February 2017 Around Town 1

Hendersonville Arts Council Celebrates Black History Month With Two Major 
Art Exhibits In Monthaven Mansion

The Hendersonville Arts Council will celebrate and observe Black History Month with two major visual art exhibits, threaded together through the theme and title “Humane Society: A View From Our Lenses.”  The five parlors of Monthaven Mansion will house 2D and 3D fine art from Hendersonville resident and legendary visual artist Ted Jones, as well as, curated photography works from various Middle Tennessee-based artists, January 21 – March 2, 2017.  Artists will be present at the free opening reception 3 p.m – 6 p.m. January 28, hosted by the Hendersonville Arts Council, 1017 Antebellum Cir, Hendersonville. Tenn. There will also be performances at the reception by Stella Reed-Patterson and Henry L. Jones. The exhibit is an annual collaboration between Wilkinson Arts and the Hendersonville Arts Council.

“Our partnership with Wilkinson Arts is a great opportunity for the community to absorb a once-of-a-lifetime cultural experience, with a positive theme, and we are ecstatic to display the fine art works of legendary hometown resident, Ted Jones,” says Arts Council executive director Dan Tidcomb.

Ted Jones has been a Middle Tennessee resident since the 70’s, and he was born in New Orleans. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Xavier, and he went on to acquire his graduate degrees in art from Michigan State University.  After college, while always creating, he also established himself as an educator and provided professional instruction at Florida A&M, Tennessee State University, and most recently, Fisk University.  His artwork can be found in national galleries, private, and corporate collections, and it is his dedication to constantly create that has made him one of the most prolific and legendary artists in Middle Tennessee.  As a man of faith, Ted Jones’s recent works have been focused on Old and New Testament subject matter, and it is his inspiration from the human experience that ties the Humane Society exhibit together.

“The theme of the exhibit relates to our view of humanity-at-large,” says Vol State professor, photographer, and curator, Carlton Wilkinson. “This may be symbolic, representational, journalistic, fantasy, or any conceptual representation based on this theme,” he concluded. Primarily, but not exclusively, people-related images, of all races and ethnicities, will be featured and most of the art will also be for sale.

The Hendersonville Arts Council operates the historic Monthaven Mansion, which serves as a haven for the arts in Hendersonville and beyond. Throughout the year, the council offers arts after school classes and Summer art and film camps for children, as well as, workshops on painting, clay making, painting, songwriting, brewing, glassblowing, film production and photography.  Art exhibits are displayed in Monthaven’s five-parlor gallery, and visiting hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The venue is also available to rent for tea parties, receptions, showers, corporate team-building classes and private parties of all kinds.

For more information, visit HendersonvilleArts.org or call 615.822.0789.

Vol State Scholarship Honors Elvis 
Band Members

Country music singer Ronnie McDowell has established a student scholarship at Volunteer State Community College and it’s named for two musicians who backed-up the King. The scholarship honors Scotty Moore, who was best known for his work as Elvis Presley’s guitar player in the early years, and also for drummer D.J. Fontana who kept the beat for Presley for 14 years. McDowell said he considers both men to be mentors and friends. McDowell’s career took-off in 1977 with a posthumous tribute to Presley called “The King is Gone.” The song has since sold more than five million copies. McDowell says he will use proceeds from an annual concert in Red Boiling Springs to fund the scholarship. It will be available to a Vol State music student, preferably a student who plays guitar.