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Election Featured PhotoLast month, The View 38002 contacted the 16 candidates running in contested races for municipal office in Arlington and Lakeland. In each race, each candidate was sent the same questions and instructions.

Two on the Arlington candidates running for re-election are unopposed: Mayor Mike Wissman and School Board Member Kay Williams (Williams serves as Chair of the Arlington Community Schools Boards, but that position is elected by the members of the school board, not the general public). One candidate, Robert Elliott, Sr. did not respond to multiple invitations to participate.

Participating candidates were given a 350-word limit for their responses. The responses printed here are unedited, except for formatting that does not change the content or intent of the answer. The responses are grouped alphabetically by position and separated by municipality, as that is the way that they will appear on the ballot.

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Dana Harris

Dana Harris

Zip code 38002 has an astonishing number of accomplished artists, and Lakeland artist Dana Harris is no exception. Walking into her lovely home is like entering an art gallery with beautiful surprises around every corner. Her art is an eclectic mix that reflects influences from her many travels and experiences. Her work is decidedly feminine, connected by her unique sense of color and use of texture. Subjects range from colorful florals to textured landscapes and abstracts. Here is what she had to say about her art and life.

Dana, you are well traveled and did not grow up in Memphis. How did you arrive here?

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended schools around the country finishing up back in Michigan to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  I married a military man who took me to California where we started our family.  From there, we traveled around the country, ending up here in the Memphis area in 2007.

Who had the biggest influence on your art?

My high school art teacher, Sue Terrell, saw promise in my ability to create and inspired me to pursue art at the collegiate level.  Without her encouragement, I may not have pursued art at all.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

It’s one thing to go to school and get an art degree.  It is another thing entirely to decide you want to become an artist.  It hit me when my family and I were living in Carmel, California.  The immense beauty of the landscape affected me deeply, and Carmel has an abundance of art galleries…1 for every 17 citizens.  I wanted to capture every part of that environment by painting it, and began to seek out opportunities to learn this craft.

Dana Harris_flowersWhat inspires you and your art?

I find inspiration in my life experiences and my many travels.  Additionally, my garden provides daily material to fuel my creative energies.

What was the proudest moment of your life?

My proudest moments were giving birth to three beautiful daughters.  More proud moments happen everyday as I watch them grow into young ladies.

How have your travels influenced your art?

Seeing something new excites me and allows me to see a different perspective on life.  I try to bring that new perspective into my work.

What three adjectives describe you best?

Creative, Outgoing, Passionate

What three adjectives describe your art?

Colorful, Eclectic, Textured

Dana Harris_balletHow has living in the Memphis area affected your work?

It was challenging to move here from such an art-centered community like we had out west.  The art scene in Memphis is not as obvious to a new resident.  I had to work hard at networking and seeking out venues to get my work noticed.  Along the way, I found out how deep the art community is here.  Memphis fuels my hunger for relevance because I realize how many amazing artists live and work here.  I am painting more now than I ever have in my life.  Memphis pushes me towards greatness.

Do you have a favorite artist past or present?

I love JW Waterhouse because of his beautiful depictions of women in nature.

Do you have a specific mentor? How has that person influenced you?

Erin Gafill from Big Sur, California has had a tremendous impact on my painting.  Erin is relentless – she paints, writes, teaches, travels, and shows her work in as many places as she can.  Her ambition, energy, and success motivate me to keep going.

Dana Harris StudioWhere is your studio?

I am currently painting at the Art Factory in Midtown.

Do you have an activity, other than creating beautiful art, that is at the top of your list?

While I still feel that it IS creating beautiful art (my backyard as the canvas), I will spend much time in my garden.  I absolutely love it.

Do you have personal favorites in your extensive body of work?

Nope. I love them all (even the ones I don’t particularly like) because they are all a part of my journey.

Name one goal you’d still like to accomplish…

I would love to study at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals?

I will have a booth along with artist Melanie Anderson at the upcoming Cooper-Young Festival in September.

 What do you see on the horizon for you and your art?

Traveling and doing art shows in other regions of the country while working hard to get my work represented at the national level.

 

You can find Dana’s work in collections all over the country including that of Clint and Dana Eastwood. To see more go to www.danainmemphis.com  Her work will be available at the Cooper Young Festival on September 19th.

 

Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Photo courtesy of Courtney Barnes.

For Arlington couple Mike and Courtney Barnes, the story of their Boston Marathon run began over five years before when Mike told friends that he would wait to enter until Courtney could join him. We spoke with Courtney and asked her to share her journey.

A real estate agent and insurance investigator by day, Courtney and Mike are both experienced runners and Road Race Club of America certified coaches. In addition to private clients, Courtney coaches Arlington’s LiveFit Running Group. Mike coaches as T3 Running, and also holds a United States of America Track & Field (USATF) level I coaching certification.

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I-40/I-240 Interchange

Tuesday May 26 from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (night)

  • I-40 westbound ramp to Little Rock will be closed for a deck pour on the new I-40 eastbound flyover. Detour will be signed for Walnut Grove Exit.
  • I-240 westbound between Sam Cooper Boulevard and Walnut Grove Road will have 2 lanes closed for construction activities (sound wall deliveries).

Tuesday May 26, and Wednesday May 27, each week day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Ramp @ I-240 EB to Sam Cooper will be closed for deck pour on the new I-40 westbound flyover. Detour will be signed for Covington Pike Interchange.  Covington Pike will be down to one lane in each direction at I-40 for bridge work.
  • I-240 (Flyover) – Intermittent lane closures on the I-240 flyover for bridge work. One lane will remain open at all times. I-40 west and Sam Cooper Boulevard will have intermittent closures with the Little Rock exit remaining open.

Wednesday May 27 through Friday May 29 and Sunday May 31 through Tuesday June 2, each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

  • I-40 westbound ramp to Little Rock will be closed for a deck pour on the new I-40 eastbound flyover. Detour will be signed for Walnut Grove Exit.
  • I-240 westbound between Sam Cooper Boulevard and Walnut Grove Road will have 2 lanes closed for construction activities.

Thursday May 28, Friday May 29, and Monday June 1 through Wednesday June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Ramp from I-240 EB to Sam Cooper will be closed for deck pour on the new I-40 westbound flyover. Detour will be signed for Covington Pike Interchange.

Saturday May 30, Sunday May 31 from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • I-40 westbound ramp to Little Rock will be closed for a deck pour on the new I-40 eastbound flyover. Detour will be signed for Walnut Grove Exit.

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