Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe, February 2017

Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

Can y’all believe it is already the middle of February?!? Honestly, where does the time go! Well, I don’t have an answer to that question, but I do have details and photos about Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Art pieces by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). 40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission.

Original art pieces by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). 40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission. LEFT: 4″x4″ red barns from the Quilt Trail series + 4″x4″ white farmhouse from the Farmhouses series. Arranged on a piece of salvaged barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee. These little paintings can be purchased separately or as a set. RIGHT: “EMPTY CHAIR” inspired by how much I love and miss my Granddaddy Fulcher and created for all of us who have an empty chair that makes us smile and cry–sad tears and happy tears. **Stay tuned for more photos and details about “Empty Chair”**

One Acre Café is located at 603 West Walnut Street in downtown Johnson City, TN. The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community. One Acre Cafe utilizes the model provided by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation joining the growing family of more than forty other community cafes across the country. This progressive model is new to the Johnson City area and will be a great addition to the plans for downtown revitalization.

I revealed my latest series "Furbabies" at the "Sit a Spell" exhibition at One Acre Cafe. Meet Matilda, Jazz, Sam, and Cleopatra. More photos and details of these paintings are on my Facebook page. Head on over there, check out all the art, and hit that "Like" button, so you don't miss out on a single thing.

I revealed my latest series “Furbabies” at the “Sit a Spell” exhibition at One Acre Cafe. Meet Matilda, Jazz, Sam, and Cleopatra. More photos and details of these paintings are on my Facebook page. Head on over there, check out all of the art, and hit the “Like” button, so you don’t miss out on a single thing.

One Acre Cafe Mission
… is to nourish the body, replenish the spirit, and grow the community so that all might be fed.

One Acre Cafe Vision
… is to see all of our community members, regardless of their means, dining together and supporting one another in building the strength and health of our community.

"The Smokehouse" by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

“The Smokehouse” by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

“Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge the future.” –Mattie Stepanek

“The Smokehouse”–original painting based on my memories of my parents’ smokehouse and farm. So many of my paintings use paint and canvas to tell stories and to evoke pleasant memories of childhood because we are all stories, and the goal is to make them good ones! 

Floral Gala Extravaganza is happening at Art on the Walls for February. Give your someone special flowers that will last a lifetime. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission + vision.

Floral Gala Extravaganza is happening at Art on the Walls for February. Give your someone special flowers that will last a lifetime. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission + vision.

Deep purples, rich teals, sparkly gold, hints of copper...oh, my! "Floral Series #10" will look stunning on your wall.

Deep purples, rich teals, sparkly gold, hints of copper…oh, my! “Floral Series #10” will look stunning on your wall. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe.** Original art by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)

Everyone needs a "Cheerful Lift." This mixed-media painting was created using a line from a vintage magazine ad, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and acrylics. The bright colors are guaranteed to bring cheer to any room.

Everyone needs a “Cheerful Lift.” This mixed-media painting was created using a line from a vintage magazine ad, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and acrylics. The bright colors are guaranteed to bring cheer to any room. **This mixed-media painting is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

These flowers will never need watering *wink* Acrylic on 6"x6" canvas blocks with palette knife. These florals can be purchased separately are all together on this salvaged barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee.

These flowers will never need watering *wink* Acrylic on 6″x6″ canvas blocks with palette knife. These florals can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee. **Original art by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) + part of the “Floral Gala” on-going series because one can never have too many flowers or too much sparkle.

Is it okay for me to crush on my own art? Because I am totally adoring this vertical arrangement of red barns + one farmhouse!

Is it okay for me to crush on my own art? Because I am totally adoring this vertical arrangement of red barns + one farmhouse! **Art by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)**

Another fabulous arrangement of red barns + one white farmhouse. These 4"x4" canvas block paintings can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of wood from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee.

Another fabulous arrangement of red barns + one white farmhouse. These 4″x4″ canvas block paintings can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of wood from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee.

I'm totally crushing on the red barns in Northeast Tennessee, and my "Quilt Trail" series shows how much I adore their character and stories + "The Smokehouse" is not only filled with strong color, but also strong stories of hard work and value.

I’m totally crushing on the red barns in Northeast Tennessee, and my “Quilt Trail” series shows how much I adore their character and stories + “The Smokehouse” is not only filled with strong color, but also strong stories of hard work and value.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took at look at the “Sit a Spell” exhibition, Art on the Walls for February, at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee. I enjoy creating art, but I enjoy it so much more when it can be part of such a wonderful cause and mission. If you are in the Northeast Tennessee area, make plans to have lunch at One Acre Cafe and sit a spell with the art + there are many awesome things to do around here–from biking the Tweetsie Trail to shopping for antiques!

This mixed-media painting as been a work-in-progress. It has undergone many changes since it was first exhibited in October at One Acre Cafe and since I wrote about it on the blog. Click here to see the first draft of this painting + stay tuned to why it has been transformed.

This mixed-media painting has been a work-in-progress. It has undergone many changes since it was first exhibited in October at One Acre Cafe and since I wrote about it on the blog. Click here to see the first draft of this painting + stay tuned to why it has been transformed.

 

 

“Story of Personal Struggle”–On a Mission to Accept and Tell the Truth

Zooming in on the details of "Story of Personal Struggle"--an original painting overlaid with pretty paper and phrases from vintage magazine ads. (This painting is the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn, and there are no prints of it. It is currently on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October, and it is available for purchase with 40% of the proceeds going to One Acre Cafe in Johnson City.)

Zooming in on the details of “Story of Personal Struggle”–an original painting overlaid with pretty paper and phrases from vintage magazine ads. (This painting is the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn, and there are no prints of it. It is currently on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October, and it is available for purchase with 40% of the proceeds going to One Acre Cafe in Johnson City.)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to home improvement projects. Today on the blog, we are taking an up-close look at one of the art pieces in the “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee + finding out why I created it.

Art on the Walls for the month of October is "Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit" featuring rich texture, bold color, and shimmering metallics.

Art on the Walls for the month of October is “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” featuring rich textures, bold colors, and shimmering metallics.

Before I delve further into the inspirations and the whys for my paintings and the meanings of them + why I sign my art SassyHat, I need to make a few confessions because in order to fully understand my art (for me to fully understand my own art), I must get it all out on the table (well, the blog).

I have come to realize the following:  It is never easy to admit inadequacies…imperfections. It is never easy to admit lack of knowledge or coolness. It is never easy to leave a secure job and follow the dream. It is easy to judge others (by our own set of standards). It is easy to find excuses when we do not like something or we just don’t want to do something (instead of just telling the truth). It is easy to dislike (hate) those who are “different” from ourselves.

However, if we truly want to be happy…if we truly want to be free from the burden of self-doubt…if we truly want to live by the quotes and Scriptures we post on social media–we have to overcome our fears of rejection, failure, those who are “different” from us, and what people think of us. Now, it is easy (really, really easy) to say “I don’t let what people say bother me.” or “My faith is greater than my fear.”–Yes, it is easy to post (repost, regram, retweet) quotes about believing she could, so she did and about confidence being something you create within yourself….Yes, it is easy to change our profile pictures to support this cause or that cause (without ever getting our hands dirty or letting go of a dollar). Bless our souls! It is easy preaching, but hard living.

"Story of Personal Struggle" is an original mixed media on canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). It is 11 x 14 inches, and it is a mix of soft (lightly painted colors) and bold textured colors + pretty paper. The original free verse poem was created using phrases from early 1960s magazine ads.

“Story of Personal Struggle” is an original mixed media on canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). It is 11 x 14 inches, and it is a mix of soft (lightly painted colors) and bold textured colors + pretty paper. The original free verse poem was created using phrases from early 1960s magazine ads.

Now, confession time.

  1. I am not a trained artist, and I did not study art in college; however, I did take a couple of required fine art electives. (I’m totally admitting that I lack knowledge and training. I am admitting I am self-taught, and I watch a lot of artists on YouTube.)
  2. I do not know fancy, schmancy art jargon, but I do know how to use Google and a thesaurus.
  3. My degree is in German and International Business, and I taught English, German, Spanish, and Latin for many years (from private to public + homeschooled my daughter her last couple of years of high school). I do not have the time or enough coffee to explain how I went from International Business to teacher to artist *wink* (I admit I walked away from a secure job to pursue art.)
  4. I grew up on a small farm in the middle of nowhere in Mississippi. For a long time, I was embarrassed (perhaps ashamed) of  being from the country and all the things my parents made and did for my siblings and myself (like my mom making a lot of my clothes and my dad repurposing my brother’s old bike into a bike for me). I didn’t learn this shame until I went to school in town with all the kids from town. The teasing by my fellow students and even the teachers was endless; however, my parents encouraged me, and my creative adventures gave me a break from the realities of the world. What were these creative adventures? Well, just to name one–back in my early elementary school days, I had a pet rock business. I painted and named over 50 rocks…sold a few on the school bus and the playground. I was doing pretty well until the school bus and playground rules changed, and those changes pretty much shut my small business down *wink* I admit I am no longer embarrassed of my roots. Instead, I am embarrassed for the ones who bullied me and called me names. AND if they are reading this, I beg them to use a thesaurus or Google to find more creative names for me *giggles*
  5. I still have no idea what I am doing or what I want to do with my life, but art gives me the freedom to recreate myself with every brushstroke and to tell stories I am afraid to speak.

Now, my “confessions” were not written for sympathy or to imply that being bullied shaped my character. They were listed to show the power of personal struggle and to explain why I am still afraid to write the story (the emotion, the sadness I feel when I witness hate).

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This mixed media piece is dedicated to so many strong women I have admired and have personally known over the years, by “R.” a precious woman who struggled to find herself and bravely admitted who she is to her family and friends, and by women I have never met like Susan B. Anthony (and all the women who fought for a woman’s right to vote and the ones who are fighting for women’s rights today), Ida B. Wells, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, and the list could go on and on….

Why did I create Story of Personal Struggle + why is it so happy and fun (when struggles are the exact opposite of happy and fun)? Those questions aren’t as easy to answer as I would like for them to be because I fear bullies (cyberbullies, Facebook trolls, the “cool” kids from high school that still might find me and make fun of me and tell me that my ideas are stupid and I am a weirdo and I am going to hell because I “support” something they don’t believe in….I digress.) Where was I? Oh, yes. Why did I create Story of Personal Struggle? 

Well, because we (as a society) must stop categorizing personal struggles, we must stop comparing personal struggles, we must stop dismissing someone’s personal struggle because we don’t understand it or we just want to state a generic solution (like “all lives matter”–when in reality “no lives matter because it is simply “life”–we must treasure a life before we can treasure lives), because I am tired of the mean and hateful things people say on social media (especially Facebook), because R. deserves the chance to work out her own identity without being bullied or hateful things being said to her, and because we cannot change the world by screaming at people and telling them they are going to hell because of this or that.

Top: "Let There Be Love" Bottom: "Story of Personal Struggle" Why do y'all think I put these two together in the exhibit? Please feel free to comment on the blog or on my Facebook page. I promise I will delete and/or block any mean comments or trolls *wink*

Top: “Let There Be Love”
Bottom: “Story of Personal Struggle”
Why do y’all think I put these two together in the exhibit? Please feel free to comment on the blog or on my Facebook page. I promise I will delete and/or block any mean comments or trolls *wink*

Bless! I could go on all day about why I created Story of Personal Struggle and the people who inspired it, but I want y’all to sit a spell and look carefully at it and discuss it with your friends over a good pot of coffee. I want y’all to open your hearts to every life (start with one person who is a different religion than you or a different race and/or ethnicity than you…build that one life into two lives…into three…into four…until you begin to see and understand through their eyes and hearts–until you truly understand the stories of those personal struggles).

Why is this art piece so happy and fun? Because there is hope of a brighter future. Because the world needs more color and fun. Because the world needs more happy, loving people (not those who say they are happy or post they are happy, but ones who are truly happy and loving–those who have accepted the world is made up of different colors, different sounds, different ideas….).

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took an up-close look at Story of Personal Struggle and chatted about why I created it. To be honest, it was not easy trying to put my creation into words….I struggled trying to explain the purpose….Even now, I am wondering how many of my Facebook friends will read this and “unfriend” me…how many messages I will get asking me my political views….Well, bless it! I will just send them right back to Story of Personal Struggle and see if they can answer their own questions *wink*

**p.s. Be sure to come back tomorrow to find out why I sign my art SassyHat and to take an up-close look at The Story Grows.

I have always been a little spit fire.

I have always been a little spit fire. And yes, I am pretty certain I cut and fixed my own hair *giggles*

 

“Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City

"Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit" is the "Art on the Walls" at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the proceeds from the SassyHat Exhibit will be donated to One Acre Cafe.

“Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” is the “Art on the Walls” at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the proceeds from the SassyHat Exhibit will be donated to One Acre Cafe.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to special events and happenings. Today on the blog, we are chatting about “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee + the awesome mission of One Acre.

100% of the proceeds from the One Acre Cafe sign designed and created by Stan Hathorn will be donated to One Acre Cafe + 40% of the proceeds from the paintings by SassyHat will be donated to the One Acre Cafe.

100% of the proceeds from the One Acre Cafe sign designed and created by Stan Hathorn will be donated to One Acre Cafe + 40% of the proceeds from the paintings by SassyHat will be donated to the One Acre Cafe. **All artworks are originals with no prints available and the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn**

One Acre Café is located at 603 West Walnut Street in downtown Johnson City, TN. The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community. One Acre Cafe utilizes the model provided by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation joining the growing family of more than forty other community cafes across the country. This progressive model is new to the Johnson City area and will be a great addition to the plans for downtown revitalization.

One Acre Café offers our community healthy and nutritious food in a warm and inviting space. There are suggested donations for those who can pay or pay it forward and the ability to volunteer in exchange for a meal for those who cannot. Our café offers a passionate, skilled chef who works with local farmers to produce amazing cuisine.

You are the staff! Our volunteers are integral to running the day to day operations of One Acre Café. Whether you are volunteering for your meal or simply giving your time, it is the “coming together” of community that creates the heart of the café.

"Historic Tree Streets" sign made from reclaimed barn wood in Washington County, Tennessee. This sign was designed and created by Stan Hathorn with 100% of the proceeds from this sign going to One Acre Cafe.

“Historic Tree Streets” sign made from wood salvaged from Washington County, Tennessee. This sign was designed and created by Stan Hathorn with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this sign going to One Acre Cafe.

"Art on the Walls" for the month of October at One Acre Cafe. **All artistic works are original, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

“Art on the Walls” for the month of October at One Acre Cafe. **All artistic works are originals, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

Sit a Spell—a SassyHat Exhibit is not about one subject. Instead, it is about the need for people to slow down and enjoy the simple things—like a good cup of coffee or an uninterrupted conversation with no technology in sight. It is about feeling a warm blast of sunlight or remembering summertime on Grandpa’s farm. It is about sitting a spell and finding all the reasons to be happy.

This collection of artistic works by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) will be on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. The radiant colors, rich textures, and metallic touches of the paintings beckon the audience to stay awhile and enjoy a good meal with friends while chatting about the references, which are not readily available from observation alone; but, instead, they are gleaned from discussions from those observing the art on the walls. 

Left to Right: The Happy Rooster, Red Cliffs Sunset, Tobacco Barn, and Solace of Beauty **all artistic works are originals with no prints available, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

Left to Right: The Happy Rooster, Red Cliffs Sunset, Tobacco Barn, and Solace of Beauty **all artistic works are originals with no prints available, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

"Tobacco Barn" was inspired by all the hardworking tobacco farmers of the past and present. It's a reflection of the impact tobacco had on the economy and growth of early America (tobacco was the most important cash crop, so much so that the colonists used it as legal currency in Maryland and Virginia) and how this labor intensive crop led to the increase in slave trade. "Tobacco Barn" is rich with symbolism and beckons its audience to begin a conversation...it wants to spark debates. "Tobacco Barn" reminds its audience that hard work (and greed) built this country and asks questions like "Who really reaped the tobacco harvests?" and "What does it mean to 'stand for freedom'?". This original painting by Chasidy Fulcher Hathorn (SassyHat) is 20 x20 inches and is on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe, 603 West Walnut Street, Johnson City.

“Tobacco Barn” was inspired by all the hardworking tobacco farmers of the past and present. It’s a reflection of the impact tobacco had on the economy and growth of early America (tobacco was the most important cash crop, so much so that the colonists used it as legal currency in Maryland and Virginia) and how this labor intensive crop led to the increase in slave trade. “Tobacco Barn” is rich with symbolism and beckons its audience to begin a conversation…it wants to spark debates. “Tobacco Barn” reminds its audience that hard work (and greed) built this country and asks questions like “Who really reaped the tobacco harvests?” and “What does it mean to ‘stand for freedom’?”.
This original painting by Chasidy Fulcher Hathorn (SassyHat) is 20 x20 inches and is on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe, 603 West Walnut Street, Johnson City.

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

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Since Chasidy was a child, she has loved sparkly things, rusty treasures, and vivid storytelling. Artistry and woodworking is in her blood. From watching her granddaddy craft a small log cabin for her sister to watching her dad build furniture and turn wood, Chasidy has taken those precious moments and incorporated them into her art. Back in the day, her mom was a fabulous seamstress, DIYer (way before Pinterest made it cool), and cake decorator (way before TV made it cool). Yes, creating is in her blood, and she had no choice but to set her creative energy and imagination free.

Chasidy, a native of Mississippi, has been living in Johnson City, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and three four-legged children since April 2014. When she is not in her art studio creating, she is volunteering at the McKinney Center, taking art and gardening classes, blogging her random adventures and projects on her blog Sweet Sorghum Living, and exploring the areas around her looking for junky treasures and inspiration for her art.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. Be sure to come back to the blog tomorrow as we take a closer look at some of the paintings of the “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” + stay tuned for an upcoming post on this year’s fall front porch. For more photos and updates, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sneak peek of the front porch all gussied up for fall.

Sneak peek of the front porch all gussied up for fall.