Breaking Ground 100 Arts - Fine Arts Selections
“Dancers” by Laura Hudson. Artist bio: Laura Hudson of Nashville uses vivid colors and markers and fills lush, natural settings with beautiful flowers, colorful birds, and a variety of large and small creatures. She said, “Art helps me calm down and have fun.”
“2 Nuzzling Horses in Iceland” by Houston Vandergriff. Photographer Houston Vandergriff has Down syndrome and lives in Powell, Tennessee, but is a globetrotter who has traveled to 47 states and 22 countries. He loves to share his unique way of seeing the world through his gift of photography.
“Wild Blue Yonder” by Christy Earheart. Painter Christy Earheart, LMSW is a Quality Assurance Analyst with Greater Nashville Regional Council, a People to People Interviewer with The Arc Tennessee, and a Partners in Policymaking® graduate. She said, “Art is a means to re-energize after stress. This and growing plants are important hobbies I enjoy sharing with others.”
“Steven at St. George Island” by Jeff Harden. Jeff Harden lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is the father of an adult son with a disability. In Jeff’s words, “I love to take photos of all the places we go, to have a picture to go along with the memory.”
“Watercolor Faces” by John L. Butts, Jr. John L. Butts, Jr. lives in Clarksville and attends the Centerstone Peer Support Center. He said, “Making art relaxes me and I feel calm.” John likes to draw faces of people of various cultures.
“Life,” by Erika Jensen. Erika Jensen is from Manchester and is a member of the Centerstone Peer Support Center in Tullahoma. Her picture, “Life,” is an acrylic pour painting; each color was mixed with a small amount of glue and water, then several colors are poured without mixing into a cup. The cup is allowed to flow over the canvas, then left alone to dry.
“Joyous Explosion,” by Debbie Hanson. Debbie Hanson of Flintville enjoys trying new materials and techniques as she creates her artwork. Debbie helped set up an ongoing Healing Arts Project, Inc. art exhibit, which features art created by people in mental health and addiction recovery.
“Untitled,” by Joey McNinch. Photographer Joey McNinch, age 14, has had several photographs published in “Breaking Ground.” Joey has autism and lives in Mount Juliet.
“What Tom Saw, Peeking,” by Kathy Tupper. Multi-talented artist Kathy Tupper has more than 50 years’ experience in graphic design, illustration, and writing. She is also a watercolor design and techniques instructor.
“Winter Beets,” by Nancy Olson. Nancy Olson lives in Murfreesboro and likes to paint watercolors with her art class at Our Place Peer Center. She said, “Creating art distracts my worries and I feel productive.” She reflects the time of harvest in rural farms with her painting, Winter Beets.
“Marshlands,” by Barbara Shirley. Barbara Shirley of Madison incorporates a variety of mediums including ink, charcoal, acrylics, and oils, and is continually seeking new combinations of materials to create her art, which often expresses her love of nature.
“Giraffes,” by LeeAnn Wilson. Artist Leann Wilson lives in Clarksville. She said, “I love to paint. It brings me peace of mind.”
“Expression,” by Augie Collier. Augie Collier has a gift for drawing out the personal strength of the subjects in his art. Augie works in various mediums, including acrylics, oils, charcoal, and oil pastel, and used oil pastels for Expression.
“Dove of Peace,” pottery by Louise McKown. Louise McKown is a potter who has a rare progressive neurological condition. She worked for 20 years at the East TN Technology Access Center, and is a Partners in Policymaking® graduate. She takes pottery classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center.
“Golden Garden,” by Derrick Freeman. Derrick Freeman is a self-taught artist with autism. He has exhibited his artwork throughout Tennessee, including the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion, Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Tennessee Disability MegaConference, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Derrick has been the recipient of several awards for his community advocacy work, including The Arc Mid-South’s Outstanding Artist and Performer Award and the Future Horizons Inc.’s Dr. Temple Grandin Award for Outstanding Success.
“Sisters drawing,” by Caroline Mattheis. Caroline Mattheiss is an 8th grader in Chattanooga. This is Caroline’s picture of herself and her older sister, Emily, who love to spend time outdoors together.
"Trippy-Hippy" by Mitchell Wiseman. Mitchell Wiseman lives in Shelbyville, where he attends the Centerstone Peer Support Center. Mitchell expresses himself with his personal and unique abstracts. He said having others appreciate his work means the world to him.