Monday, March 5, 2012

Art: Up Close & Personal -Paul Harmon- Painter - March 12 2012

Art: Up Close & Personal

Paul Harmon
 March 12
 6 - 7:30 pm

Williamson County Public Library
 (main conference room)
 1314 Columbia Pike
 Franklin, TN 37064     

           In it's fourth year, the Arts Council is proud to present this evening series for 2012.
Some of the most renowned local artists will share an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and their work.

Harmon's art education began early in his childhood. He recounts, "My Grandmother was a painter...a really great one....and as she lived in the same neighborhood as my parents, I spent a lot of time as a child in her home and studio." He also took a few summer art classes as a child. "That's about it for art education, but it was a good one," he comments. 

For 11 years, from 1986 to early 1998, Harmon divided this time between permanent studio/residences in Paris, France, and Brentwood. The Harmon work is well represented in numerous galleries, museums, major corporate and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. His work is in collections in the Tennessee State Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Museum of the Principality of Monaco and the city of Caen, France.

In 1994, Harmon's major exhibition of his work at the invitation of officials of Caen, France, was curated by Galerie Dėprez-Bellorget of Paris for the official art show of the D-Day 50th anniversary remembrances.

Harmon is the recipient of many major international painting awards, including the Prix de la Ville de Monaco and the Prix de la Sociėtė E.J.A. at the XXIV Prix International D'Art Contemporain de Monte-Carlo.  The Harmon painting, Walking Man, from this exhibition/competition was chosen by Her Serene Highness, Princess Caroline of Monaco for her private collection. In connection with the Prix de las Ville de Monaco, a canvas was commissioned by the Principality of Monaco for its permanent collection.

A comprehensive book, “Paul Harmon: Crossing Borders,” is now in print. This 360-page color volume covers canvases from 1961 to mid-2009. Over 526 paintings are featured along with an essay by Art Historian Robert L. McGrath, professor of art history, emeritus, Dartmouth University.

Harmon's work is featured in the Elmore Leonard Showtime movie, "Pronto," directed by Jim McBride and starring Peter Falk, Glenne Headly and James LeGros.

Today, Harmon lives and works in a 1793 National Register of Historic Places farmhouse and studio in Brentwood. To see Harmon's work, please visit


Come mingle with some of the notable artists from our area and beyond.
 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January: series resumes in February
February 13: Alf Sharp, Woodworker/Furniture Maker
 March 12: Paul Harmon, Painter
 April 9: Chery Cratty, Fiber and Pulp Painting
 May 14: Roy Overcast, Ceramics

 Series resumes in September

September 24: Lena Luca, Ceramics, Painting and Music
October 8: Bill Barnes, Painting and Graphic Design
 November 12: Edie Maney, Painter

 The lecture series is free and open to the public.
 Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 428-3845 or email

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