published Friday, September 28th, 2012

Chattanooga Town Talk

FUNDRAISER

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Women of Distinction Awards, said Shirley Cudabac, development director with the American Lung Association in Tennessee.

Cudabac is asking the community to submit nominations of women who have "distinguished themselves within their family, career and community."

The event, which benefits the American Lung Association of Tennessee, is a Chattanooga tradition that honors one Tennessee Woman of Distinction, plus 10 of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished women, she said.

Nomination forms are available by calling 629-1098 or may be downloaded at alatn.org. Nominations are due Nov. 14. Cudabac said forms need to be faxed to 629-0054 or emailed to scudabacalatn@midlandlung.org or mailed to the American Lung Association of Tennessee, 1466 Riverside Dr., Chattanooga 37406.

Lynda Minks Hood is chairing the event that will be April 30 at the Chattanooga Convention Center Ballroom.

This event benefits the American Lung Association in Tennessee and its mission to prevent lung disease and promote lung health, according to Cudabac.

"Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States today. In Tennessee, more than 814,000 children and adults are affected by lung disease such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer," she said.

Proceeds from the event help fund medical research, advocacy and education here and nationwide and ensure clean air and healthy lungs for all Tennesseans.

EAR TO THE GROUND

The Athens Area Council for the Arts will host "The Art of Still Life," a juried art competition and exhibit at The Arts Center in Athens from Nov. 6 to Jan. 4.

According to a news release, more than $1,200 in prize money will be awarded in three divisions: high school, college and open.

Two- and three-dimensional works in all media are acceptable. All works are to depict inanimate objects in a still-life composition. Sponsors include Community Artists League, Mitchell and Becky Bryant, Citizens National Bank, Domino's Pizza, Top Notch Printing Co., Toneeke Henderson and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The goal of the show is to utilize the still-life tradition while pushing the boundaries of what comprises a still-life, said Pat Armstrong, the center's program director. "We seek a fresh and relevant interpretation of a time-honored convention that will allow regional artists to offer their unique vision based on what still-life means to them. The purpose of this competition is to challenge the artist to step outside the bounds of the traditional or to take the traditional to a new level."

The competition is open to anyone residing in McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Bradley counties, regardless of artistic experience or expertise. All are encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit athensartscouncil.org or call 423-745-8781.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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