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Unique “Hughes Art Show” Showcases Six Family Artists

A unique art exhibit,  the Hughes Art Show, will be presented by the Memphis Botanic Garden October 4-31, 2016, with an opening reception Wednesday, October 12th from 5-8 p.m.

The original Hughes Art Show at the Memphis Botanic Garden broke all records for sales and attendance there, a record that still stands.

It features the talents of an artistic Tennessee family, originally all from Memphis:  three siblings, the daughter of one, their first cousin and her daughter. They are siblings Dr. Allen Hughes of Memphis, Anne Hughes Sayle of Memphis, Jane Hughes Coble and her daughter Anne Hightower Trainer of Nashville, cousin Nancy Hughes Coe of Memphis, and her daughter Elizabeth Coe Wade of Nashville.  Quite an assemblage, as all are accomplished artists and three have been published as well.

Dr. Hughes, an avid outdoorsman, has a national reputation as a wildlife artist.  He is the only artist ever to win top honors at the National Wildlife Art Show in both painting and woodcarving, a feat he has accomplished twice.  His work has appeared on the cover of or in over 40 publications; he has won numerous competitions, including the Tennessee and Mississippi Waterfowl Stamps; he was selected to do the initial Quail Unlimited stamp and print set and later their 15th Anniversary print, and most of his over fifty Limited Edition prints have sold out.

Anne Hughes Sayle, an oil painter, watercolorist, and ceramist, is now also creator of large liturgical wall hangings.   She has her Masters in Fine Arts, teaches privately as well as at the college level, and has had many shows, portrait commissions and awards, including the Memphis Arts in the Parks competition. Recently she created a 7 x 10 foot and three different 6 x 8 foot intricate quilted and embroidered fabric panels for churches in Mississippi, Arkansas and The Hutchison School Chapel.  Currently she has designed and painted the needlepoint canvases to become kneelers for the chapel at Trezevant Manor.

Jane Hughes Coble has had numerous individual and group shows, had her first major drawing published in a magazine, was selected to have one of the three paintings to be published in a book, and was juried into the Best and Brightest Art Show in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as other honors.  Founder of the Nashville Harding Academy Art Show, she was the first chairman to expand the student show to include area artists.  This is widely considered the first show of its kind and the model for all the similar shows we now see .  Her works are in several galleries and in collections across the country and abroad.

Anne Hightower Trainer began her career with portrait commissions at the age of sixteen, and architectural renderings for a Nashville firm while still in high school. She continued her art education at the University of Virginia,  and has had several one-woman shows and participated in numerous others.  She has also done custom design work for Warner Parks and Harpeth Hall events in Nashville.  Her new paintings include several large ones on commission, and her works are in private collections across the country.

Nancy Hughes Coe’s love of art came from her mother Nell Jones Hughes, who was a painter and sculptor.  Nancy graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in Art History and studied for her Masters in Art History at Temple University.  She paints in watercolor, casein, acrylic and gouache, and has several paintings out in limited edition prints.  She has exhibited in a dozen shows and has received numerous private commissions.  Her works are in collections in several states.

Professionally trained graphic designer Elizabeth Coe Wade creates art in watercolor, acrylic and ceramics.  Her mother, Nancy Hughes Coe, instilled a love of art from an early age.  She recently completed an architectural watercolor commissioned in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and three children.


Fred Rawlinson Art Show -  Atelier Artists

October 4 - November 1

This exhibit is open to the public and free to view in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All exhibited work for sale.
Call 636-4100 for information.


The Fratelli's Cafe Gallery monthly art exhibits are on display in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery during cafe hours. Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We love for you to stop in and have a look even if you are not dining at the cafe! If you want to give the artist feedback don't hesitate to find the art event posting on Memphis Botanic Garden's Facebook page and post your comment. We are happy to connect you with the artist and pass your feedback along. Enjoy!

All exhibited pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds directly benefiting the garden's art, education and horticulture programs. 





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