The artist is a native of Northeast Tennessee, born in Kingsport. She remained in this area through graduation from college, and becoming a resident of Rossville, in northwest Georgia, where she lived until 2002. She then moved to Amelia Island, Florida where she set up her studio in Fernandina Beach. She is now owner of Amelia SanJon Gallery where her studio is located in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Educational and Professional Background
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in education at East Tennessee State University in 1965, she continued her education with workshops under several noted artists, including Wendell Mohr, Judi Betts, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, Jeanne Dobie, Carrie Brown, Carol Barnes, Arne Westerman, Wayne Wu, and Virginia Cobb and Judi Waggoner, Lana Grow, Nicholas Simmons.
The artist was a founding member of the Chattanooga In-Town Gallery, begun in 1974, where she remained a regular participant in stable exhibitions of approximately forty artists until 2002. She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and the Tennessee Watercolor Society. She is a member of the Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts, Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jacksonville Watercolor Society, The Island Art Association of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and The Southern Watercolor Society. The artist is a past President of the Tennessee Watercolor Society and a Regional Director of the Georgia Watercolor Society. She has been selected for Who’s Who in American for several years. Her painting, “Intracoastal Images” was selected in 2004 to be the cover design for the National Watercolor Society’s “Side by Side” Show held jointly with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Her painting was also the cover design for the Tennessee Watercolor Society in 2008. She has her paintings, glass creations and photography on display in her own Gallery/Studio, Amelia SanJon Gallery in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, Florida.
“Primary Colors” Jacksonville Women’s Center Exhibition, Winter of 2009
Cumberland Island Show at Artique Gallery, Lexington Kentucky, Fall of 2008
“Surviving and Thriving Show” at the Jacksonville Women’s Center, 2008
Fogle Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, Five Over Fifty Show, March 2006
First Coast Community Show, Fernandina Beach, August 2006. 2009
Featured Artist P.A.St.A. Gallery, St. Augustine, Florida, September 2005
Featured Artist “Night” Florida Theatre. Jacksonville, Florida 2005
Featured artist at the Springfield Film Festival Show, March 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Group Show, Melt Into Art, Bell South Tower, Jacksonville, Florida November 2004-January 2005, also selected to have an on going show there to continue indefinitely
Piano Expo, Jacksonville, Florida, August, 2004*
The Women’s Center, “Art Lives On”, Jacksonville, Florida 2004
First Coast Community Bank, Fernandina Beach, 2004
Reese Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. One of four women selected for the “Women Artists: A Place of Their Own” show, 2002
Gallery 9, Banner Elk, North Carolina, 2000*
The Art League of Voronezh Exchange Exhibition, Voronezh, Russia (this show toured numerous cities in Russia while there), 1997-99
Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1993*