FARRAGUT - Art brought them together.
Jeannette Dumas: an accomplished musician, artist and gallery owner.
"She had painted long before I met her. She painted florals, primarily. She did other things but florals were her thing, so I quit painting anything to do with flowers. I figured one of us was enough at a time. I don't need to be competing with her and vice versa," her husband Alex Dumas explained.
Alex Dumas: a prolific painter for more than 60 years. He's also a World War II veteran and was in the Tennessee State Guard where he met men who fought in Korea and Vietnam and learned their stories.
"I've been working on my war series. I've completed 83. I have 11 of them in the East Tennessee Historical Society in their permanent collection. I had one recently, well a year-and-a-half ago, accepted for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Ga. That's one of the top museums in the country for military. Anyway, I still have 60 I am looking for a home for," he said.
Jeannette left home for memory care when Alex could no longer take care for her. She had Alzheimer's. She died in 2008.
"I came across four paintings that Jeanette had done. And I said wow, these would make great limited edition prints for - not limited edition but note cards for CADES," he said.
"Jeannette thought CADES was special and I've just been supporting it ever since," he said.
CADES is a licensed daytime program for seniors who need care, social contact and supervision because of either physical or mental functioning impairments. It started just a few years before Jeannette died and she never attended the program, but she admired it, just like people admire the note cards featuring her art.
"They've sold absolutely beautifully. People love them," Alex Dumas said. "Grown men that are ordinarily real he-men say 'Wow, I like that.'"
He likes that reaction to Jeannette's art and knowing it helps a program they both believe in.
"There's four in a pack and they sell for $5 and all the proceeds go to support CADES," he said.
The note card sales at the church support CADES and so does The Harvest Moon Folk Fest on Oct. 16. The concert, dessert and silent auction event at the church benefits CADES.
What: Harvest Moon Folk Fest with concert, dessert and silent auction
Where: Concord UMC in Farragut
When: Sunday Oct. 16, doors open at 6 p.m.
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