In honor of the passing well-known local artist Ann Ford, the Celtic Cup Coffee House will host the exhibit “Heaven on Earth: Ann Ford in Memoriam” throughout the month of August.
Ford passed on May 4 at the age of 78.
According to her youngest daughter, Faren Taylor, it was one of Ford’s final wishes that the already-scheduled exhibit go on no matter what.
“She was originally going to exhibit florals,” said Taylor. “However, we decided to go with landscapes. They are very peaceful pieces and that’s why we chose the title of ‘Heaven on Earth’ for the exhibit. She also had a love of nature and you can really see that through these paintings.”
Ford began her career as an artist at the age of 9 in her hometown of Lewisburg.
Under the instruction of Alma Westbrook, she was exposed to the mediums of drawing, pastels and oils.
During her late teens, she developed an interest in photography, which would become the first profession she assumed as an artist.
For eight years she owned and operated Ann Ford’s Photography Studio. She said her training in portrait photography enriched her portrait painting.
Honors for her photography include having three photographs featured at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair and having her art placed in the permanent Kodak Collection that traveled throughout Europe.
In 1998, she was inducted into the Degas Pastel Society in New Orleans. She was also a winner of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Tennessee Society DAR for pastel painting.
In the early 1980s, she began studying with John Howard Sanden shortly after he established the New York Portrait Institute.
Over the years, Ford’s art has been shown in galleries and online. She also enjoyed teaching aspiring artists.
For the August show, Taylor said she hopes people are able to see what a talented artist her mother was.
“She was an amazing artist. I hope some are able to purchase her paintings and take them home to enjoy for years to come. We have several of her paintings that we continue to enjoy and wouldn’t trade for anything.”
All of the pieces in the exhibit will be available for purchase. The exhibit is open to the public.
The Celtic Cup is located at 106 N. Anderson St. in Tullahoma.