About two years ago two local artists put their creative caps on and came up with the idea of doing a collaborative painting of different venues, events and interests in Lincoln County. Finally, after much deliberation they began the painting, working many hours on the new work of art.
Both artists have extensive art experience.
Martha Brown studied watercolor painting at Pensacola Jr. College and completed an art course by mail. She owned and operated a picture framing and craft supply business in Southern Mississippi where she taught painting and many other craft mediums. Martha sold many commissioned painting while living in Mississippi. She has won many blue ribbons at Lincoln County Fair.
Her favorite thing is to go out on a photo shoot and capture a scene, then turn it into a painting, sometimes combining several photos into one painting.
Along with Rebecca Jones, she designed and painted the quilt square design that hangs on the front of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Art Center building. This project was done to make the Art Center an official member of the Appalachian Quilt Trail Association. She has designed an original “Fayetteville” painting which is on display at the Art Center, including limited edition prints available for sale.
Janet Lindsay is a life-long resident of Lincoln County. She and husband, Bob, raised their two daughters, Lissa Burton-Wingo and Robin Kimbrough, on their farm in the Coldwater community. While the girls were young, Janet completed art study with Art Instruction Inc.
From 1962-1982, she did freelance fashion art for Serbin of Miami. She also owned and operated “Janet’s Flowers” where she used her artistic talent to create floral designs.
Janet served as Lincoln County Trustee from January of 1984 through September of 2002. After retirement from public office, she pursued her art career, studying under Dorothy Montgomery in Huntsville, Ala., and Michael Shane Neal in Franklin.
A member of the Portrait Society of America, Huntsville Art League and Tennessee Art League, she has shown her work at Lincoln County Art League, Dragonfly Gallery, Carnegie Institute in Decatur, Ala., Tennessee Art League, and several venues in Huntsville. Along with many blue ribbons at the Lincoln County Fair, she has won the Ford Scott Award five times.
The “Lincoln County” painting will be unveiled at Fayetteville Antique Mall, during the Host of Christmas Past. Janet and Martha will be on hand to sign the limited edition numbered prints on Friday and Saturday. Prints will also be available at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Art League Building and at Janet’s Studio at 116 West Market St. next to Cahoots Restaurant in USA Lending building.)
A large portion of the sale of Lincoln County prints will be donated to the “Jon Kimbrough Kidney Transplant Fund”.