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Trenton natives are April’s featured artist

Trenton natives are April’s featured artist

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:04 pm

Courtsquare Arts and Antiques is proud to be hosting a reception and art display for two artists, formerly of Trenton, who now live out of state – one in Mississippi and one in Alabama.
The reception is from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, April 18, at 103 South Courtsquare in Trenton.  It is hoped that everyone will stop by to see the fabulous art by these two talented artists and enjoy renewing their friendship.  Light refreshments will be served.
Suzy (Ramsey) Sanders of McComb, Miss., and Billie Jean (Burns) Strickland of Madison, Ala., will come together to display their fantastic art work and see their friends, schoolmates, and fellow artists of Gibson County.  Both of these artists are members of Courtsquare Arts & Antiques on the court square in Trenton.  They will supplement the pieces already on display at the gallery with a carload of  framed paintings, matted works, and other pieces of art that will only be available for your enjoyment during the two hour reception.  These two artists participate in the annual watercolor workshop presented by the GCVAA (Gibson Co. Visual Arts Assn.) which they will attend the week following this reception.  
Billie Jean (Burns) Strickland was introduced to art at her grandfather’s knee, as he drew some very creative characters.  She says art is in her genes as her mother was the painter and owner of ‘Ceramics by Sis. in Trenton, and her family abounds with artists from several disciplines, including Beverly Hassell, Jane Tyree, Candace Criswell as well as her daughter and grandaughters in Alabama.  After graduating Peabody High School, she married Harold Strickland (also a Peabody graduate) and became a nurse.  She studied art in Florida, and is presently retired and living in Madison, Alabama.  She now paints, paints, paints!!
Suzy (Ramsey) Sanders was voted ‘most original’ in Peabody High School which she attended with her cousins, the daughters of Marion and Jo Cleta Wade.  Mother of two sons and now, grandmother of three!  Suzy’s creative career is both varied and exciting.  She graduated from University of Memphis with a BS in commercial art, which she used as both high school art teacher and as advertising and display manager with the John Simmon’s shop in Memphis.  She owned her own art gallery for 10 years and has studied with both the Memphis Acadamy of Art and the New Orleans Academy of Art, as well as plein air painting in Italy, France, Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan and Gibson Co. wcp 4-13-10

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