Artist Becky Guinn at WSCC
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October 24, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Artist Becky Guinn never thought about doing anything but art and art education – even after she woke up from a rather routine surgery to learn she no longer had arms or legs.
Guinn will share her story with Walters State students at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The public is invited and the event is free.
For Guinn, a medical reaction turned a routine surgery into a nightmare, causing her to lose all four limbs. Still, she returned to her full-time high school art teaching position just seven months after quadruple amputations. And she started painting much sooner.
Guinn, who lives in Alabama, had a very widespread reputation as a good artist before the surgery in 2003 and she was eager to paint again. Her husband has family in East Tennessee and Guinn has often vacationed in the area, with Panther Creek State Park a favorite place for family reunions.
Guinn retired from teaching in 2008, but she’s still doing plenty of work.
She volunteers with “Hooked on Art,” a program that integrates art into other disciplines of study from kindergarten through high school. The program is particularly timely, she noted, as many school systems are cutting art budgets.
Guinn will speak about her life experience and share her artwork at Walters State’s International Lyceum, located in the Student Services Building on the Morristown campus.
Tickets or reservations are not required. For more information on her appearance at Walters State, contact the Office of Student Affairs at (423) 318-2347.