Powell/Knoxville, TN-October 2014- Morning Pointe of Powell (TN) Assisted Living residents, Powell High school art students and artists from the greater community are all coming together for a special art exhibit and auction at Morning Pointe of Powell on November 18th 5:30 p.m. to benefit the art program at Powell High School. Come enjoy an evening of art, music and great food all for a great cause!

Powell High School art students and the residents of Morning Pointe of Powell are expressing their creative works with a special art exhibit at the assisted living community November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will showcase works created by Morning Pointe residents, family members of residents and students from the Powell High School art program. Various items will be on display for all to see and many of the pieces will also be part of silent auction to benefit the Powell High School art program. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Powell High School and to help raise funds for their art classes,” said Tyner Brooks, executive director of the assisted living community. “I am even more excited about showcasing some of the artistic talents of our very own residents.”

Nadine Fitchpatrick is among several residents showcasing their talents at the art show. Her specialty is the art of Fine Porcelain China Painting. She was introduced to the art form in the 1980’s after her first husband passed. One afternoon, a group of artisan ladies from her local church demonstrated for her their skills of China Painting taught in Dresden Germany, known for its fine china and porcelain artwork. “China painting takes patience and time,” explained Fitchpatrick. “Paint is not used. Instead it is ground minerals and oils, with natural pigments. And with each individual shade applied you must fire the piece. So a piece can be fired many times before completion.”

Fitzpatrick ended up falling totally in love with this art form and spent much of her free time learning the art of Fine Porcelain China Painting. “I had the honor of meeting and becoming not only a student but also close friends with Ruth Widener. She is the teacher who remains active to this day, at age 92, teaching the fine art of porcelain painting, in the Dresden style,” shared Fitchpatrick. “We still remain in touch and friends.”

Before moving to Morning Pointe, Fitzpatrick remained working while also professionally painting. She did numerous tours, demonstrations and sold many of her fine art pieces. “I invite everyone to drop by to visit and see some of my art samples I have on display,” smiled Fitzpatrick. “I may not be able to do things as well as I used to, but in my memories, I sure do recall the joy!” In addition to residents, local artist Allan Burchfield will be presenting his glass, iron and florescent artwork. He is the son of Mildred Burchfield. And, the students from Powell High School will have stained glass, clay masks and other pottery pieces on display.

“I love the opportunity to work with so many talented students and help guide and provide them with a creative outlet to express their ideas,” said Mrs. Lee Ann Jenkins-Freels, fine arts department head of Powell High School. “I am so excited about sharing art and creativity between different generations. This benefit will allow the Powell High School art program to grow and enrich the lives of even more students.”

The special auction will take place at 5:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Powell High School Art Program.

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, TN-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner and manager of 25 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and The Lantern® at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.