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Lynne Mayer


Lynne A. Mayer

Cell: 423-802-5861

Lynne Mayer has been painting since the age of 5. She says, “Painting is fun, stress releasing, and taps into our creative mind. For me, creativity is the very essence of God and truly let’s me feel Love. I have great passion for art and enjoy guiding others into finding their creative side through the joy of painting.”

Lynne brought her talents to Tennessee in 1993, where she has taught numerous classes and workshops in oil painting, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and encaustics. She currently teaches basic art classes and encaustics in her private studios at her home in Whitwell, Tennessee. (Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, is an ancient technique which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.)

Lynne believes in continuous learning when it comes to her art. She has learned techniques in various mediums from some of the Tennessee Valley’s most well-known artists: Acrylics with Sandra Painter Washburn, pastels with Paula Ford, acrylic collage with Ann Bagby, and watercolor with world-renowned watercolorist, Cheng-Khee Chee. She has also studied plein air oils at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA, with Hilda Neily, encaustics on Amelia Island and in Rochester NY with Linda Robertson, oil landscape and still life with Christopher Groves, and transparent oils with Dreama Tolle Perry in Fraysinnet, France. Among her fondest memories is painting plein air in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.

Lynne is a member of Mountain Art Guild, Inc. on Signal Mountain, Tennessee Watercolor Society and Civic Arts League of Chattanooga.


Dorothy Powell



Dorothy Powell is an oil painter whose studio is in Rocky Face, Georgia.  She is a native of NW Florida.  She received a masters degree in Education and taught art as well as other subjects.

Her passion for painting comes from the inspiration she receives from her love of nature in all forms.


Tiffany Nation

Tiffany Nation

8211 Oxford Drive

Hixson, TN 37343

Cell: 423-653-1296




Tiffany Nation is a self-taught artist. She works in multiple mediums. To date, she has worked with pen & ink, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, and most recently encaustics. Tiffany often incorporates print material that conveys a message or attempts to evoke emotion in the viewer that allows for discussion of painting or drawing.

Tiffany was picked to showcase her encaustic piece “God’s Expanse” in the AVA Gallery Chattanooga for the Fresh Emerging Artists Exhibit.

Julie Sawyer


Julie Sawyer

148 Martin Ward Road

Tunnel Hil, GA 30755

Cell: 727-359-3270







Julie Sawyer started painting from Jr. High school, entering the Scholastic Art Award shows.  She was inspired by many art teachers, before attending Ohio University, Athens, Ohio for  Fine Arts, as a Studio Art major, focusing on Painting and Fiber Arts.  She’s only attended a couple Art Workshops over the later years and has only shown once before.  She usually just paints f own joy, not selling her work.  She paints mostly in watercolor, but has painted with many other mediums, and also does photography, quilting, creative sewing, crochet, other needlework, jewelry, and has done some graphic art design.

Julie is originally from Ohio, After she married, she and her husband from Florida was in the Navy, they were stationed in California for 6 years.  After he got out of the service, they moved back to Florida, where family was. They always wanted to live in the mountains, so after family was gone, they were able to fulfill their dream and found their dream home here in Georgia.   Julie worked on and off part-time. And also volunteered at various nature parks and a zoo as a naturalist.

Kathryn L. Grier - photo

Kathryn L. Grier


703 Mystic Trail #201

Chattanooga, TN  37415




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

Cindy McCashin photo

Cindy McCashin


6117 Shadyway Lane

Chattanooga, TN  37416



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


5309 Village Garden Drive
Ooltewah, TN 37363

(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!