July 10, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation is hosting an art show featuring more than 25 regional artists whose mediums include oil, watercolor, pottery, jewelry and much more. Art Effects is scheduled for Friday, August 6, from noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Memorial Building, located at 308 West 7th Street in Columbia, Tennessee.

According to Joe Kilgore, executive director of the foundation, this year’s event honors Mildred Hartsfield, a well-known local artist. “Mildred has contributed so much of her talent to our community,” said Kilgore. “She is a gifted and gracious person and we are pleased to be able to honor her at Art Effects.”

Hartsfield, a self-taught artist, is a native of Loretto, Tennessee. Her love for drawing began at the age of six and thrived under the encouragement of her teachers and parents. While still in school, she began doing freelance work, including painting religious scenes on the interiors of caskets. When she married, she and her husband Wayne moved to Shelbyville where she was hired by Josten’s as a commercial artist and remained there for 12 years working on projects ranging from Christmas cards to parking meters. In 1974, she and her family moved to Columbia and opened the Lemon Tree Gallery, which she continued to operate until 2010. Her works can be found at the Maury County Courthouse, General Motors corporate headquarters, Maury Regional Medical Center, and in countless homes. She has worked in pen and ink, watercolors and oils. Hartsfield is most proud of her oil painting of Stillhouse Hollow Falls, which sold for $20,000 and helped to fund the preservation of the falls. Many of her works will be on display during the art show.

“Mildred is most widely known for her beautiful works of historical sites in Maury County,” said Carolyn Harrison, chair of the Art Effects committee. “She has completed paintings of Haynes Haven, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Athenaeum and the Maury County Courthouse. Mildred has captured Maury County’s historical treasures on canvas for future generations to enjoy and her works were the subject of ‘Historic Maury County Places and People,’ a book published by the Maury County Historical Society.”

Admission to Art Effects is free. A silent auction featuring works from a variety of artists will be held on Friday with bids closing at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Special Needs Fund, which provides financial resources to patients at Maury Regional Medical Center in need of medication or transportation as well as families of patients in need of food or overnight accommodations.

For more information about Maury Regional Health Care Foundation, visit or call Executive Director Joe Kilgore at 931.380.4075.