The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center presents an exhibition of works by local
Psychiatrist Dr. Dave Holmes and Mr. Jeremy Zimmerman, TFAC’s newest
teaching artist, September 7 – 28 in the Regional Art Museum at 401 South
Jackson Street. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9.00 am – 2 .00
pm. There will be an artist reception on September 7, from 6 pm – 8 pm, at
which drinks and refreshments will be served. This is an informal event to
which members and Non-members are invited. Donations and new members will be
accepted, and the artists will be available to sign their works, which will
be available for purchase.
Painting almost exclusively oil on canvas, Holmes has a highly energetic
style that blends primary colors using varying styles of strokes and cuts
with a pallet knife. His paintings are deeply three-dimensional, causing
each work to vary according to the light in which it is shown. “The colors
and light and shadows of each piece are what keep them interesting for me.
Even though I create them, every time I study a piece, I see a little
element that didn’t see before.” Holmes’ first serious exposure to art
came during his college years, when he had the opportunity to study art
history at the Stanford University campus in Vienna, Austria. “My Senior
year in college, I was required to take an art history class. That
semester, the only art history class available was the study of art from the
late 19th Century to the present. In the class room, I studied everything
from the Impressionists forward to present day modern art. Three months
later, when the class was over, I travelled for two months in Europe, seeing
the actual pieces I had studied in school. It was an amazing experience.
Before that, I didn’t really understand the thought behind modern art. Once
I understood that art did not have to be realistic or representational, it
really opened up my eyes and I fell in love with it.”
Originally, the exhibit was intended as part of a two person show of local
physicians who paint; but the other physician had to bow out. Holmes was
then paired with another local artist, Jeremy Zimmerman. Holmes welcomed
the unexpected change. “I am much happier to be viewed at this show as an
artist rather than as a doctor who paints. Honestly, when I am painting,
the fact that I went to medical school doesn’t really matter,” he said.
In direct contrast, Zimmerman’s first journey into art earned him 400 hours
of public service work. After quickly learning the difference between
vandalism and art, he went on to work as an artist at Opryland for 7 years.
This show will introduce Zimmerman and his diverse style to the community as
TFAC’s newest teaching artist. His recent Graffiti & Spray Paint Art class
was full to capacity. He is working as part of a Tennessee Arts Commission
grant through Arts Build Communities to teach free classes, once a month,
for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch or who live in Section 8
He provides for his family by running his own construction company, Superior
Woodwork, which is responsible for projects in our community such as
Citizens Tri-county Bank, The Celtic Cup, George Dickel and many more.
The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is an ADA-compliant, 501 (c) 3 organization
which was incorporated in 1968 and has been serving the Middle Tennessee
Area for the past 45 years. All corporate and individual donations are
tax-deductible. For more information about how you can support the Arts in
our community, or TFAC directly, please visit our profile at