Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
By: Tom Bluemlein
Tom Bluemlein finds inspiration for his oil landscapes, waterscapes and still lifes virtually everywhere he travels. Yet most of his paintings are created close to home, in the Smoky Mountain region of Eastern Tennessee and the beautiful Ohio Valley woodlands.
Tom finds clouds and fog, with a strong focused light particularly interesting to work with. And no matter what the subject of his paintings, water holds a great deal of significance for him, perhaps suggesting an energy flow. Created with an ethereal touch, Tom’s paintings take the viewer far beyond subject matter; his paintings creates moods.
Tom is a member of several professional art organizations, including Past President of the Cincinnati Art Club, The Indiana Plein Air Painters, past president of the American Impressionist Society, the Ohio Watercolor Society and is a Signature Member of the prestigious Oil Painters of America. He is extremely proud that the Oil Painters of America have selected his painting for their national juried shows for three years running [2004-2006]. Tom was also selected to be in the National Show in 2008 where he was awarded an Award of Excellence for his painting ‘Flight’. Tom was chosen to write the forward for the recently published book by E. Ashley Rooney, 100 Artists of the Midwest. Tom’s paintings are in the corporate collections of Great American Insurance Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Marriott Hotel in Covington, Kentucky and Saint Luke Hospital.He is represented by, Dana Gallery Missoula, Montana andThe Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, Liz-Beth and Co. Knoxville, TN and Guest Artist at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tom and his wife Jonna now make their home in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.
"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.