A watercolor of Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus was one of my contributions to the silent auction for the Front Page Follies last year, and a couple of people told me they bid on it unsuccessfully.
Well, this year they get another shot.
This is a watercolor of the big building at the top of The Hill, built in 1919, that has become a symbol of the university. It’s done in a loose style but one that captures (I hope) the intimate and deep feelings that many people have about the place.
The Front Page Follies is the annual musical revue and roast of politicians and events from the previous year. It is sponsored by the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and raises money for scholarships for journalism students at the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State.
This year’s Follies is set for June 11, 2016.
The Follies always honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism in East Tennessee, and this year’s honoree is Jean Ash.
I have many friends involved with the Front Page Follies including David Lauver, who writes much of the script and many of the songs, Jean Ash, Georgiana Vines, Mark Harmon, Vince Staten, Susan Barnes and others. I’m always honored that they ask me to make a a contribution.
The Follies is operated by the Front Page Foundation.
The painting of Ayres Hall at right is the one I submitted to the auction last year. With the full tower and lots of sky, it’s more dramatic and dominating than the view this year’s painting.