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The Fayetteville High School volleyball locker room just got a facelift, thanks to the new FHS Capstone program, where students work under professionals in the field they want to study at college.
FHS Art Teacher Jennie Roles-Walter helped to organize and assist. Artist Kenny Campbell was the lead artist on the mural project. He kindly donated his time and expertise to show students how to create and transfer images and letters to a wall surface using paper, pencil, graphite and a pounce wheel.
He led students in this process from beginning to end, giving up much of his Saturday to “give back” as he says was done for him when he was getting started time and time again by wonderful people in the community.
The signage method Kenny introduced to the art students is the same method “old sign artists” used to create the many popular ghost signs left in the south – think our Coca-Cola sign on the side of O’Houlihans on the Fayetteville square. Ghost signs are old, hand-painted advertising signage that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. Most signage has been kept for its nostalgic appeal.
Mr. Campbell has over 30 years of experience in the field of art, focusing primarily on sign painting and car painting. During the early 80’s to late 90’s, Kenny painted, on average, 50 racecars a year for area dirt tracks. Other signs he has painted that you may recognize include the downtown scene in the train room and Elsie the Cow at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum and Civic Center. He also painted “FALCONS” in end zones at Lincoln County High School the 2004 and 2005 seasons and “THE BARN” at First Baptist Church Fayetteville Children’s Ministry.
Kenny’s first paid sign job was in 1981 on the door of Headlines Hair Salon.
Art students who assisted with this project include Elizabeth Bransford and Allie Heffington. Elizabeth plans to attend in the University of Tennessee. Allie plans to attend Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and study art, art education and possibly minor in agriculture.
FHS recently welcomed new volleyball coach Sharon Ruhlander. The new computer lab director, Ruhlander is originally from Nashville and graduated from Father Ryan High School, where she was introduced to the game of volleyball.
“I loved the game and went on to play for one year at UTC where I graduated with a degree in communications: advertising and minors in graphic design and Spanish. I soon realized I was not tall enough to be competitive on the college level and switched to the rowing team, which I also loved being a part of,” said Ruhlander.
Ruhander moved to Fayetteville almost 15 years ago and purchased Fritz’s Market & Deli. For the past eight years, she has coached a fourth, fifth and sixth grade volleyball team at St. Paul the Apostle in Tullahoma.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity Mr. Jones has given me to be a part of Fayetteville High School and coach our volleyball team,” she said of Principal Eric Jones. “We have a great group of student athletes. They have worked hard and gained a lot of skill this year. I look forward to building our program.”