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New exhibit at Renaissance Center showcases artwork by Georgia Blanchard Doubler family

staff report • May 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

The love of art definitely runs in Georgia Blanchard Doubler’s family.

The artwork of Doubler and her three daughters — Becky McNary, Lyn Grant and Anne Smith — will be on display through May 24 in the Main Gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St.

An opening reception for “Generations — A Family of Artists” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., today in the Main Gallery. Doubler and her daughters will be on hand to discuss their works.

Select works by some of Doubler’s other family members, including an oil painting by Doubler’s grandmother, Marie Antoinette Rich, and a watercolor painting by Doubler’s mother, Catherine Joselyn, will also be included in this unique exhibition, sponsored by the Kingsport Art Guild.

Doubler’s family’s love of art began in the late 1800s when her grandmother, Marie Antoinette Rich, learned to paint. In turn, her daughter, Catherine Joselyn, adopted art as a late-in-life hobby. Doubler followed suit and has been a serious artist since age 8. Today, Doubler’s three daughters and son, Doug Neely, each have followed a creative path, as have her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Doubler has lived in Green Valley, Ariz., for the past 16 years after being a long-time Kingsport resident. She was very active in the Kingsport Art Guild, serving as president, and was a frequent award winner in area and regional shows.

Doubler earned Signature Member status in the Tennessee Watercolor Society and other prestigious artist associations. She taught art in the public schools, as well as at the university level, inspiring her students wherever she was. She continues to teach and volunteer her time with many groups in Green Valley and the surrounding areas.

Her retrospective show at the Rogoway Gallery in Tubac, Ariz., was a huge success and she continues to win awards in area shows.

Her recent accomplishments include being featured in The Artist’s Magazine’s “Over 60 Competition” in March 2011 with one of her works, a tempera resist. She will also be included in a book by F+W Publishing Co., “Incite: Dreams Realized,” set to publish later this year.

Daughter Becky McNary designed and oversaw construction and the painting of stage sets for Maury Middle School’s “Seussical the Musical.” Continuing with her large scale work, McNary paints murals and produces fine art while pursuing her interest in the culinary arts.

Doubler’s second daughter, Lyn Grant, is the crafter, musician and actor in the group, writing and performing puppet shows for private parties and public events. She makes many of her own puppets along with art dolls, soft toys and knitted items.

Daughter number three, Anne Smith, is currently creating commissioned pet portraits mainly in colored pencil and graphite. Four of her works have been accepted and three have won awards in the prestigious Art Show at the Dog Show held annually in Wichita, Kan.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.kingsportartguild.com.

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