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"Hughes Family Art Show" by the Hughes Family at the Visitors Center Gallery


October 2 - 30 "Hughes Family Art Show" 

on display and available for purchase in the Visitors Center Gallery. *

Opening reception October 2, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

- This is a self - curated group show, co-curated by the late Pat Vescovo.

What the Hughes Family say about this biannual event: 

“The Hughes Art Show exhibits the works of an artistic Tennessee family. The artists are: Dr. Allen Hughes - a Memphis surgeon, his sisters Anne Hughes Sayle and Jane Hughes Coble, their cousin Nancy Hughes Coe, and Jane’s daughter Anne Hightower Trainer. All live in Memphis except for Coble and Trainer who live in Nashville. The original Hughes Family Art Show at the Memphis Botanic Garden broke all records for sales and attendance. It’s an exciting prospect to celebrate our varied paintings and carvings with so many friends and art lovers in a place we love to show.” 

~ the Hughes family

More about the artists: 

Anne Hughes Sayle 

“ This show is, as is usual with me, a mixture of styles and ideas. Recent explorations of landscape have absorbed me in reflections about time and space.  I think about the way we see the world around us—in all it’s beauty.  Mine is a largely rural, rustic vision.  Natural surroundings are important to balance hectic city life and soothe our souls.  Our solitude in nature can refresh our appreciation of other people when we do return to the society of others.  A vast expanse of rolling landscape can lift ones spirits immensely. I am celebrating God’s glorious creation.”

 ~ AHS Lake Cormorant, Mississippi 

Anne Hughes Sayle grew up in a very creative and artistic family. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree at U of Georgia she went on to get a Master’s Degree at U Memphis. Ms. Sayle has taught private art lessons for 30 years and has taught art at Crichton College, Victory University and Northwest Mississippi Community College. Ms. Sayle also enjoys showing her art, especially with these family exhibits.

Jane Hughes Coble  


Jane Coble was born in Memphis and has been happily involved in art from her earliest years of drawing and painting. She has had numerous shows, had her first major drawing published in a magazine and been selected for the Best and Brightest Art Show in Scottsdale, AZ.  She founded the Harding Academy Art Show, being the first art chairman to invite area artists to participate.  It is widely considered to be the original model for all the similar shows now held by so many entities in middle Tennessee. Her works are in several galleries and in collections across the country and abroad.  She lives with her husband Bill, their dog, and four horses on the Cumberland River in Nashville, where their beautiful 20 mile view down a bend of the river is an inspiration for her sweeping landscapes.

Nancy Hughes Coe 

“Creating art is an act of worship as I reflect back to God, our own Creator, a bit of the beauty of the world He created.  He was the first artist, and being made in His image means we are all artists at heart. I see these pieces as echoes of all that whispers His name. They were done in Colorado where God must have had a party flinging Beauty around with abandon to delight us and to show His majesty.”  ~ Nancy Hughes Coe

Nancy is an Investment Advisor and Principal of Dominion Partners Wealth Management. She is an endurance athlete who enjoys marathons, long distance cycling, triathlons, and mountain climbing.  She is on numerous non-profit Boards in Memphis and a Deacon at Second Presbyterian Church. Happily married with 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

Anne Hightower Trainer 


Born into an artistic family, Anne Hightower Trainer has been painting, drawing, and creating from her earliest childhood days. With formal art instruction taking root during her high school years at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Anne’s art career sprouted up during a summer job, when at the age of 16, an area building firm contracted with her to provide custom drawings of their new homes and commercial buildings.  At the same time, while still in high school, she created original individual as well as group portraits commissioned by a growing client base.  After continuing her art education during college, Anne has participated in numerous local shows, and her works are in private collections across the country.

Dr. Allen Hughes 


 Dr. Hughes, an avid outdoorsman, has a national reputation as a wildlife artist and  carver. At the National Wildlife Art  Show he is the only artist to win top honors in  both painting and woodcarving , a feat he  accomplished not once, but twice. His work  has appeared both on the cover or inside of over 40 publications. In addition  to winning numerous competitions, he was selected to have his art on Tennessee and  Mississippi Waterfowl stamps and to create the first Quail Unlimited stamp, print set  and 15th anniversary print. He has created over 50 limited editions prints; which  are nearly sold out. Dr. Hughes translates the beauty he sees in nature through wood  and paint into images and carvings that bring rare moments in the forests and on the lakes into people’s homes and lives.

All art exhibits free and open to the public. A portion of art sales benefits Memphis Botanic Garden’s art, education and horticulture programs. Call 636-4100 for information. 

* Meet the artist, see the work and enjoy light complimentary refreshments.

All images courtesy of the artists.

Posted by Stephanie Cosby at 10:41 AM

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