FCE honored as August artists

Friday, September 8, 2017
Members of the Marshall County Family and Community Education Club attended the artist’s reception at the Marshall County Art Guild after the club was recognized as the county’s Artist of the Month for August. From left: Brenda Newman, Jackie Ginn, Deborah Foster, Emily Gordon, Anna Childress, Linda Prince, C.J. Johns, Mary Randalls, Rita Barrett, and Penny Christoph.
Photo provided by Emily Gordon

An entire group was singled out for their artistic accomplishments last month in Lewisburg.

The Marshall County Art Guild honored the Marshall County Family and Community Education Club as its artist of the month for August.

The Art Guild featured the FCE entrants in their county art competition.

The top two finishers in each category will move on to regional competitions with the goal of competing at the state level FCE art show.

Works ranged across several different media, from needlepoint work to ceramics, from pencil drawing to watercolor painting.

Art classes and projects are only a small part of what FCE offers members, however.

FCE is a program offered through each county’s UT Extension office.

Known for years as Home Demonstration Clubs, the groups were originally founded to offer continuing education classes for homemakers.

Marshall County had 23 separate Home Dem Clubs at one point, according to current member Emily Gordon.

The name might have changed several years ago, but the club still offers varied opportunities for education and service.

In Marshall County, FCE still offers four meetings per month in Lewisburg, Ostella, NHC Oakwood, and at the Extension office.

“We’ve grown a lot this year,” said member Anna Childress, adding that the local clubs were adding new members every month.

“It feels healthy,” said Gordon, speaking of both the club and the benefits it provides members.

“FCE offers what makes us better or better in the community,” said Gordon.

For more information, contact FCE agent for Marshall County, Terri Orr, at 931-359-1929 or at terorr@utk.edu.