Art for the young and young at art

Posted 7/1/17

By JENNIFER COHRON

Daily Mountain Eagle

Annis Evans had two reasons to beam with pride at the opening reception for “As an Artist Sees It,” a new exhibit at the Bankhead House and Heritage …

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Art for the young and young at art

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By JENNIFER COHRON

Daily Mountain Eagle

Annis Evans had two reasons to beam with pride at the opening reception for “As an Artist Sees It,” a new exhibit at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center celebrating Winston County artists.

Her painting of Looney’s Tavern is being displayed in a prominent place in the foyer, and her great-granddaughter’s fish drawing is hanging in the main gallery.

Vivianna Jordan, 7, attends Meek Elementary School, where Winston County Arts Council board member Blythe Welton recently led first graders in an art project called “Fanciful Fish.”

“She is so good. If you feel bad, she will paint you a picture of a flower and bring it to you,” Evans said of the only other artist in her family.

Evans took up painting at age 35 when her youngest child started college.

She later taught art in her home for 30 years.

“It just comes out of me. I feel the need to paint,” said Evans, who recently retired from the Walker County Board of Registrars.

Evans drew a picture of Looney’s Tavern that was used on promotional materials for “The Incident at Looney’s Tavern,” a musical about the county’s struggle against the South’s secession during the Civil War.

Evans and her husband were one of the founding families of the 1500-seat amphitheatre at Looney’s Tavern where the performance was held for over a decade.

Evans played Caroline in the play, and eventually became a playwright herself.

In 2013, the Lakeshore Inn in Double Springs hosted a performance of “The Doctor Is In,” a comedy set in Winston County in the 1940s that paid homage to country doctors.

Her other plays include “Two Valentines are Better Than None,” “The Merriest Christmas Ever,” “Grannies Are Hard to Feed,” “Mama’s Wake,” “Two Old Maids and a Missionary,” “Gossip from Bells are Ringing Baptist Church,” “The Tattersole Reunion” and “Jackie Rabbit Goes to the Tea Party.”

One play that has yet to be staged is called “Papa’s Down at the Moonshine Still.”

“Two judges are my moonshiners,” she said.

“As an Artist Sees It” will be on display through Sept. 29.

Admission is free.