Life’s work to be on display

A retired Lebanon educator will share a lifetime of artwork Saturday. Cumberland University will play host to an art exhibit for alum Gerald Holman, a lifelong Wilson County resident, Saturday from 2-5 p.m. in the Catron Alumni House. Holman’s artwork, including sculptures in ...
Oct 12, 2012
 Photo: Sara McManamy-Johnson

Gerald Holman, Cumberland University alumna, shows one of the stone carvings that will be on display at the Cumberland University alumni house Saturday through Wednesday.

 

A retired Lebanon educator will share a lifetime of artwork Saturday.

Cumberland University will play host to an art exhibit for alum Gerald Holman, a lifelong Wilson County resident, Saturday from 2-5 p.m. in the Catron Alumni House.

Holman’s artwork, including sculptures in stone and cedar, will be on display in the alumni house Saturday through Wednesday.

Holman graduated from Cumberland in 1970 and began a career in education. During the course of his career, he taught algebra and chemistry at Castle Heights Military Academy and The Webb School.

In recent years, Holman became a recipient of Wilson County’s Senior Citizens Awareness Network program. As part of the SCAN program, volunteers visit participating senior citizens to make sure that they are physically OK and have any basic necessities they may need.

As SCAN volunteers visited Holman, he showed them some of his artwork. Those volunteers orchestrated a meeting between Holman and Cumberland.

“You never know what connection you’re going to be able to make or assist people in making,” said Debbie Pare with SCAN.

“We’re pleased with the people of Cumberland University for working with us and getting his art on display,” said Sgt. Don Witherspoon with SCAN.

“I think it’s an accomplishment, being 22 years out from a Parkinson’s diagnosis,” said Holman.

But to Holman, the best part of his work is in the creation.

“My favorite thing is carving them; I’m not so concerned with them once I’m done with them,” said Holman.

Holman will discuss his work at Saturday’s event, and refreshments will be served.

Staff writer Sara Mcmanamy-Johnson may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext 16 or sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com.

 

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