July 13, 2009


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Two Franklin residents are the featured artists for an upcoming art show benefiting the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation. Potter Pitts Hinson and oil painter Wanda Wright will highlight the event which offers a unique opportunity for the public to purchase the works of more than 25 regional artists whose mediums include oil, watercolor, pottery, jewelry and much more.

This is the third year the foundation has hosted the art show, scheduled for Friday, August 7, from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Memorial Building, located at 308 West 7th Street in Columbia, Tennessee. Admission is free and those attending will be eligible to win a $200 voucher towards the purchase of artwork. The first drawing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and another at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

Carolyn Harrison will be chairing the event again this year. “We have a group of very talented artists slated to bring their works to the art show. I’m especially pleased to announce that two favorites from past shows are returning this year as our featured artists,” said Harrison.

Meet the Featured Artists


In February 2006, Pitts Hinson suffered a massive heart attack while in Bozeman, Montana. As president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, he was there delivering a program to the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Following the recommendation of his cardiologist, the decision was made to not re-enter the profession of pediatric dentistry. After 30 years of hands-on patient care while practicing in Columbia and Lawrenceburg, Pitts sought an outlet that would offer the same opportunity to apply the eye-hand coordination that dentistry had allowed him to develop without the pace and stress of the private practice of pediatric dentistry. Intrigued by the techniques required in the art of pottery, he took his first workshop in September 2006. After a series of six lessons, Pitts was “hooked.” 

Out of My Hands Pottery, a name suggested by his daughters who as nurses know that health issues are often unexpected, features the work of Kathy and Pitts Hinson. Located in Franklin, Tennessee, the studio produces traditional, functional pottery pieces that are safe for use in ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. All pieces are food-safe as well. The glazes utilized represent Enviro Colors by Opulence, Coyote Clay and Color of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as several recipes created by the potters. Although the majority of pieces represent wheel-thrown shapes, Out of My Hands also provides many platters, trays, and casserole dishes that are slab-molded. The potters also present a line of handcrafted crosses and necklaces.

Recently, the studio has produced a new line of Raku fired pieces. The Raku process is an ancient Japanese form of pottery art. Although Raku art is not utilized for food, the pieces created are frequently found as decorative art throughout homes.

The Hinsons have participated in recent workshops with Mud Puddle Pottery and Mid-South Ceramics along with studying the techniques of Greg Pace, Timothy Weber, Roy Overcast, Veronica Stanley, Sharon Ingram, Susan DeMay, and others. Pitts and Kathy reside in Franklin, Tennessee. 

After being an elementary school teacher for 32 years, Wanda Wright now devotes her time to painting with oils, spending time with her family, and photography. She studies primarily with Charles Brindley in Nashville, but has also studied with Brett Weaver of Colorado and Elio Camacho of California. She is a member of the Chestnut Plein Aire group, the Arts Council of Williamson County, the Spring Hill Arts Council and the Juanita Parks Green painting group in Franklin where she shares studio space with ten other artists.

Her work has been exhibited at the Christine Slayden Tibbot Center Gallery in Nashville in 2004, 2007, and 2009. She participated in the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation Art Show and Sale in 2007 and 2008, and was part of a three-woman show at the Maury County Arts Guild last year. Her work was featured in the Centennial Club's monthly art show in Nashville in 2009. In addition, her work was exhibited in the Martin Masters Art Show in Brentwood in 2007 and 2008 where she won the People's Choice Award for one of her paintings of sheep. Wanda resides in Franklin with her husband James Wright, her greatest supporter.

For more information about the art show, contact the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation at 931.380.4075.

About Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation:

The Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in October 2006. Financial support received through the Foundation is used for projects including community health initiatives, education scholarships, and other health-related projects. The Foundation is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of an individual and may be donated to one of several funds For more information about the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation and giving opportunities, please call 931.380.4075.