Elena Cawley

At the Tullahoma Art Center, photographers (from left) Stanton Tubb, Melanie Goodin, Mary Ann Morrison and Eddie Phillips look over the work to be featured in the Community Photographers Exhibit in February.

–Staff Photos by Cameron Adams


A reception for the Local History Community Photography Exhibit at the Tullahoma Art Center (TAC) is set for 2-5 p.m. Feb. 4.

The display will be at the art center until Feb. 24. Admission is free for members of TAC, and $5 for nonmembers.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Paired Project, which introduces children to the art of sewing, while also helping children living in foster homes, according to Diane Gawrys, director of TAC.

Several local photographers will showcase photos highlighting the rich history of the area.


Lighting and time of the year make a difference

Mary Ann Morrison, of Winchester, is one of the photographers who will participate.

Photographer Mary Ann Morrison poses with her work on Wednesday.

“Photography is turning from a hobby to a job for me,” she said.

Morrison found her passion for photography through nature.

“I love hiking, camping and walking,” Morrison said. “That’s how I got interested in taking photographs of what I love.”

For the upcoming show, she’s planning to present pieces printed on different media.

“I find it interesting to see how the image actually changes depending on how you print it and what you print it on,” Morrison said. “I also have a piece which is actually on cloth and you can move it around.”

Some of her photos are printed on metal and wood, while others are encased in acrylic, she said.

“Lighting is very important when it comes to pictures,” Morrison said. “A photograph of the same place can be different depending on the time of day and time of year. The different lighting gives the picture a totally different feel.”


Capturing movement

Eddie Phillips, of Tullahoma, was first introduced to the art of capturing images by his mother, who was also a photographer.

“She bought me a camera when I was 12 years old, and I began snapping pictures everywhere and always loved it,” Phillips said.

In the 1980s, he began developing photographs of barns in black and white, he said.

“I was a dental technician for 38 years and had to quit due to health issues,” Phillips said. “I was going crazy because I couldn’t do any of the sports I loved – skydiving, racing motorcycles – so I began taking pictures of all that.”

He will present a variety of photos in the upcoming show.

“I did a mixture of photographs, from racing cars to motorcycles, skydiving and old buildings,” Phillips said.

Phillips said he tries to capture a movement.

“For example, I’ll take a picture of a moving motorcycle through the woods, and I’ll shoot one-fourteenth of a second, and there would be streaks of the leaves in different colors, and the motorcycle will be completely focused,” Phillips said.

The challenge of photography is to capture a unique angle of an object or a place, said Phillips.

He’s also a member of the Beechcraft Heritage Museum, where he’s a contributing photographer.


A different view of nature

Photographer Stanton Tubb poses with his work on Wednesday.

Stanton Tubb, who resides near Rock Island, will present photos of landscapes and waterfalls.

“Some of the pictures in the upcoming exhibit will have walnut frames, which we made,” Tubb said. “I do a lot of landscapes, waterfalls and a lot of the parks around here. I try to focus on the local area.”

Tubb said his goal is to offer an unusual view of what he captures in a photograph.


Capturing changing objects

Melanie Goodin, of Fayetteville, has always enjoyed art.

“I started doing art as a child and just enjoyed crayons and whatever I could get my hands on,” Goodin said.

In school, she enrolled in art classes and started experimenting with watercolors. But her passion for photography began in Germany.

“When I took a trip to Germany with my high school choir, I thought this might be the only time I visit this country,” Goodin said. “So I took 24 rolls of film, and I was ready to record my experience.”

Since then, capturing moments in images has been a way to brighten her days.

“Even if I don’t feel good and have a bad day, getting a good picture makes the moment better,” Goodin said.

Photography is full of surprises, she said.

“Sometimes, something happens unexpectedly right when you click the camera, and those are the payoff pictures I wait for,” Goodin said.

The art of capturing moments in an image is very rewarding, according to Goodin.

“Now, it’s easier to print photos, and you don’t need a darkroom like you did back in the day,” Goodin said. “Also, with painting, I would get frustrated because it takes so long. The ideals of photography are the same, when it comes to composition, and you can take a good picture in just a second; it’s quick and I like that.”

She focuses on taking pictures of buildings which appear to be nearing their last days.

“I have pictures of barns and of things that may disappear,” Goodin said. “Buildings, and barns, especially, may fall down or burn, and sometimes people take them for granted.


Blurring the lines

Andrew Kenworthy focuses on architectural, landscape and portrait photography. He uses the technique of high-dynamic-range (HDR), the process of taking multiple shots of the same image at different exposures and merging them together, giving a greater dynamic range to his work.

With bold colors and high contrast imagery, Kenworthy’s work visually blurs the lines between photo, painting and illustration.

Kenworthy’s recent work has been focused on the architecture and landscapes of the South and Northeast.


Focusing on texture and form

Pauline Steinbrink has been taking photographs since she was 9 years old. Her main interest is black-and-white photography because that gives her the opportunity to focus on texture and form.

She prints some of her photos in a traditional darkroom and enjoys hand tinting some of her black-and-white images to add an artistic twist.

Architecture and landscape represent a large body of her work; however, lately she’s been incorporating abstract pieces, as well.

She is currently working on an Americana series to capture the structures of the past before they disappear.

Jaclyn Parks, Norris Carden, Melinda Goodwin, Melissa Cronsnick and Charlie West will also participate in the exhibit.


Downstairs gallery

A reception for Downstairs Gallery exhibit, where Ireland native George McElligott will showcase oil paintings, is also set for 2-5 p.m. Feb. 4. Attendees may enjoy this the exhibit through Feb. 24.

McElligott made Tennessee his home in 2016.

A self-taught artist, McElligott has used watercolor, charcoal and pencil through the years, and now he exclusively paints in oils.

McElligott said he appreciates the opportunity to display his paintings at the same time as the local photographers.

“Art should encompass everything, from acting and dancing to painting,” he said. “We should all collaborate and help each other.”


The Paired Project

A portion of the proceeds of this exhibit will go toward the Paired Project. Through the project, children ages 10-18 have the opportunity to learn sewing techniques while making two pillowcases.

One or the pillowcases is for the artist, and the other will be distributed to children living in shelters and temporary foster homes in Middle Tennessee.

The program aims to introduce local youth to the art of sewing and inspire them to develop skills that could take them into the fashion industry.

The initiative also engages children in the act of charitable giving.

For children living in shelters and temporary foster care, this gesture is very powerful, said Gawrys.

For more information on events at the center, visit, or call 931-455-1234. The center is located at 401 S. Jackson St.

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