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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 practicing artist and lecturer/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.

"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.

Co-Director 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 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

ACR, Glory Train ___A few JFAF exhibiting Gallery members were crossovers from other regional arts organizations, especially integrally nearby and well-established Watauga Arts League, Johnson City's Nelson Fine Arts Cafe Gallery & Shoppe, Morristown's Rose Council for the Arts, and ETSU's Slocumb Galleries.

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