Local artist shares her story, work with Coterie

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The Coterie Club of Kilgore recently met in the home of hostess India Stroope. Rachel Brian served as co-hostess and provided a variety of Southern refreshments for the members. President Francye Phillips welcomed the ladies.

Club member Jacki Beane introduced her friend and special guest speaker Carol Woolley, an acclaimed artist. Woolley grew up in Tyler and received her art degree from the University of Mississippi. She began her career painting t-shirts, furniture and wooden screens while living in Houston. Because of her talent and her love for art, she studied privately for over 20 years with portrait artist Ruth Munson.

Woolley now paints professionally and exhibits extensively. She paints a variety of subjects and especially enjoys capturing the unique personality and expressions of people and animals as well as the beauty of nature. With a touch of humor, she shared her tragedies and triumphs, emphasizing her strong faith in God.

Her most recent commissions are painting the portraits of past presidents of the University of Tyler. She currently lives in Longview with her husband Buddy Woolley.

After the program, Francye Phillips led the business meeting and Liz Lockhart read the club minutes. Ann Dorney gave the treasure’s report. Cissy Covent announced a Christmas luncheon will take place at High Hill’s Farms on December 14. Jean McLaurin read the Club Collect to end the meeting.

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