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Kathryn L. Grier

Illustrator/Artist

703 Mystic Trail #201

Chattanooga, TN  37415

kathrynlgrier_illustrator@outlook.com

423-902-5227

 

 

I was born in Austin, TX, and grew up in Americus, GA.  I always knew that I wanted to be an illustrator, as I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon.  I’ve been reading since I taught myself at age 4.   At 8 years old, I illustrated my first story.  It was written by my mom, who was taking a writing class.

I continued to illustrate the materials for the Summer Reading Club for Georgia Public Libraries in 1996 and 1997.  I illustrated the masthead for the Early County News in the early 90’s, for Color My World, a coloring book company in Dothan, AL, Advent Season Devotional Books for First Presbyterian Church in Thomaston, GA, and Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, AL.

I illustrated two Sunday school kids’ curriculum books by Delores A. Hill, Can It Be The Kingdom, and Can It Be The Kingdom Activity Book.  I also illustrated a geography book, Alphaography, by Christopher W. R. Thurman.

I started college at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, GA, and studied a year at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.  I graduated in 1994 with a BFA in Illustration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where I studied under children’s book illustrator, Alan Tiegreen. (He illustrated Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books and the Pee Wee Scouts Books by Judy Delton, among others).

I have had solo exhibits at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL, Troy State University in Troy, AL, and at the Southeastern Arts Council in Thomaston, GA.  I have had work on display at Piney Woods Art Festival in Enterprise, AL, in the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH, and at Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga, TN.

When my oldest nephew was born in 2000, I began writing and illustrating (for sale) letters from Santa Claus.  I am currently working on this years’ letters.  I moved to Chattanooga to be near my youngest sister and my niece and nephew.

To see Kathryn’s current artwork!

Cindy McCashin

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Cindy McCashin

 Artist

6117 Shadyway Lane

Chattanooga, TN  37416

cindymccashin@gmail.com

423-653-5257

 

Cindy has been a member of the Civic Arts League since Spring of 2016. After enjoying a career path with many twists and turns … working in television production & marketing with WRCB-TV, public television fund raising with WTCI, and most recently as a Realtor … Cindy discovered her ability as an artist and her love of painting about the time she retired from the corporate world. She says she’s always learning and experimenting, and that her style is evolving with each new work.

The daughter of a United States Air Force pilot, Cindy spent portions of her childhood in Europe and Japan. These early influences can be seen in several of her paintings. Cindy attended Middle Tennessee State University as a Music Education major, later transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Music Education.

Cindy’s decision to study music throughout her academic years, rather than art, came as a result of discouraging remarks from a well-intentioned elementary school art teacher. Cindy jokes that this is probably the reason she never even attempted to try any “visual medium” until much later in life. Lesson learned:  It’s never too late to try something new!

Cindy’s other activities include playing the clarinet in the Mid-South Symphonic Band, a Chattanooga/North Georgia community concert band made up of amateur musicians of all ages from all walks of life.

Peggy Jennings

peggy jenningss

Artist

5309 Village Garden Drive
Ooltewah, TN 37363

jenart@comcast.net

(423)238-9042 (home), (423)432-0812 (cell)

 

Peggy attended Columbia Union College in Washington D.C. and Glassboro State College in NJ. She then taught school for about 5 years. Art was included in the studies.

After raising her family, she attended Cleveland State in TN, graduating as a RN. She also took some classes at Southern Adventist University in nursing. She studied oil painting from a retired Southern professor, Ruth Zoerb. She has taken various workshops in the TN area and has taught beginning oil in the Bob Ross method. She is a former president of the Civic Arts League. Her paintings may be found in many homes throughout the U.S.

Peggy enjoys impressionistic representations in art and likes her work to look “painterly.” She says that art is more than painting a pretty picture. Art is sharing that special moment in time, capturing that unusual “thing” the way the artist sees it, and sharing this glimpse with the world. Each artist sees through different eyes and perceives a scene with different color, perspective, and emotion. Sharing this gift with others gives them a piece of himself/herself.

Peggy is part of the “Passages” Exhibit at Michael’s Fine Arts & Framing in Dalton, GA for the month of October.  She is a member of the Mixed Media Inspired Artists.

Peggy’s current artwork!

Raul “Rudy” Ramirez

Rudy Ramirez

Artist

3429 Corral Drive
Marietta, GA 30066

Raul31@comcast.net

(770)971-9773 & (770)402-8527

 

 

Born in Texas and raised in Ohio, I first became interested in modern art while in high school and began experimenting in metal sculpture and abstract painting. I won a few local art competitions before proudly serving in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam.

My work career has taken me from designing window displays for Alexander’s department store in New York City, to welding in Buffalo, to various construction jobs, and portrait sketching on the beaches in south Florida. I have created murals and welded pieces for restaurants in Georgia and other southern states.

Along the way, as I moved from area to area, my art work has been exhibited at the Allentown Art Festival and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, as well as at galleries and bookstores in the Atlanta area. I was chosen to design and build a sculpture for the Atlanta Community Art Center.

After a hiatus from actively creating, I am again getting the “itch” to start stretching the canvas and applying the paint.

Rudy’s current artwork!

 

Sharon Clem

sharon-clem

Sharon Clem

Artist

2911 Ozark Road

Chattanooga, TN  37415

 sharoncl50@yahoo.com

(423)266-6276

 

Though she resides in Chattanooga, she grew up in Mobile, AL, where she was surrounded by water wherever she went – the Gulf of Mexico, the Mobile River, the Bay, Swamps, bayous, and marshes. Her naturalistic oil paintings reflect her love of water and beautifully colored skies.  She prefers bright, bold nature scenes, striking dramatic contrasts, and an abundance of color and light.

She received her B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and her M.S. in Counseling from the University of South Alabama. She began painting in 2006, and she is partially self-taught and partially other-taught. Her favorite artistic styles are French Impressionism with Monet and American Impressionism.

 She paints because it is such a joy to be creative and to produce something of beauty.  It feels exhilarating, reduces stress and keeps her sane.  She said she sees God’s hand everywhere in nature and makes a meager attempt to copy it.

 She is a member of the Civic Arts League, and has had shows in the Chattanooga Area. 

Sharon’s current artwork!

Sherry Hullender

sherry hundler

Artist

592 Nellie Head Road

Tunnel Hill, GA 30755

Website: sherryhullender.com

Email: sherryh592@charter.net

(423)991-7533

My background in art includes workshops from Sandra Babb, Armand, Cabrera, Janice Hines, and online instructions from Paul DeMarrais and Deborah Paris.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, and a Bachelor in Management. I’m currently working as an accountant at Ringgold Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

I enjoy studying on my own and experimenting with ‘en plein air’ painting. Generally, I am attracted to landscapes. I also enjoy working in studio with my artist friends, as we learn from each other.  My new works are at Fort Oglethorpe. I also have some work at Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove in Ooltewah.

I have been a member of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga since 2007, and the North Georgia Art Alliance since 2008, Society of Sky Painters since 2010, and an ‘en plein air’ group called, “The Outdoor Girls” since 2010.

Sherry’s current artwork!

Tammie Shirley

Tammie Shirley

Artist

168 Old Dixie Highway

Tunnel Hill, GA  30755

celesteshirley@gmail.com

(423)718-6182

I started my art career as a child with a good friend and neighbor, Audrey Cobble. Every Saturday morning, I would go to Audrey’s house, and we would spend all day painting and watching old movies.  In the eighth grade, I took a “careers” class and visited an art and framing store.  That visit sparked an interest in custom framing and art restoration.

In high school, I studied under Dr. Larry Bunch. I took any and all forms of art from photography to drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.  During the two years I took classes from Dr. Bunch, I wandered into the art world.

At age 18, I was offered a job working in the framing industry, and am still working in that industry today. I love art and the world around it. I even modeled for local artists to understand all aspects of drawing the human figure.

In 2010, I studied at the College of Southern Nevada.  And, at age 21, I started restoration work, and now own Scott David Restoration & Design.  I still love to paint and draw, and though I haven’t much time between work and commission jobs, I still try to squeeze in a few pieces a year.

Judy Wright

Judy Wright

Artist

126 Donna Lane
Ringgold, GA 30736

mjwright@catt.com

(706)965-9921

Judy has always had a flare for the arts, and trained in graphic arts in high school. When her children were young, she explored and taught them an appreciation for art. She assisted in classrooms developing art projects for her children’s teachers. She studied art at Francis Marion College in South Carolina, and graduated Suma Cum Laude from Chattanooga State with a degree in art. She taught numerous art lessons for children in the area and has volunteered at various art camps for children and taught private lessons. She is an accomplished painter, potter, and sewist.

She studied pottery with Jeff Rogers and Stephen Jepson (video), and has shown and sold her pottery all over the Southeast. She studied watercolors from Wayne Wu, encaustics from Linda Robertson from Oregon, and currently is studying mixed media with Sandra Washburn. She has taken several classes and workshops since her formal training to expand her knowledge and technique.

She is currently a member of MAGI of Signal Mountain, Civic Arts League, Inc., and a charter member of Mixed Media Inspired Artists of Chattanooga. She has held past memberships in the American Crafts Council, AVA of Chattanooga, and the Tennessee Watercolors Society.

She has shown her works at Michael’s Fine Arts, Big Fat Art Gallery, Mae Gray Gallery, Ringgold Art and Frame Gallery, and Corner Gallery. She has shown her pottery at the New Salem Festival, the Bell Buckle Festival, and Prater’s Mill, as well as many other festivals, galleries, and gift shops. Her paintings and pottery are in private collections throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Her lifelong pursuit of various art mediums has expanded her appreciation of nature and the arts. Her travel to Europe and Asia to many of the well-known sites, as well as sites in the United States, has only further expanded her curiosity for artistic expression.

Artist Statement: “I consider visual art my primary form of creative expression. Whatever medium I choose, during the creation stage, I dialogue with the piece. The art speaks to me, telling me what I need to do to make it complete. I choose a color and the piece says, “Oh, this color would be a great compliment, and a dark color here, highlight this spot to convey excitement, maybe a few strokes here to denote movement.” The talk continues until the work is complete. Then, I am ready for the painting to continue its conversation with its viewers.

Judy is part of the Mixed Media Inspired exhibit called “Passages” at Michael’s Fine Arts in Dalton, Ga through the end of October.

Linda Meyer

Linda Meyer

Artist

60 South Brent Drive
Ringgold, GA 30736
Meyers1313@att.net & Imeyer@bbandt.com

(706)858-0578

Linda Meyer was born and raised in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. She came from a very artistic mother and cousins, and loved to draw, paint, embroider, crochet, etc., all her life.

She never really considered painting professionally, until she was living in Orlando, FL. There, she saw a Donna Dewberry segment on a local public television channel. Soon after, Linda obtained her One Stroke instructor certification. Now a resident of North Georgia, she paints on everything, from flowerpots, clothes and chairs to her most favorite canvas of all, walls.

May God bless you and keep you.

 

Estelle Skoretz

estelle skoretz

Artist

10069 Standifer Gap Road
Ooltewah, TN 37363

rudy.skoretz@yahoo.com

(423)503-7802

Estelle has been painting since 1977. The award-winning artist found she had a little extra time on her hands after her children left home for college. Painting soon became a special outlet for her, a way to relax, and it changed the way she viewed the world. “Once I started painting,” she said, “I saw so much beauty in everything.”

As the wife of a pastor, she has traveled extensively, and has viewed many expressions of art in the U.S. and Europe.

She has presented her work in various venues around north Georgia, including Statesboro, Calhoun, Macon and Dalton. Although she has painted with watercolor, she prefers oils. Oils represent all of her exhibited work.

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she taught art in private schools on and off for the past 10 years. She was educated by talented European and American painters like Yolanda Davis and Beverly Patrick. Her subject is often still life, representing rustic, natural images, mountains, seascapes and florals – from Indians and horses, to fruit and table settings.

She dedicates so much of herself to her work, and admits that she often has trouble parting with paintings when sold.