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Life with Ferris: Signal Mountain Art Guild continues after more than 3 decades

The Signal Mountain Art Guild is a group of talented people who have come together for over three decades. All the artists met every Thursday at the Mountain Arts Community Center to create art. Painters in this group include Barbara Voss, Coco Dauer, Robin Howe, Mark Cobb, Lynne Mayer, Richard Rice and Liz Klinefelter, and they will present their works at the Exum Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 305 West 7th Street.

Much of the art around Chattanooga and surrounding areas is found in art galleries and museums.

However, having the art displayed in the church is nothing new. A church, its interior, liturgy and music are all considered forms of art. Since its inception in 2008, St. Paul’s Exum Gallery, named in memory of Franklin Exum, who made a generous contribution before his passing, has hosted numerous exhibitions with many local artists, including Suzanne Mortimer, Jake Kelley, Lolly Durant, Bradley Wilson, John McLeod, Mary Ferris Kelly, Lolly Durant, Lee Fritch, Denton Ridge, Lee Glascock, Terry Rafferty, Durinda Cheek and many more.

The opening year of the Exum Gallery, St. Paul’s, in collaboration with Second Presbyterian, hosted an international art exhibition, “ICONS in Transformation”. Over one hundred abstract expressionistic pieces were exhibited by the Russian (now Swedish) artist Ludmila Pawlowska. This particular exhibit could only be visited in churches and cathedrals in the United States, as requested by the artist herself. St. Paul’s has sold over $ 40,000 in show business. Part of this income went to the orphanages in Russia, while another part went to the Saint Catherine’s Refuge for Women and Children in Chattanooga.

The exhibition featuring the artists from the Signal Mountain Art Guild opens on Friday, July 8 at 5pm at the Exum Gallery, and everyone is welcome to meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments on opening night. This special show will be held from July 5th to August 10th.


Ferris Robinson is the author of three children’s books, “The Queen Who Banned Insects”, “The Queen Who Accidentally Banned Birds” and “Call Me Arthropod” in her pollinator series. Making Arrangements is her first novel. “Dogs and love – Stories of fidelity” is a collection of true stories about man’s best friend. Her website is and there you can download a pollinator poster for FREE. She is the editor of The Lookout Mountain Mirror and The Signal Mountain Mirror.

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