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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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Hello Beautiful! Something about September is electrifying to me. Is it that fall is upon us and the holidays are just around the corner? Or that it's Back to School time and I love taking and teaching classes? Could it be start of football season and tailgating? Or the promise... Continue reading
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Chestnut Charles Cox is the featured artist in the exhibit From the Heart at the Pryor Art Gallery in Columbia, Tennessee. The exhibit which will be on display through August 29th also shows work by five other Chestnuts. Members Bill Brison, Frankie Church, Susan E. Jones, Eileen Moore and Dean... Continue reading
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My dear friend Ginger is a published author of two novels, Run River Currents and her latest The Button Legacy. She will be speaking and book signing at an event in Virginia this fall, and she encouraged me to participate in their art show titled "The Mystery of a Masterpiece."... Continue reading
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I'm scouring the house this morning looking for books that have been read or others ready to live their lives, fulfilled in the homes of someone else. I'll take the box of cast-off books to McKay's bookstore to sell back and purchase new-to-me books and DVDs. Two genres of books speak to my southern soul and I delight in reading them all. The first is vintage etiquette books. I love reading about the proper gifts to give your servants for Christmas and how a nanny must change children for dinner in their nursery to train them that one must always change for dinner. It seems so foreign to today's kids with their heads tucked in the texting stance. The second genre that captures my fancy are the specialty cookbooks. In an age where any recipe can be easily obtained with a simple Google search, it entertains me to read a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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On Tuesday we had a great class of talented artists learning how to weild a palette knife to create a beautiful and loose painting of Hydrangeas and a Pear. The Marchall County Arts Guild is an active organization located in a historic building in beautiful, downtown Lewisburg, Tennessee. Continue reading
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Last Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure to teach a House Portrait Workshop to a group of delightful and creative artists at the Art Attic in historic, downtown Franklin, Tennessee. And did I mention talented?? Beautiful work! Makes my job fun and easy. Continue reading
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Last weekend I enjoyed teaching a plein air painting class at Lairdland Farm House in northeastern Giles county just off I-65. The morning was glorious, cool and overcast with a slight breeze through the valley. We spent the first hour discussing Plein Air painting, the equipment used, planes of landscape... Continue reading
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On August 10, 1846, Columbia's own James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the most American of American institutions, The Smithsonian. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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This afternoon my friend Colleen and I spent a lovely time at White's Camera in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. We hoped to gain ideas for future articles for Historic Maury, a publication of the Maury County Historical Society. Ray Burt began working for Orman Photography in 1947 and ran it until he passed away in 2011. David White of White's Camera Shop offered to help Mr. Burt's widow with anything she may need in closing the business. She called on David to help her sell the photography equipment, including a 1929 Deardorff camera Orman Photography used to shoot in sepia and hand color. David asked Mrs. Burt what she planned to do with all the negatives from Orman Photography and she said she had made an arrangement with a company in Atlanta to extract the silver. David struck a deal with Mrs. Burt to either buy the negatives, sell the negatives,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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This weekend's Art Effects Art Show has been full of art, artists and raising funds for the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation. I am very proud to be a participating for the 4th year. Thirty percent of the sales go to the Foundation where the money is used to purchase gas cards for cancer patients, medications for those unable to afford their medications, and a food bank. The artwork is beautiful! I don't know how collectors are going to make their decisions. Just love these paintings by Deann Hebert... And Karen Philpott... And Lucie Mays... And Frank Baggett.... For a complete list of participating artists, click here. We'll be there from 10am to 4pm on Saturyday. Hope you see you there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
Jonathan, I contacted my friend Kathie and she replied with this info... "The letters were transribed by Jill Garret in the 1990's, and published in part by MCHS in Historic Maury. Colleen Farrell wrote and article in Historic Maury a couple of years ago when Josephine was filmed. The letters are at the Maury County Archives."
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Jonathan, that is a very good question. I'll ask around and see if I can find out for you. Are you familiar with the Maury Light Artillery re-enactors in Santa Fe, part of Maury County?
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Great group of talented ladies painting old school this week at Maury County Park. Continue reading
Hello Sugar Lump! Can you believe August is upon us? Several years ago I learned that most Europeans take off the month of August. Many businessesclose for three weeks and everyone leaves town. I had a new goal...become self-employed and take August off. Well, the self-employed goal can be checked... Continue reading
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I was gifted a lovingly used bouquet of palette knives recently and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to use them again. This painting was not originally painted with palette knife by E. H. Potthast, but my spin on it is. Continue reading
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Painting the Gulf Oyster Drill at Wall Candy, Columiba, TN A study of Charles Hawthorn's "Highland Lighthouse" at the Marshall Co Arts Guild. Mini-Monets at Amuse'um Children's Museum, Columbia, TN The Gulf Oyster Drill at Maury County Park. Continue reading
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We can't help but love them... Those silly canines that make us laugh... That know how to have a good time... Even during the heat of the Dogs Days of Summer... To celebrate our precious pooches, I'm offering a special price on my pet portraits. The PERFECT Gift for yourself,... Continue reading
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What a glorious day! Sunny, 77 degrees and a beautiful, historic southern home to enjoy. Today a friend of mine took my parents and me on a tour of Nashville's Belmont Mansion. We specifically wanted him to take us on the tour because he lived in the home and knew interesting tidbits to share, as well as the history of the mansion and its owners over the years. My friend also knew my love of art and sculpture and gardens and antiques and china and animals and was sure to point out the original owner, Adelicia Acklen, had this in abundance at Belmont and shared it with the residents of Nashville who didn't have access to an art museum or zoo. From the Belmont Mansion website I gleaned a bit of history to share here.... The moving spirit behind Belmont Mansion is Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. She was born... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Frank Beacham writes, "In 1930, Iowa artist Grant Wood painted American Gothic. The models he used for the painting were his sister, Nan Wood Graham, and his dentist, Byron McKeeby. Here they pose by the original painting. American Gothic is now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.... Continue reading
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Today, July 12, is the last day for this year's Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace. Come out and see us from 9am to 6pm at Rippavilla in Spring Hill, TN, just south of Saturn Parkway on Hwy 31 in northern Maury County. Ninety vendors with antiques, jewelry, art, and repurposed items... Continue reading
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The July membership meeting of the Maury County Historical Society is scheduled for July 20, 2014, at 2PM at the Athenaeum Rectory at 808 Athenaeum Street in Columbia, Tennessee. The membership meeting is free and open to the public. The Athenaeum Rectory was begun in 1835 as the intended residence for Samuel Polk Walker, nephew of President James K. Polk. It was completed in 1837 and was the rectory for the Columbia Female Institute, an Episcopal school for girls. In 1837, Reverend Franklin Gillette Smith accepted the position of president of The Columbia Female Institute and moved to Columbia. He was a native of Vermont and a graduate of Princeton University. In 1851, Reverend Smith resigned from the Institute to establish the Columbia Athenaeum School, retaining the Rectory as his home and a part of the newly formed Athenaeum School campus adjacent to the Columbia Female Institute. It contained the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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July is Cube month with the Mini-Monets. Last week we worked on the mechanics of painting a cube in black and white. Yesterday I photographed a gift-wrapped package and we practiced painting a cube from a photograph. Which is a lot more fun because we can add luscious COLOR!!! The... Continue reading
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I'm thrilled! These paintings are scheduled to arrive today in their new gallery, Quincy Avenue Art & Things in downtown Seaside, Florida, in the Ruskin Park area off Hwy 30A. Quincy Avenue Art & Things is known for it's colorful, fun and sometimes quirky art. Be sure and plan a... Continue reading
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Oprah says God speaks to you in whispers. But what she failed to add is if you don't listen, he raises his voice. A year ago Diane C. May recommended that I paint in simpler blocks of color, eliminating the unnecessary to tell the story. James Richards recent lesson was... Continue reading
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Kirsten Schofield recently wrote an interesting ditty in Cosmopolitan magazine titled "17 Best Things about Being from the South," and I applaud her efforts. She compiled a great list.... Bourbon. Seersucker. Y'all. 1.Y’all. We remain the only linguistic region in all of Christendom who has solved the problem of the second-person plural. Don’t even pretend like "you guys" covers it. 2. A devotion to manners. You’d simply rather perish than neglect to send a thank-you note, and your mother would teach you a lesson, young lady, if she heard you wore white shoes after Labor Day like some kind of monster. Also, there is no second date for the gentleman (“gentleman”) who neglects to pull out your chair. 3. Seersucker. And gingham, critter shorts, bowties, madras, and linen. 4. Very, very passive aggression. Bless your heart. 5. Parties. Between the Kentucky Derby, Bonnaroo, Mardi Gras, SXSW, and Talladega, we’ve got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines