Mary Ferris Kelly Honored With DAR American Heritage Award For Women In The Arts

Friday, June 20, 2014
Chief John Ross Chapter Regent Teresa Webb Rimer, Mary Ferris Kelly, DAR Women in the Arts Award Winner and Linda Moss Mines, American Heritage Award chairman.
Chief John Ross Chapter Regent Teresa Webb Rimer, Mary Ferris Kelly, DAR Women in the Arts Award Winner and Linda Moss Mines, American Heritage Award chairman.

Lookout Mountain artist Mary Ferris Kelly has been recognized by the Chief John Ross Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the DAR’s highest award in the arts, the American Heritage Award for Women in the Arts. 

Ms. Kelly, a renowned artist with works hanging in the Whitney Museum in New York City, the Smithsonian’s Women Museum in Washington, D.C. and in Tennessee’s Parthenon, has been a producing artist for several decades.  Her works also hang in corporate collections including the Coca-Cola collection, IBM’s collection, RJR Nabisco and Marmot International, to name a few and in numerous private collections in both the United States and abroad.

Often referred to as the “Artist of the Beautiful,” Ms. Kelly works in pencil and pastels, acrylics and oils to produce haunting images of the real world surrounding us and the ideal world of our dreams.  Her abundant works in clay and sculpture have captured the wide range of emotions, from the fleeting serenity of a child to the expectant giggle of a small boy with a frog. Mary Ferris is truly a Renaissance woman and a master of art, especially the art of the “beautiful.”

Ms. Kelly was recognized by the Chief John Ross Chapter of the DAR at its annual June Awards Luncheon by Chapter Regent Teresa Webb Rimer and American Heritage Award chairman, Linda Moss Mines.

Celebrating with Ms. Kelly were her daughters, Woo Kelly and Ferris Kelly Robinson, both of Chattanooga. 


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