Following the artists’ passion
Published 8:49 pm Saturday, August 8, 2015
Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild is hosting an art exhibit at the Lincoln County Public Library throughout the month of August featuring the artwork of Maxine Minter and Sue Minter.
The public is invited to go by during library hours and enjoy the art of these two talented ladies.
Maxine was born and raised in Jefferson City, Tennessee. After high school she worked as a secretary and eventually ended up at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she met James W. Minter. They were married on Dec. 24, 1948, at “The Little Church Around the Corner” in New York City. They lived in New York for nine years, where Maxine had the opportunity to visit world-class museums, which fed her lifelong desire to paint. After New York, Jim’s job took them to Indianapolis, Indiana, Mawah, New Jersey, twice to Pittsburg among other places. Upon retirement in the late 70s, Jim’s desire to own his own company brought them to Brookhaven. Sadly, Jim passed away in 2004.
They raised two children together, James Jr., who lives in Brookhaven, and Elizabeth, who lives in Arlington, Virginia, and have two grandsons, Rob, a sophomore in High School in Arlington, and Walker, presently an Airman First Class in the U. S. Air Force.
Maxine continues to perfect her art through the occasional workshop and practice, practice, practice.
Sue was born and raised in Southwest Mississippi. She attended Liberty Attendance Center and graduated from Franklin County High School, Southwest Mississippi Community College (back then a Junior College) and holds a Master’s of Education Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught school in Franklin County, at Pascagoula High School and moved to Brookhaven in 1978 to teach.
In 1980 she began work at State Bank and Trust Company and was there for sixteen years. She worked at The Daily Leader for two and then for her husband at B & O Machine and Welding Company for several years before retiring. She and her husband, James, have one son, Walker, who is an Airman First Class in the U. S. Air Force.
Sue began painting only two years ago at the encouragement of her mother-in-law Maxine. Maxine continues to be an inspiration to her both in painting and in life. She is also Sue’s toughest critic and greatest supporter.
A reception honoring the artists will be held on Thursday, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the library. The public is cordially invited to attend.