Coffee and canvases offered

Published 3:13 pm Monday, April 30, 2012

Debbie Sullivan teaches art class to aspiring artists, from left, Jo Ina Alexander, Myra Healy, Lea Ann King and Janet Freeman. (Contributed)

By CATHERINE LEGG / Community Columnist

Coffee and Canvases is the title of the monthly art class and luncheon offered by the artistic trio, Debbie Sullivan, Beverly Stamps and Martha Fulghum, as a project of Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

They invited me to come out for lunch last week and I had a delightful time. Everyone was painting a lovely flower and carrying on a lively conversation at the same time. Debbie was teaching the class and Martha and Beverly were available for advice and assistance.

All of the three are professional artists who have studied art for many, many years and were painting and business partners in their company called “Whatever Your Fancy” for nearly 25 years. They painted wonderful murals in many homes, businesses and schools in the area.

When I asked how these three happened to get together, Martha volunteered, “It’s really a miracle how God orchestrated that. We all were in this church, became good friends, and found that we had these same interests and talents. We love the things we do together.”

They are very busy ladies, but in answer to questions about their spare time, they explained that Debbie paints murals, teaches individual art classes to children and adults, and she also has camp sessions for children at different times throughout the year. Martha paints outstanding watercolor portraits, and Beverly enjoys her free time with the grandchildren. All of them are very involved in the Spring Creek Church, and the art class is a part of their ministry to serve the Lord, and to share the gifts he gave them.

The “coffee” in the title of their class is a major understatement; lunch was beautiful with Beverly’s wonderful Greener Pastures signature chicken salad, a delicious fruit salad, and sure enough homemade peach cobbler with ice cream. On other class days they may serve their great chicken pot pie, or taco soup, and to top it off, a dessert such as chocolate roulade, cake or cherry pie.

The aspiring artists having a really fun day painting and enjoying lunch that day were Katie Powell, Jo Ina Alexander, Glenda Terrell Cairns, Janet Freeman, Loretta Hawkins, Myra Healy and Lea Ann King.

The Coffee and Canvases classes are monthly with announcements of date, time and other information posted on the church website, The next class will be held on Monday, May 21st from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is only $35 and that covers all material and lunch. Each student carries their own special painting home.

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