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Harpeth Hall’s Green Show Reception: Great event, great turnout, great Art!

This painting was made with paints created by extracts of blueberries, walnuts, saffron and etc.
This painting was made with paints created by extracts of blueberries, walnuts, saffron and etc.

From 3 to 5 p.m. yesterday Harpeth Hall, the elite all-girls prepatory school in Nashville that’s turned out famous alum Amy Grant, Reese Witherspoon and others, hosted an artist reception for its annual fundraising art show, this year designed around all things “Green.”

In previous posts, you can read about my experimentation in coming up with all-natural home-brewed paints which I used like watercolors in my submission “A Walk in the Park.”  Artist Kelly Roe took the green theme completely to heart with her Best in Show works “React, Reuse, Renew” which were made from lint!

I was thrilled that several of my fellow painting friends came out and through my mentor and longtime Nashville artist / lifetime Tennessee Art League member Barbara Rembert, I met several other TAL members too, many who had works in the show.

Speaking of works in the show, here’re my fellow artists that exhibited.  Congrats all and know I’m honored to be among your ranks!

Denise Hawkins, Pam Haile, Janet Kozachek, Judy Klich, Lilo Regen, Cynthia Crook, Susan Simons, Samuel Fee, Thalia Kahl, Noriko Register, John Nordell, Shirley Fachilla, Pat Snyder, Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonnas, Beth Seiters, Gary Young, Beverly Ford Evans, Mike Martino, Anne Labovitz, Arunima Orr, Christine Eagon, Elizabeth Brandon, Nancy Bradford, Kathleen Sparkman, Brenda Morley and Rita Maggart.

Finally, I’m adding one whimsical image below with a brief explanation.  Hubby’s from England and included with a Christmas parcel his kids sent us this year were these wind up “Racing Royals.”  The pair have developed a loyal following on David’s facebook, so of course, they had to join us for the show.  And since we got there early enough, noone was the wiser when we snapped this shot of them enjoying the Moesse work of art!

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My husband thinks I’m a witch! LOL


OK, to be fair, he’s not entirely off base.

I mean, on the front door, we have this smartass window sticker we bought when in Glastonbury (UK) this past fall that’s a spin on the Neighborhood Watch signs that every good whitebread neighborhood posts.  Ours reads “Neighborhood Witch.”

Then, there’s the pot of pampas grass boiling in the big corn pot on the stove.  You can’t smell it, but there’s a definite scent of Fels Naptha Brown Soap wafting in the air.

And finally, there’s these glass jars of liquid on the dining room table, shown above.  To the uninitiated, they COULD resemble witches tinctures and such. If you look closer, though, and are familiar with the color chart below, you’ll figure out that they are artists paints.  Mine though are non-toxic, environmentally pure as the driven snow, and all natural.  Really.

You see, I’m entering a juried art show this coming weekend where the emphasis is on “green” – the movement not the color.  So… I figured what better way to “represent” than to create works using all-green materials, right?  And as you can see from the chart, I do have an array of colors to work with, though, ironically, there’s a dearth of green in these…

Oh, and the pampas grass boiling on the stove?  It’s for the paper to paint on, silly!