Across our nation as well as in Blount County, mural painting is in a moment of renaissance. FLFR is providing a series of murals about this amazing and beautiful river and the woodlands that make Blount County Awesome by Nature. The first mural in Cleveland is awesome, and the 2nd one will soon be painted on 237 Railroad Blvd in Oneonta.
I have been drawing portraits since 2011. That same year, after settling in Oneonta with my husband Mike, I began teaching myself how to paint and draw subjects realistically. My preferred art style is “realism” and I prefer working in acrylics and charcoal pencils. I have really enjoyed teaching myself basic art styles and techniques with different media such as colored pencils and watercolor. I opened my studio in Oneonta in 2017, then began teaching kids’ art classes. I enjoy passing on my sense of exploration and love of learning to my students. I am in no way master of any of these media or styles, but hold to the saying, 'It is much better to know something about everything than to know everything about one thing.' Originally from the Philippines, I have fallen in love with the people of Oneonta. It is definitely a great place to raise our two kids while I pursue my love of making art."
- Artist Joan Babcock
River Restoration Program
The river beauty expands! Our splendid Grand Staircase, built by Blount County Commissioners, is inspiring more beauty as Friends of the Locust Fork River and volunteers continue to grace the site with native plants. This long-vision project demonstrates the way forward enhancing and protecting our river’s riparian buffers, ensuring a healthier river for us all to enjoy. Read more below about how to support this local land stewardship.