Tag: Art

  1. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye 

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye  Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson  With a fascination and enjoyment of birds, how do I go from studying a bird to painting a fanciful image of the bird? For that matter, why paint a fanciful bird instead of a true likeness? Carolina Wren by Gaynell Lawson As I determine the bird’s habits and attributes, an Read more...
  2. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson Heron in Search of Fish by Gaynell Lawson Birds fascinate me. They always have. I enjoy watching them wherever I’m fortunate enough to spot them—in our streams, in the Great Smoky Mountains, or even in my own backyard. I’ve found that if I provide the right feeder, Read more...
  3. Deneen Pottery’s National Park Mugs Mark a Special Moment in Time

    Deneen Pottery’s National Park Mugs Mark a Special Moment in Time By Martha Hunter In their St. Paul studio, the Deneen family and more than 50 skilled craftspeople create beautiful and durable stoneware by hand—transforming lumps of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio clay into lifelong keepsakes. Great Smoky Mountains Association members may know Deneen Pottery best for its line of national park mugs. From Read more...
  4. The Civilian Conservation Corps Art Program in the Smokies

    Many visitors to the Smokies are familiar with the Civilian Conservation Corps. This Depression-era government program was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s most popular and successful relief programs. Millions of young men were fed, clothed and housed, and in return, they planted more than 3 billion trees, worked on soil conservation projects in the western United States, and helped construct hiking trails and other infrastructure in state and national parks. Their toil helped shape the modern state and national park system we enjoy today. The Smokies are no exception.

    To find evidence of CCC handiwork, visitors today need to look no further than the park headquarters building in Gatlinburg, numerous features along Highway 441, including various bridges, tunnels and the Rockefeller Memorial, not to mention the hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the park.

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