Congratulations Maury County, TN!

Create by Papa Murphys

Just a quick shout out to to the Tennessee Arts Commission grant award recipients for the fiscal year 2020:

City of Columbia, TN

Maury County Public Schools

South Central TN Development District

Watershed Public Theater

The recipients received a total of $62,460!  As an artist, I am always thrilled when arts education can be supported, especially in some of the more rural communitites.  Congrats!

VBS Set Construction

Our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming up in June, and I am the team lead this year for construction of the set.  Here are a few photos of some of the props we have made so far for the theme, ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’:

Anchors and chains
4′ high anchors made of Styrofoam with chains made of foam pipe insulation
Assembled oar paddle
Close up of an oar paddle created out of Styrofoam and shaped with a hot knife
Liferings ours vs storebought
Our life ring vs. a store bought one:  ours is on the left, and is a Styrofoam disc wrapped in white tape, then red tape and yellow rope
More life rings
Lynley with finished oar
Lynley, one of our wonderful team members with a finished 7′ oar.  The paddle is attached to a wooden tree stake with spray foam, then wrapped with rope for a finished look

I will post more photos as we get things done, and I hope you have a blessed day!

It’s Here Again!

Yes, it is here again, tax time that is.  Here in the United States, most everyone is required by law to file a federal income tax return for the previous year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which must be postmarked by midnight, April 15 every year.  You may also be responsible for State Income Tax as well, and this varies from state to state.  Yes, I said most, as there are some exemptions, and you can take a survey on the IRS website by clicking on the link here.

This always leads to long lines at the post offices as people have put off filing, and again, it needs to be postmarked by midnight, April 15.  However, this year the filing date has been extended to midnight April 18 so you have a couple of extra days! has a table of filing dates which you can view by clicking here.  For more in depth information on State Income Tax, you will need to visit the website of your state’s government offices or contact an Income Tax specialist in your area.  Art, taxes

Art and learning

Just arrived home from giving a talk to a few sixth and seventh graders about my art and the pastel/charcoal mediums.  Miss Emily’s class was a group of super kids, and they are all budding young artists, and very talented I might add. 

It is always good to see fresh young minds taking in a new idea or concept.  Their questions often spark more creativity and questions from those of us that are seasoned or have some experience.  It is a good thing for everyone.

I was impressed with the art program at Freedom Intermediate.  The students get to work with mediums such as clay, paints, origami, scratchboard, just to name a few.  I spoke with Miss Emily about how many schools do not get much funding for art.  She understands how fortunate they are in this aspect.  Art is an integral part of learning.  It is a release from the monotonous memorization and researching.  I look back on my school years and the ones that I had an art class in the mix were much better years academically and emotionally for me than those without it. 

Times are tight right now, and we definitely don’t need anymore taxes, period.  However, if you are able to help a school with money for art supplies, it would benefit many students.  Probably 99% of the students won’t ever become artists, but they gain an appreciation for the work that someone else put into creating something.   It is also an exposure to culture and history, and maybe even a hobby they can share with their children. 

Best of luck to the art students in Miss Emily’s class!  I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my art with you, and I hope you all excel in whatever you choose to do!