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Part VI -- Reminiscing Anecdotally

"The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead."
-- Clarence Shepard Day, Jr., once-reknowned author, poet, artist, and outspoken supporter of women's rights

"My love for you is like the ocean: vast, volatile, and potentially deadly."
-- male cartoon character to his woman friend on a valentine card he's made for her

"The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so."
-- Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator who presented what were then considered radical views on religion, slavery and women's suffrage

"For you shall go out in joy/ and be led back in peace./ the mountains and hills before you/ shall burst into song./ and all the trees of the field shall/ clap their hands."
-- Isaiah 55:12

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
-- Deepak Chopra, medical doctor, author and speaker, pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and named by Time magazine among the "Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century" in 1999, "the poet prophet of alternative medicine"

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I, A Woman

Prelude (Abbreviated Synopsis of the Synopsis of Technology and Me) -- Strophe -- Growing Up Rich (To The Manner/Manor Born) -- Manhattan! -- Music and Hippiedom -- Settling Down and Yuppiedom -- Technology and Careerism -- Wilderness Basics (Beasts and Heathens Part 1) -- Art and the Internet (Beasts and Heathens Part 2) -- Epic Coitus Interruptus -- Town/Community Life -- Frivolities -- Beasts and Heathens (Finale) -- Recoveries -- Reprise -- Joie Plaisir Eibr -- NOW (New Original Word)

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PEARL: Fine Art Memorabilia, Intangibles and Calling Cards

"Located in Jonesborough, the foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit public corporation in the State of Tennessee. The Foundation seeks to foster support for and appreciation of the visual arts in the region. The mission of the Foundation is to provide the communities of East Tennessee and the surrounding region with access to multi-media fine art by recognized artists, to foster art education, art appreciation and community outreach. The Foundation is accepting financial and volunteer contributions to support its mission and programs."

___ In re-establishing public dedication to healthy futures for Historic Jonesborough Tennessee and Mountain Empire Arts and by recently corrected Living Will, JFAF is legatee to one-third of ACR, Inc.-owned and privately-held assets under the responsible supervision of awarely-experienced local co-administrator/legatees.

JFAF Facebook Profile Pix, click for Village Directory chronicling the history of our Main Street Jonesborough Fine Arts Gallery from the early labors of its image-architect, retired management consultant and artist/professor Pete Paulin, and its globe-trotting co-director, retired Army Colonel Robert Tregaskis, and their actively supportive spouses, in converting an antique mart into 3-4 'state-of-the-art' showrooms, gift shop and two working studios, recruiting up to 30 crafter-artists in many media to exhibit there and in several town arts events, and creating an arts outreach demo/speakers' programme. All with design and implementation a prominent town citizen terms "brilliant" -- but flawed by our embroiling socio-economic crises, along with Boxcar Betty's eco-shop and a few outstandingly memorable restaurants like The Daily Bread opened also with much flair and promise. Meanwhile, our business-savvy Franklinite mayor assembled a successful rescue package for the International Storytelling Center. And Town management has proceeded healthily toward completion of the Booker T. Washington School Arts Center restorative retrofit and the new Senior Center projects.

___ Pete Paulin responded to my initial project enthusiasm, practical outreach suggestions and informational activities by asking me to become actively official Promotions Chairperson for JFAG and to create and populate its Facebook page, all of which I did gladly. Robert Tregaskis and spouse visited my residence to outline another cyber-related JFA publicity project to which I agreed but its completion was overwhelmingly undermined by functionally-disabling crimes against my person and properties by disoriented desperadoes of our socio-economy.

JFAF Inc. on Facebook as of 12/2012 (93 "likes")

"About regional arts cooperative
Mission to provide a comfortably convenient, affordable venue for regional artists and for area visitors interested in acquainting with regional fine arts explorations
Company Overview membership-driven showcase of work by talented professional area artists in multiple genres
Description art gallery with monthly public receptions; hours of operation -- Monday- Tuesday CLOSED; Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.;
General Information Contact JFAF President Pete Paulin, or JFAF Publicity Chairperson Jeannette Harris"

___ JFAG members participated by invitational media-work display and setup-and-sales presence in the popular town Fine Arts in the Park events of 2011 and 2012, Jonesborough Days Visitor Center exhibits, and a Paulin-arranged initial Gallery Open House which was enjoyably well-attended and media-covered locally.
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JFAG also hosted one of the Town's energetically-received Saturday "We Dig Jonesborough Cash Mob" community-inclusive commercial promotions.

JBO Guitarts Several Gallery members, including myself, were encouraged by impresario Steve Cook to donate artwork for the Storytelling Center's 2012 Music on the Square, of which I'm a delightedly long-time annual contributor/supporter/attendee, Fundraiser "Spring TuneUp" Cabaret and Silent Aucton. By all reports, there was an enthusiastically good turnout of supporters and JFAG artwork, and consequently a higher donation total than garnered through prior year benefit events. Nancy Kavanaugh chose a favorite of hers from amongst mine -- and secreted it from the bidding, so it wouldn't end up elsewhere (!)

___ Monique Carr designed and, with Pete Paulin, arranged for strategic display distribution colorfully glossy advertising Gallery handcards for which voting members paid a small additional assessment with our monthly $50-$60 association fee. A materials discount was arranged for members with a national art supply retailer also.

JFAF Gallery ____JFAF Inc. on its website as of 12/2012

"Jonesborough fine art is a program of the jonesborough regional fine art foundation. Jonesborough Fine Art will display and sell juried fine art by its members. Visual art from various media and genera will be accepted including (but not limited to): painting, photography, glass, ceramics, wood, and metal.
"If you are a working artist looking for a gallery to exhibit your work and wish to join a unique community, Jonesborough Fine Art invites you to submit your work for consideration. Applicants are considered and reviewed by the gallery’s distinguished jury."

JFAF Gallery Building JFAF Gallery interior "Jonesborough Fine Art gallery opened its doors in July 2011 and represents over 25 area artists. Come visit the 2400 SF gallery and view more than 250 works; oil paintings, pastels, water color paintings, photography, mosaics, designer jewelry and more! The Gallery is a co-op, giving artists an opportunity to showcase their work to the public by renting space. You will also find a nice gift shop. A class room space is also available to the artists that wish to teach."


JFAF Gallery Art
___ Two actively involved and outstanding member artists, Monique Carr and LeeAnn Petropolous, kept working gallery studios for awhile and together hostessed one lavishly interesting open house. Along with other members, they also provided tech expertise for the JFAF website. LeeAnn and I exchanged friendship gifts of her colorful triangular mosaic pendant necklace and my small rustic-framed acrylic "Patriot Missiles."

Member Artists(January 2013)

  1. Marilynn Boston Acrylic & Watercolor Painter morristownart.com pargolf@charter.net;
  2. Sandra Breeding Photographer sbreeding@lotusea.com Sandra Breeding;
  3. Mary K Brown Oil Painter kat60@comcast.net;
  4. Gary Chamber Oil Painter, Pastel doctorchambers.net;
  5. Nyela Cohoon Oil Painter nyelahandcohoon@gmail.com;
  6. Don Gotterbarn Watercolor Painter don@gotterbarn.com Don Gotterbarn Watercolor Painter;
  7. Doug Gross Photographer coldmountain.ifp3.com;
  8. Jeannette Harris Oil Painter acountryrag.org/jhmixframe.html;
  9. Richie Hayward Photographer richiehaywardphotography.zenfolio.com;
  10. Barbara Jernigan Watercolor Painter bjrnigan1030@embarqmail.com;
  11. William (Bill) Jones Original oil paintings www.wmjones.com artist@wmjones.com;
  12. Deloris Linam Botonicals delorislinam@yahoo.com;
  13. Debra Locher Jewelry designer artisansg.com;
  14. Peter Montanti Photographer mountainphotographics.com;
  15. Judy O’Hara Oil Painter eeohara@comcast.net;
  16. Pete Paulin Oil Painter jrfaf@yahoo.com;
  17. Rowan Rose Jewelry Designer dalrowl@yahoo.com;
  18. Amanda Smith Painter, Photographer skylark76@gmail.com;
  19. Jill Halcomb Smith Oil Painter jsmith5133@aol.com;
  20. Betty Stapleton Watercolor/Acrylic Painter bboop101@hotmail.com

___ A few JFAF exhibiting Gallery members were crossovers from other regional arts organizations, especially integrally nearby and well-established Watauga Arts League, Nelson Fine Arts Cafe Gallery & Shoppe, and ETSU's Slocumb Galleries.

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"Home -- that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven."
-- Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), abolishionist, activitist, novelist, journalist, and poet who wrote extensively on justice issues for Native Americans, African Americans, and women

"Our life is frittered away by detail.... Simplify, simplify."
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), writer, dissenter, transcendentalist jailed for tax-resistance to the Mexican-American War and author of Civil Disobedience, arguing that conscience should be one's ultimate guiding light and influencing Gandhi and King

Meditations/prayers from Silent Unity's 2008 On Sacred Ground calendar:
"I am always in the presence of God, the presence of peace."
"The abundance of God is everywhere present and flows to me in fulfilling ways."
"I have instant access to the mind of God, and I am divinely directed in all I do."
"I am safe and secure in the presence of God."
"Through the life of God within, I am strengthened and renewed."
"With the love of God in my heart, I radiate peace to the world."

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