Okay – so we all needed a bit of downtime after our fabulous Class of 1969 50th Reunion. I hope you’re all rested up because it’s time to get back on track with getting to know each other. Obviously, not everyone got to visit with each other at the reunion so we’re devoting a new addition to our blog. “Spotlight” will give us a chance to find out what you’ve been up to for the past 50 years.
Special thanks to Neverne Covington for being our first “Spotlight Class of 1969 Graduate!” You’re going to love getting to know her and experiencing her special talents. Be sure to visit her website. Her work is amazing! Nancy
Spotlight on Neverne Covington…
Neverne Covington’s drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture explore childhood, language, landscape, memory, and the Gothic south. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Brevard Museum of Art, The Florida Museum for Women Artists the State Capital, and various venues throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
She recently returned from an artist residency at the VCCA Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. She has taught art at Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College, and the International Academy of Design and Technology. She currently teaches at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
She has illustrated the book, Helen Keller, Courage in the Dark for Random House, Soulmates for Penguin Putnam, two cookbooks for the Harvard Commons Press and 2 books of bible stories for Zondervan Publishing in addition to over 85 book covers for most of the major publishers.
Covington was born in Laurelton, New York, grew up in Florida, and attended City & Guilds College in London, England and graduated from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
The work featured here is in an exhibit at the Morean Art Center 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida, opening July 11th 2019. The theme of the exhibit, “This is me” is self-portraiture and it is open to all members. Each artist was asked to title the work and to include one word which best describes themselves.
My title is a riff on the cult movie “The Three Faces of Eve.” My title is “The Many Faces of Neve.” It is 37″ X 13″ charcoal on paper. The word I used to describe myself is “Instinctive.”
Also, a funny thing I might add is that most viewers have my art in their refrigerators.
I did all of the painting on the Fresh Express salad packages and the fruit on Eddy’s Sherbet, and most of the botanicals on the Smith and Hawkin products at Target.
It’s been almost fifty years since our graduation from Dixie Hollins High School and we certainly have some catching up to do.
Over the years we’ve gone into different vocations. Many of us became teachers or worked closely with students of all ages. Those who didn’t may have fond memories of a teacher who inspired you to enter your chosen field.
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th through May 10th, 2019. Do you have a fond teachable moment or a favorite teacher memory you’d like to share? If so, click on “reply” to share. We’d love to hear it!
That said, here’s special appreciation to all teachers past and present – especially those who realize(d) the true meaning of education as espoused by Sydney Smith…
THE REAL OBJECT OF EDUCATION
“The real object of education is to give children resources that will endure as long as life endures; habits that time will ameliorate, not destroy; occupation that will render sickness tolerable, solitude pleasant, age venerable, life more dignified and useful, and death less terrible.” Sydney Smith