Jon Buffington October 8th-28th
I am a photographer based out of Manchester, TN. I have been maintaining a personal photography business since 2007 with focus in a variety of areas. Primary focus is on fine art landscapes, weddings, portraiture and events however am not limited to just this and conduct product shots as well. I have fine art hanging in vacation and primary residences across TN and the southeast, a large mural (over 7 feet in width) hanging in a high rise office building in Dallas Texas, have had my images on album and DVD releases, used for book cover art, antique product shots featured in books and for display at auctions, and have shown in area galleries and stores throughout middle TN on and off for 10 years.
My background in the arts was as a culinary artist for 14 years in various capacities as a Chef de Cuisine, at area Bed and Breakfast as well as maintaining a catering business. I also have a background as a remote recording engineer and have credits to major label artists. When not out pursuing photographic pursuits, I spend my weekdays working in behavioral health as a therapist and director of a local program here in Manchester. I have a masters in social work from MTSU and am licensed in TN as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Level II (LADAC II), Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and am a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor Level II (NCAC II).
I reside in Manchester with my wife, 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am a native of Birmingham, Alabama but moved to Manchester from Monteagle in 2008 when I purchased a home. My wife and I enjoy hiking in the area state parks; travelling and visiting our National Parks where I pursue my fine art landscape work extensively.
Arey Jean Barton & Joe D. Lendley September 10- 30
Opening reception is Sunday, September 10 from 2pm to 5pm.
Pastels and oils
Arey Jean Barton of Tullahoma knows what it’s like to ‘walk in the valley of the shadow of death.” She has experienced first-hand the trauma of losing her ability to speak – to read and to write. She was called the “miracle lady” by doctors in Nashville; Arey Jean survived a stroke during surgery to remove a non-malignant brain tumor May 8, 1996. A co-worker at Wildon Sporting Goods introduced her to painting when she was 34 year old. In 1974 she took art lessons at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center and painted a portrait of her daughter, April and one of her husband, Thomas. After her surgery and stoke she was reading from the Bible “Isaiah 40th chapter, 31st verse, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk; and not faint”. She stated she needed to paint an eagle, so she did. Arey Jean has been a long time member of the Tullahoma Art Center and with “Art therapy” she was on a slow road of recovery. Arey Jean reads her Bible and paints every day, “it stills my heart.”. She was born and raised in Tullahoma and is the daughter of the late Frazier McEwen who was Chief of Tullahoma Police Department and later Sheriff of Coffee County.
Joe D. Lendley biography
I started painting when I was about 35. I started painting homes, places, barns and churches. I then saw a pair of mules in Viola at Mule Day and have painted a lot of mules since that time. I like painting animals and pets. Any time I see something I like I take a photo of it and use it for future paintings. I always have a canvas with a painting in progress at all times. Since I am retired and have plenty of time, I found myself spending more and more time in my studio.
Community Artist Exhibit
The space was shared with Soozie Lowry, Mary Reeves, Wesley Smith, Melissa Thompson, Trenton Turner, Marie Kelly, Tammy O’Connor, Jacob Parnham, John Hough, and Joseph Schoof; amazingly talented in media from metal sculpture to glass blowing, as well as other painters.
Franklin County Art Guild
July 8 – July 29
American Watercolor Society
March 10-April 17