Feature Articles

April Issue 2000

Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC, Hosts an Exhibit of Works of the Scottish Highlands

Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC, is hosting an exhibit of works of the Scottish Highlands from Ashland, KY artists Bettye Parsons and Deborah Campbell Salmon during the month of Apr.

Parsons began painting in 1968 while living in Miami, FL. She began by studying oil painting with artist Jim Harris of Perrine, FL, sometimes as his only student. Parsons returned to Ashland in 1973 and continued her studies in local gallery and museum workshops under the tutelage of various artists. She enrolled in off-campus classes at Morehead State University to study watercolor with Doug Adams and drawing with Dr. Bill Booth. Additionally, she studied with William Gerhold and Henryk Fantazos.

"I enjoy painting," said Parsons. "I feel my ability to paint is ultimately a gift from God, and I am grateful for this. I paint my impressions of things I have seen or experienced and places I have traveled. Most remembered are sketching while in the Scottish Highlands and painting while traveling by train from London to Edinburgh."

Parsons has been a member of the Kentucky Creative Arts Club since 1974, serving as president in 1979. She is a member of the Tri-State Arts Association in Huntington, WV and has served on the organization's board of directors. She has also served as a member of the board of the Ashland Area Art Gallery. Parsons has won numerous awards for her work and has exhibited in various regional exhibits.

Deborah Salmon is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and holds both an AB and MA in Art Education. She received the Rank I Degree in Art Education from Morehead State University. She has taught art in public schools in various locations across the country and currently teaches grades 9-12 at Paul Blazer High School in Ashland and is an adjunct art professor at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, KY. Her works have been exhibited in various local exhibits in the Ashland area.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or contact Hal Bryant at 704/484-4023.

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