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Listen to Your Art

by Zach Claxton

Meadow Walk by Jon Houglum

The 2019 season of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers kicks off this month with its first meeting on April 29 at The Bascom. A wine social begins at 4:30 P.M., followed by the meeting at 5:00.

The Art League is pleased to announce that Franklin artist Jon Houglum will be the guest speaker. Mr. Houglum is a native of Northern Minnesota, and he received a B.S. degree in Art Education from Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He studied privately for four years in Martinsville, Indiana, under Dutch Master Antonius Raemaekers. During those four years, Houglum also took two years of portraits and figures at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In August 1980, he established Houglum Fine Art Studio & Gallery in Safety Harbor, Florida, where he taught private art lessons. From 1985 to June 1996 Houglum taught art in the public school system of Pinellas County, Florida. He and his wife moved to Franklin in June of 1996 and established the Houglum Fine Art Studio & Gallery, located at the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center in Franklin. He is currently accepting new students, and interested parties may contact him at houglumfineart2@frontier.com.

Houglum’s subject matter is varied and includes landscapes, waterscapes, architectural paintings, animal renderings, paintings of farms, as well as those of the beach and Low Country. He is also a skilled portrait painter.

“My goal in painting is to communicate the beauty of God’s creation through the elements and principles of a fine oil painting,” he says. “Painting in the traditions of the Old Masters is a never-ending quest for me, and I thoroughly enjoy the thrills and the interesting people I meet along the way. My art students and I constantly challenge each other to paint new and exciting subjects.”

His style is representational, and his talk will include a demonstration of how to paint realistic trees. Please plan to attend this exciting and informative presentation.

Visit artleaguehighlands-cashiers.com for more information about the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers.

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