This is one of the items that will be on sale at The Touch of the Master’s Hand art exhibit at the Arts Center of Cannon County April 10-May 30. Photo courtesy of the Arts Center
WOODBURY - The Touch of the Master's Hand, an exhibit of works by Jeffory Young and Helen Minton, will be on view at the Arts Center of Cannon County April 10-May 30.
A reception, which is open to the public, will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Berger Gallery.
The Touch of the Master's Hand includes a variety of works by aunt and nephew, Minton and Young. While ach has their own artistic style and work in different materials, they both choose subjects that are often personal and that their audience can connect to.
Young's works range from images of iconic figures to personal messages to loved ones. Minton's works include landscapes of Cannon County, inspired by her family home.
Minton is a native of Woodbury who has been painting for more than 10 years, enjoying its therapeutic value. Minton's favorite medium is acrylics on canvas.
Young, also from Woodbury, only recently started creating art as part of the recreation program where he is incarcerated. Young uses available materials to create drawings, paintings, and artworks on leather.
Young was convicted federally on charges of marijuana distribution and is now at the Federal Work Camp in Millington. Prior to his arrest, Young operated an excavation business and raised cattle. He owned approximately 2,000 acres of timber and grazing land.
One thousand of those acres, after 5 years of negotiation with federal and state law enforcement agencies and with help from various environmental not-for-profits, were forfeited by Young and transferred to the state to be managed as wildlife resource management property. That property is now referred to as the Headwaters Wildlife Management Area. This land transfer was the first of its kind in Tennessee.
During the process Young identified his acreage that was most worthy of preservation. Property in 3 watersheds has been conserved.
The Arts Center is excited to host this show by two well loved Cannon County residents. It has shown Minton's work previously being well acquainted with her talent. Young had never created art until his incarceration. It turns out he is quite skilled. He has made and gifted pieces to various Cannon neighbors. Many items have been loaned for the show. The works have never been seen together.