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A sculpture by Randal Martin, an acclaimed wood carver, was presented recently as a gift to The Nashville Symphony.
Martin is the son-in-law of Rosemary Starnes of Tullahoma and the late Dr. Bill Starnes, long-time minister of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma.
He is married to Zan Martin, the Starneses’ daughter. The Martins live in Whites Creek.
The commissioned carving is of the Red Phase Screech Owl, which thrives in the 136 acres surrounding The Woods at Fontanel, an outdoor music venue in the Whites Creek area with a capacity for 4,500 guests.
Prior to The Nashville Symphony’s June 16 concert in the Fontanel Amphitheater starring Idina Menzel, Fontanel’s co-owner Marc Oswald presented the carving to Jim Mancuso, the symphony’s vice president of artistic administration.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to Whites Creek and the stage of the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel,” Oswald said.
“Only a true visionary like you Marc, could have dreamed up such a perfect gift as we stand here and exchange art for art. This beautifully carved owl will be displayed in a prominent place among our halls,” Mancuso said.