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Trica (Carolyn) Blankenship

A native of east Tennessee, Carolyn studied oil paintings with local professional artists the late Anna Bess Shanks artist) and the late Edgar Bowling (artist/sculptor) of Jonesborough, Tennessee from 1962 to 1970.  Carolyn won second place in regional art show in 1968.  She took the blue ribbon at the regional fair for acrylic painting in 1972.  In the summer of 1968, Carolyn worked as an apprentice to Mrs. Shanks assisting in the teaching of oil paintings to the students of Washington College Academy.  Later upon Mrs. Shanks retirement, Carolyn taught her classes for four years, of which some of the students went on to when local awards.


 Today, Carolyn salvages old bottles and hand paints them individually and turns them into hanging lanterns, electric lamps, and wind chimes.  Old saw blades become  a canvas as does small furniture pieces.  Occasionally she paints on traditional canvas.  


You can find Carolyn at local art and craft shows as well as "One of a Kind Gallery" located at 600 State Street, Bristol, VA 37620.

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