It’s always a pleasant surprise to find out your seemingly ordinary neighbor has led a fascinating life and is full of talents. Columbia resident James Spearman is such a man. His art work, primarily oils on canvas and many of African Americans, is on display this month in the Spring Hill Public Library but he’s been all over the map and worked in a variety of fields before settling down in Tennessee.
Spearman’s life has been full of twists and turns. He plays four different instruments and was in the U.S. Air Force Band. He was a journeyman carpenter, a psychiatric attendant nurse, and a residential and commercial interior designer.
From the work of ten participating artists, his painting was selected as the signature piece for the touring exhibit, “Rock My Soul”.
He’s also been a mentor and consultant for the Arts League of Michigan and, locally, he has conducted art classes in several elementary schools and adult classes for the YMCA ArtEmbrace and Health Healing Art programs.
Spearman paints a variety of subjects: portraits, landscapes, and animals. His work is collected nationally.
You can attend a free art workshop with James Spearman at the Spring Hill Library on Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. To learn more about him, visit his website online, www.jspearmangallery.com.
For more information about the Spring Hill Public Library, go to www.springhilllibrary.org or call 931/486.2932.
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