Arey Jean Barton & Joe D. Lendley September 10- 30
Opening reception is Sunday, September 10 from 2pm to 5pm.
Pastels and oils
Arey Jean Barton of Tullahoma knows what it’s like to ‘walk in the valley of the shadow of death.” She has experienced first-hand the trauma of losing her ability to speak – to read and to write. She was called the “miracle lady” by doctors in Nashville; Arey Jean survived a stroke during surgery to remove a non-malignant brain tumor May 8, 1996. A co-worker at Wildon Sporting Goods introduced her to painting when she was 34 year old. In 1974 she took art lessons at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center and painted a portrait of her daughter, April and one of her husband, Thomas. After her surgery and stoke she was reading from the Bible “Isaiah 40th chapter, 31st verse, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk; and not faint”. She stated she needed to paint an eagle, so she did. Arey Jean has been a long time member of the Tullahoma Art Center and with “Art therapy” she was on a slow road of recovery. Arey Jean reads her Bible and paints every day, “it stills my heart.”. She was born and raised in Tullahoma and is the daughter of the late Frazier McEwen who was Chief of Tullahoma Police Department and later Sheriff of Coffee County.
Joe D. Lendley biography
I started painting when I was about 35. I started painting homes, places, barns and churches. I then saw a pair of mules in Viola at Mule Day and have painted a lot of mules since that time. I like painting animals and pets. Any time I see something I like I take a photo of it and use it for future paintings. I always have a canvas with a painting in progress at all times. Since I am retired and have plenty of time, I found myself spending more and more time in my studio.
Community Artist Exhibit
The space was shared with Soozie Lowry, Mary Reeves, Wesley Smith, Melissa Thompson, Trenton Turner, Marie Kelly, Tammy O’Connor, Jacob Parnham, John Hough, and Joseph Schoof; amazingly talented in media from metal sculpture to glass blowing, as well as other painters.
Franklin County Art Guild
July 8 – July 29
American Watercolor Society
March 10-April 17