We are very pleased to announce that the C.E.Blevins Avian Jewels collection has been moved to Audubon Acres in Chattanooga as of 3/19/2016. Audubon Acres will be offering tours on a regular basis. Please see their website: www.chattanoogaaudubon.org/audubonacres.html Telephone: 423-892-1499. Physical address: 900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga TN. 37421 The former location on Blair Road is now being used as a private residence.
C. E. Blevins: retired teacher, missionary, and minister; passed away in November 2012 at age 87. His many experiences brought him to express himself in several ways--he wrote family history, was a resource teacher in Chattanooga public schools, served many years as a Baptist minister, was a missionary to Zambia, Africa after retiring from teaching, started a raspberry farm in Apison, Tennessee, painted numerous watercolors and baptistry scenes in local churches, created clay replicas of natural objects such as plants, animals, fauna, and, became impassioned by making bird eggs-- using clay as his medium, as an exercise in his personal interest in the natural world.
And we have made one of his historic watercolor prints available for purchase thru this site:
An 11"x14" print of his painting done in 1997, signed and numbered by the artist, entitled:
"The Armpstead Blevins Cabin On Parch Corn Creek
In The Center of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area"
with annotations of the Blevins lineage from Jonathan Blevins, early 1700s long hunter
hand written by the artist in the heading of the painting
For those who love Charit Creek Lodge in the Big South Fork and the history of Big South Fork
Or the art and crafts of C.E. Blevins
This print reveals Mr. Blevins' love for Big South Fork and all things Appalachian
to purchase, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Blevins, C. E.'s son and the museum administrator, was recently interviewed for the show "Around and About" on WUTC 88.1. Click here to listen to the story. Many thanks to Julie Steele for her wonderful work, and to David Aborn for his participation in the interview.
A short film about the Learning Center, created by Andy Miller and Emily Simons.