Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Different View

Once Upon the South is a 12x9 oil painted from life by Shirley Fachilla.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may know that I belong to The Chestnuts, plein air painters for the land. It’s a local organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural and historic beauties of Tennessee.
The Chestnuts help preserve and commemorate with their paintings. This is the second time we’ve used our art to help the Battle ofFranklin Trust.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Franklin (a town in the next county from Nashville) was the scene of a horrific Civil War battle. Thousands were killed; and an army virtually destroyed, all in the small village of Franklin. The battle was a pivotal factor in ending the war less than a year later.
The Trust was created to gather and preserve that original battlefield; it has made great strides in the endeavor and Chestnut art has helped.
I find painting for The Trust an emotional experience; quite literally one is standing on dark and bloody ground. This year, I painted mostly inside the Lotz House, a family home located smack dab in the middle of that conflict 150 years ago.
Johann Lotz was not slave owner. He was a cabinetmaker from Germany who came to America seeking a better life. His daughter Matilda Lotz later became a very successful painter (a rarity for a woman of that time). I find it fitting that painters should come back to the Lotz house to reimagine and preserve on canvas the times and lives of its former inhabitants.
Matilda’s Tea Party is an 8x10 oil painted from life by Shirley Fachilla.

Our art will be on sale at The Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, Tennessee. The exhibit will be Friday, March 28th, through Sunday, March 30th. The hours are 9 to 5 on Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5 on Sunday.

Hope you can make it. 


  1. Bonjour chère amie,
    Deux très jolies peintures.
    J'aime beaucoup la composition de celle de la seconde photo.
    Il y a tant de douceur et d'émotion...
    Gros bisous

  2. Two beautiful pieces, Shirley....I love the mannequin with that beautiful dress..! nice work!!!


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Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...