit a remarkable artistic talent, recognized when she was asked to paint a Crucifixion themed panel to be exhibited at St. Martin Church which was blessed by the Archbishop of Sussex.
Two years later, while enrolled at the Elm Grove School for Girls, one of her drawings was collected and exhibited by the London Art Gallery. The Brighton College of Art accepted Ms. Overton Heath when she was fourteen years old; her father passed away three months later, an event which devastated her. She studied at Brighton College of Art for four years, focusing on applied technique and developing an interest in portrature. After her graduation, she studied for six months in Frankfurt, Germany. Shortly after she returned to Britain, she emigrated to the United States. She married and turned her creative energies to raising her two daughters and volunteer work.
In 2005, Ms. Overton Heath returned to artwork for her own pleasure and sanity, as a form of catharsis during a difficult time in her life. Her style, which she calls “Oriental Contemporary”, is very different than her work prior to her marriage. While she has very little knowledge of art history, she believes that her trips to the Royal Pavilion with her father many years ago planted the seeds for her current body of work.
Ms. Overton Heath has only recently begun publicly exhibiting her work. She did not realize there would be an interest in her work until friends pressed her to enter an art show in Huntsville, Alabama where she won an award. That coupled with an overwhelmingly positive public response convinced her to give her work a broader audience.
There will be a special meeting at the Cowan Center for the Arts (Community School Building) on Saturday, February 2nd, to discuss the future organization of the gallery. If you have work in the gallery (or want to have work in the gallery), you need to be at this meeting to discuss how the gallery will be run in the future or even if there is enough interest to keep the gallery open. If you know any artists who might be interested in having work in the gallery, please invite them to this meeting. Show your support for the future of this important part of Cowan and the Guild!
Hello FCAG Blog Readers,
Just wanted to let you know as of this month Franklin County Arts Guild member, Jennifer Redstreake has kindly agreed to be our new blog editor. Please send any news items for the blog to her. Jennifer is a terrific artist as well as being a very nice person & easy to communicate with, so let’s all extend a warm welcome to Jennifer!
Several of our Franklin County Arts Guild members are participating in the Annual Cowan Christmas Market & the Craft Artists of Southern TN 2012 Studio Tour this holiday season.
The Cowan Christmas Market takes place November 30, 4-9 pm & December 1, 10-4 pm, with local artists & vendors offering a variety of hand made and local gift items for your holiday shopping. Santa will be available for photo ops. The kids will have an opportunity to make ornaments & games will be available. Several entertainment groups are also lined up. FCAG members, Diana Lamb & Frances Perea will be doing face painting & Carol VandenBosch will exhibit her beautiful hand created mosaics. The Market will take place at the Monterey Mills located on Monterey Street in Cowan. More info contact Becky Sherman 931-967-7318.
Don’t miss the 48th Annual Cowan Christmas Parade, “A Story Book Christmas,” on December 1, 1:00 pm.
The FCAG Membership Show continues at the Artisan Depot, 201 E. Cumberland Street and the gallery is chock full of art & crafts by local artists for your gift giving.
The Craft Artists of Southern TN is also hosting its annual studio tour where artists open their studios to the public with a wide variety of arts & crafts. Several FCAG members will be on hand: Dwain Adams; birdcarving, Sherry Nickell; flameworked glass, Jeanie Stephenson; bronze sculpture & Nancy Wallace; book art. The Studio Tour takes place December 1, 10-5 pm & December 2, 12-5 pm. Studios will be open throughout Sewanee & Monteagle. For maps & more info www.cast-taca.org.