2015 Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts

Florence Art School hosted the 3rd Annual Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts in August of 2015.  The exhibit featured four local and regional female artists:  Jean Miller, Betty Rembert, Hannah Lemly and Susan Dahlin.  Jimmy Poplin led a Drum Circle as a part of the exhibit opening.  The Symposium on Women’s Influence in the Arts included talks by all the exhibit participants as well as keynote speaker Lynn Duryea.


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Basket in process by Jean Miller

Jean Miller’s three greatest loves in art are painting, basketry, and woodworking.  Art is not just a theme that has run through Jean’s life, it is a part of who she is.  Jean has taken many classes over the years to further her plethora of skills.  One of her biggest achievements was graduation from college in 1986 at the age of 62 in Horticulture.  Her children and grandchildren are the recipients of the majority of Jean’s work.


Photograph by Betty Rembert

Betty Rembert’s interest in photography began in the late seventies when she gave her husband, George, a Canon A1 camera for his birthday.  Betty says this event “opened up a new world for both of us.”  Rembert’s passion early in life was the piano, but her life filled with work, marriage, and children.  She began assisting her husband with photography but did not start taking photographs herself until she was in her seventies.  A watercolor class taught by George Kosinski inspired her to take photographs of subjects to paint.  Through this experience she found that she could master the technical details of photography and truly loves taking pictures, especially Macro photography and the challenge of capturing creatures and flowers in the field in natural light.


Painting by Susan Dahlin

At the young age of six, Susan Dahlin received an easel, palette and box of paints from her father, Finn, a professional portrait painter. Immediately she felt the gift of artistic expression that was so deeply rooted in the Dahlin family. After graduating with a B.A. from Penn State University in 1979, a career in broadcasting left little time for painting.  For nearly two decades, she worked both on and off the screen hosting television programs and producing award-winning documentaries at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. After the passing of her father, Susan returned to the canvas with a new inspiration. Tossing away the brushes for one simple palette knife, she now prefers to carve texture and vibrant color into every piece she creates. Her work is shown in galleries all across the state and hangs in many private collections, including the NC State University Chancellor’s residence and Brand Winery in Sonoma County, CA — to name just a few.


Clay “Teapot” by Hannah Lemly

Hannah Lemly is the 2015 Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts Emerging Female Artist.  Hannah is a ceramic artist native to Ashe County. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. Her work has been on display at the Artists’ Theatre in West Jefferson, in downtown Savannah Ga, and at the SCAD Museum of Fine Art gallery in Hong Kong China. Her sculptures reflect a vivid imagination and love of nature, often combining the playful and whimsical with nature and mountain themes. Hannah is currently working on an entire village of whimsical characters and animals.


Arch by Lynn Duryea

Currently Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone NC, Lynn Duryea was a studio artist working in Maine before earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida. Lynn is a Founding Trustee of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and was the Program Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence for The Watershed Workshop for People with HIV/AIDS. She is a co-founder of Sawyer Street Studios, an artist-owned ceramic facility in South Portland, Maine, a recipient of the Maine Crafts Association 2012 Master Craft Award, and was the first visual artist to receive Portland, Maine’s YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Lynn was an Emerging Artist at the 2004 NCECA Conference (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts). She has received grants from Appalachian State’s University Research Council and Foundation Fellows, the Maine Arts Commission and Watauga County Arts Council.