DOLLY PARTON AND ARTIST JIM GRAY WIN TENNESSEE’S HIGHEST AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTS.
Thursday, March 20, 2003 (from the official record)
Mr. DUNCAN. Mr. Speaker, on March 12, 2003, Jim Gray, a member of my constituency, was honored with Tennessee’s highest artistic award. The Tennessee Arts Commission presented Jim with the Distinguished Artist Award as a part of the 2003 Governor’s Awards in the Arts in Nashville, TN. Jim’s artistic drive has been with him his entire life, and he used his talents to guide his career as a young adult as an illustrator, an advertising executive, and as a technical illustrator in the United States Air Force. After a visit with his family to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1966, Jim found an artistic inspiration that he had never felt before. This inspiration led him to move to east Tennessee, where his desire to paint the beauty of the Tennessee countryside became his passion.
HON. JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR.
TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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Jim Gray Gallery is dedicated to art, craft, and design. Our 55+ year family run business is founded on hard work and creativity with a high standard of quality. The artist, Jim Gray, started the business with his wife Fran back in 1966. Now we are in the 3rd generation of family ownership. We are a small company who has sourced locally since the start and we strive to continue to do so. Made in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN.
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