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April 18, 2014

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John And Lil Clinard's Work On Exhibit Through June

Originally published: 2013-06-03 10:31:24
Last modified: 2013-06-03 10:36:34

The Greeneville Arts Council and The General Morgan Inn are sponsoring an exhibit of artwork by former Greenevillians John and Lil (Austin) Clinard during the month of June.

This exhibit and the artists have a direct connection to The Austin Company mural painted by Joe Kilday and Mike Durham on the back of the building at the corner of Main and Summer streets.

The tobacco/Austin Company painting is part of "Windows to the Past," a project that plans large murals depicting important facets of local history on a number of downtown properties in the Historic District.

A reception honoring the Clinards, who now live in Louden, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the gallery, the evening before the "Windows to the Past" blocking of Depot Street for the all-day unveiling event on Saturday.

This exhibit of watercolors, oils, and acrylics will be on display at the Mason House Gallery from June 1 through June 30.

Everyone is invited to attend the free reception to welcome the Clinards back to a town they called home more than 40 years ago.

Lil Clinard is a granddaughter of the late Clyde and Felice Austin, driving forces of The Austin Co., and daughter of the late Frank and Anne Easterly Austin.

John Clinard's father was the Rev. Turner Clinard, a long-time pastor at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

John was six when the family moved to Greeneville, and he lived on Monford Avenue, near the Austins. However, the two did not really "notice" each other until he was 15 and she was 14, he said.

According to a press release the pair submitted to the Greeneville Arts Council, the two enjoy painting together from photographs of their travels.

However, the Clinards' paintings are very different from each other's. His are oil and large scale while hers are most often watercolor and smaller in scale.

Lil Clinard states in a press release, "We complement and support each other through critique and mutual interest."


Lil Clinard is a self-taught artist who said in a press release that she has enjoyed drawing and painting ever since she can remember.

She stated, "The beauty around me has always mesmerized me: the landscapes, cityscapes, people, animals and plants. So, over the years, I have taken photographs from which I paint. My goal in these paintings is to express my response to the natural world represented by the photographs through brush stroke, texture, color, light and composition rather than control of photographic detail. In my watercolors, I attempt to create beauty with color and contrast.

"I like to paint in a loose and impressionistic manner letting the viewer complete the picture, and watercolors lend themselves to this style and approach perfectly."


John Clinard stated in a press release: "Though an Oak Ridge engineer by trade for 30 years, my interest in art has existed since an early age. Encouraged by my mother, Dot, to begin pencil drawings and oils, I was inspired and taught by Dixie Snapp starting at the age of 13. (Dixie Snapp, now deceased, remains Greeneville's most famous artist.)

"Later, at UT in Knoxville, Charles Kermit Ewing taught both my wife, Lil, and me our art appreciation and art history. I am, nevertheless, a mostly self-taught artist and have been painting for more than 50 years.

"Output was limited during my engineering years. But since retirement, some 10 years ago, I have become more prolific, sort of.

"I focus primarily on oil painting, producing a variety of subjects. Some paintings are composed from photographs from Tennessee and from places visited, domestic and foreign. My work is mostly impressionistic, though certainly representational, with my focus on such elements as (1) depth and perspective, (2) contrast and simple palette and (3) non-complicated but interesting composition, in most cases."


Lil Clinard has had work juried into the National Juried Show at the Emporium in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and one of her cityscapes won "Best of Show" in the 2008 Tennessee Artists Association Juried Show.

She was awarded "Best Watercolor" in the 2010 Fountain City Art Center's Juried Show.

In 2009, she participated in Artclamation!, then, in 2010, in ArtXtravaganza.

She currently has a painting in the Arts in the Airport Exhibit at McGee Tyson Airport.

She is a member of the Art Market Gallery, where she serves as vice president and a member of the board of directors; the Knoxville Watercolor Society; the Tennessee Artists Association, of which she is a past president; Fountain City Art Center, Oak Ridge Art Center, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Art Guild of Tellico Village, of which she is a past president.

Mr. Clinard is a member of the Fountain City Art Center, the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Tennessee Artists Association, and the Tellico Village Art Guild.

More than 20 of their paintings hang in the dental office of their daughter, Christian Lenard, in Knoxville. In addition, his mother, Dot Clinard, as a big supporter of his painting, displays his work in her home.

The Clinards have paintings hanging in homes and businesses across the Southeast, some given as gifts to friends and family, and others sold through the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, The Town Framery in Farragut, and the numerous art shows they participate in. Her work is always on display and for sale at the Art Market Gallery at 422 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville,

She participated in the Knoxville Museum of Art's "Artists on Location" event and painted three oil paintings on location in Knoxville in three days and sold two of them at the museum's show and reception, May 11.

The Clinards' have a two-artist exhibit on display at the Rarity Bay Community Center in Vonore, with 39 of their watercolors, oils and acrylics on exhibit. That show ends just as the local exhibit begins in the Mason House Gallery.

Their art can been seen at their website, and on Facebook at "ClinArt."

For more information about this or other exhibits at The Mason House Gallery, contact Matilda Green, director of exhibitions, at 329-5366, or visit the Greeneville Arts Council website at

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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