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Acclaimed Memphis Artist George Hunt spoke to Arlington High Visual Art Students about his experiences as an artist and art educator. Staff Photo.

Acclaimed Memphis Artist George Hunt spoke to Arlington High Visual Art Students about his experiences as an artist and art educator. Staff Photo.

On October 21, Arlington High School Visual Arts students had the opportunity to listen and learn from an acclaimed artist—Memphis painter George Hunt.

Hunt, who taught art in the Memphis City Schools for 36 years, regaled the students with a mixture of stories about his journey to becoming an artist and  aphorisms encouraging the students in their artistic development.

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“My mom is my rock.” Wendy and Kelsey Fortner. Staff Photo.

A week before her 21st birthday on August 21, 2012, Lakeland resident Kelsey Fortner learned that she had a tumor on her right ovary the size of a baseball.

“I got the best birthday present ever,” Fortner said. “A tumor.”

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In Lakeland and Arlington, the focus is on families this Fourth of July. Planned celebrations in both communities feature fireworks, picnics, and children’s parades, among other activities.

fireworks event_logo_2014The Town of Arlington will present the Second Annual Star Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28 at the Arlington Sports Complex on Memphis-Arlington Road between Gerber Road and Milton Wilson. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with live music from Super 5.

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Elizabeth KrantzElizabeth Krantz went to a painting party in November 2011 with some women from her church and came home inspired to paint.  The mom of two young boys, Krantz had been looking for a way to fulfill her need for personal growth.

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Brandon Holmes the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Frozen. Photo courtesy of BCS.

UPDATED: This past weekend was big for Lakeland native Disney production coordinator Brandon Holmes. He was part of a team of fellow co-workers & film makers that won an Academy Award for the beloved animated feature, Frozen.

Holmes graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in 2004 and BCS Art teacher, Jenna Fergus talked with his family immediately after he won the Oscar.  Holmes’s mom told Fergus that during his early years at Briarcrest, he spent countless hours honing his art gift which produced a work ethic that has allowed him to shoot for the stars and strive for excellence in his chosen career in movie making.  With a heart full of gratitude for his parents, encouragement from BCS Art teacher Jenna Fergus, Holmes pushed through the huge obstacles of the entertainment industry to attain his dream of working on animated feature films at Disney.

When asked how he felt about winning an Academy Award, Holmes humbly said that he was so honored.