Local artist discusses Southern gardens with Coterie Club members


The Coterie Club of Kilgore met in the parlor of the First Baptist Church on April 12.  Wanda Bittick and Sue Lynn Florio served as hostesses for the meeting serving  coffee and cookies as the members arrived.

President Francye Phillips welcomed the ladies and called the meeting to order.  Rachel Bryan introduced club member and local artist Phyllis Jewell who presented the program entitled Impressionistic Southern Gardens.  She entertained the group with humor in her delightful introduction as she shared how art is displayed here in the South in some of our beautiful gardens.  Jewell emphasized the placement of colorful plants and trees. Also, the use trellises, fountains, and bridges, which came from the influences of the Greeks and Romans, can enhance a garden.

Impressionism was considered a modern movement in painting developed in Paris during the 1860’s. Jewell mentioned Monet, Manet, Renoir, Pissaro, and  Sisley. While others painted objects and religious paintings, this group decided to paint something different  They used new techniques with colors and painted outside, combining nature and art.  Many of them painted garden scenes.​

She talked in depth about Monet and the beautiful paintings of his gardens in Giverny. He enjoyed painting during seasonal changes.  One of this most famous works, “The Water Lillies” is displayed in the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris, France.

In addition to sharing her love of art, beautiful gardens and the living in the South,  Jewell displayed several of her own Southern pots that she has painted with scenes from Renoir and Monet.

President Phillips dispensed with the regular business meeting to allow time for several members to attend the Kilgore Woman’s Club luncheon.  The slate of officers for the 2018-2019 Coterie Club will be:  President - Rachel Bryan, First Vice-President -  Cissy Covnet, Second Vice-President - Jean McLaurin, Secretary - Cristi Langely, Treasurer -Carla Nault, Reporter -Carolyn Martin and Parliamentarian - Francey Phillips.  The next meeting will be on April 26 in the home of Pat Boyd.


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