Most Valuable Volunteer

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Kay Foote was born in Iola, KS and grew up in Davenport, IA, where her grade school teacher fostered her interest in art. She received several art awards during that period and continued to take as many art courses as possible including her years at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. It was there she met her husband, Bob. After their marriage in 1959 they moved to the Washington, D.C. area where their daughters, Kathy and Kelly, were born.

Kay continued taking private art lessons in a variety of mediums while living in Lynchburg, VA, Bluefield, WV and Mount Pleasant, PA. Once their girls were in high school, the family moved to FL where Kay and Bob started careers in senior housing, and her art was set aside. For the next 30 years, Kay was involved in marketing, developing PR programs and/or managing retirement communities in FL and the Chicago area. She retired from managing Tabor Hills Retirement Community in Naperville, IL in 2004, but soon found retirement didn’t suit her, so she returned to work with FoMark Companies (Foote Marketing and Advertising Firm) and moved to Lake Saint Louis, MO for two years to premarket a new senior community alongside her husband.

Feeling she had failed at her first retirement, Kay began doing the things she had intended to do earlier, and started taking art classes again while working in Lake Saint Louis. She settled on watercolor and has been enjoying her chosen art form ever since.

She and Bob moved back to Ft. Myers, FL after their second retirement and Kay resumed pursuing her art and writing interests taking classes at Naples Renaissance Academy and Hodges University. She joined the Cape Coral Art League where she took additional classes and workshops. “I was privileged to have the opportunity to study under quite a few nationally well-known watercolor artists at that time,” she said.

Since moving to Tullahoma in 2011, Kay has enjoyed belonging to, and participating in, a variety of art endeavors at the Tullahoma Art Center and the community. “Bob remodeled our bonus room into my art studio, and I have been able to teach private lessons in my home as well as a number of classes at the art center,” she explained. “I also volunteer at Morning Pointe Assisted Living Community here on Mondays, and am a small group leader at Morning Glories Bible Study, an interdenominational group that meets on Tuesday mornings at First Baptist Church. I started volunteering at the art center on Saturdays soon after arriving in Tullahoma, and love having the opportunity to interact with other artists and the community through that association.”