Jack Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project. He has become one of Knoxville’s most popular writers and its unofficial historian. Jack is well known for his thoughtful, well-researched, and provocative pieces of long-form journalism, not to mention his books, speeches, and other public appearances...
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I would walk to ms Brice house on groner where she would give me private lessons in her sunroom porch using tempera paint. She was retired at that point. I was in elementary school or middle and I would enjoy her house full of canvases everywhere and I would help with light housework. My parents and ms Brice were friends. My first art teacher. She passed away a year or so later. I continue to paint and to teach art myself. Only recently did I learn she lived such a full and creative life during a time when her gifts and talents had limited venues. She was a very kind and caring woman I remember.