Ann Kimbro and her husband, John Wilson, stand alongside her wildlife paints at the Williamson County Archives building during Friday’s Art Scene. // Photos by JOHN MCBRYDE
By JOHN McBRYDE
It took a while, but artist Ann Kimbro finally made the adjustment from living in a major city to a place that’s about as rural as they come.
She and her husband, John Wilson, live in Bon Aqua in Hickman County, just west of Fairview. Kimbro was one of the featured artists at Friday night’s Franklin Art Scene.
“I love living in the country,” she said from the Williamson County Archives building, where several of her wildlife paintings were displayed. “And being from the Chicago area, I was in culture shock coming here. Now you couldn’t get me to live anywhere else.”
Kimbro and her first husband moved to Tennessee nearly 14 years ago from the Windy City, where she was a muralist. Her husband helped her with murals, but he died not long after they moved here.
“So I started on wildlife,” she said. “I absolutely love seeing it come to life. It’s like bringing something to life. You want to be able to touch it.”
Wilson builds the frames using barn wood, giving them a rustic look.
Though Mike Hooper’s bio says he was born “with a mustache” in upstate New York and that he lived in several places across the country, he and his wife, Theresa, have been living in McEwen, Tennessee, for about 20 years now.
He is one of the resident artists at Gallery 202, where he was the featured artist for the March Art Scene. His paintings on wood and other pieces can be seen as folk art, impressionism or surreal, but he said it all just comes from whatever’s in his head.
“I’ve been painting going on seven years, Hooper said. “I just enjoy art, and figured I’d go ahead and try it. People liked it and here I am.”
When Don Hasselbeck was a student and a football player at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he started painting mountains. He enjoyed it, but he thought the browns and greens and grays in his paintings needed more colors.
So taking inspiration from noted artist Josef Albers, a color theorist, Hasselbeck began working in other colors to his mountain scenes that gave them something of a new dimension.
“The theory of color and what it does to you emotionally [is significant], so I just kept finding new colors and creating new colors and grading one color into the next and kept going from there,” Hasselbeck said from Franklin Road Apparel, where his paintings of multi-colors were on display Friday. “There didn’t seem to be anyone doing what I was doing and I actually loved it. It was relaxing and fun and people liked it and I was selling some work.”
After graduating from college, Hasselbeck played for nine years in the NFL. He later worked for 22 years at Reebok, and then went full steam with his painting where he currently lives in Boston.