John Helms About The Artist
John Helms is a native of Memphis, TN and has 40 years experience in fine and graphics arts. He has had his drawings and paintings in many exhibitions and has taught oil, watercolor, and drawing classes at various churches and the Park Commission in the Memphis area. His landscape paintings and prints are in hundreds of private collections throughout the nation. John has had several write-ups in the Commercial Appeal and interviews on local radio and television stations. He is a Viet-Nam Era Vet and received his formal education at Mississippi College, The University of Memphis, and Memphis College of Arts. In 1989, John organized the first “Art For Heart’s Sake Fine Arts Show and Sale” at Oak Court Mall in Memphis, TN. in conjunction with WEZI FM radio. In the same year the Commercial Appeal honored John in President George Bushes’ “1000 Points of Light’ campaign for contributing his limited-edition prints and originals to help fund-raisers of various charities. John is a friend of WKNO TV and has donated many original paintings and prints over the years for their annual Art Auction. John taught Acrylic, Oil, and Watercolor classes for 1 and ˝ years at Michaels Arts & Craft Store in Eastgate Shopping Center, until he was seriously injured in a hit-and run accident in June 2007. He started teaching at Michaels again in 2011 until he quit Michaels in 2016. John Helms currently lives in Memphis, TN. and is now teaching acrylic classes at Hobby Lobby in Collierville, TN. and Olive Branch, MS. John also spends a lot of time perfecting his on-line gallery. His paintings and prints can be seen on the World Wide Web at www.johnhelmsgallery.com
“ I’ve always been interested in nature and animals even as a small child. Trying to interpret it honestly on canvas or paper is always a challenge. I love beautiful, majestic landscapes as well as run-down weathered barns and old rusty trucks left in fields, forgotten with time. Texture, shape, form and color all play an important part in nature. Anybody can throw paint on a canvas and call it “art” but to do justice to nature in a painting is an obligation to interpret it as it really is to the best of their ability. A good painting should communicate to the viewer a story or an emotion without any explanation from anyone else – just the painting and the viewer and silent communication. This communication is what I try to convey in my paintings. My goal in painting is to paint nature with an impressionistic, painterly style. My goal in teaching is to try to help my students develop their own, individual style.
... John Helms
Drawing / Watercolor Instructor: Bellevue Baptist Church,1974-75
Watercolor / Oils Instructor: Memphis Park Commission, 1976
Watercolor Instructor: Private classes at John Helms Studio;1976
Watercolor Instructor: Second Presbyterian Church; 1983
Acrylic, Oil, and Watercolor Instructor at Michaels Arts & Craft Store - Memphis, TN. 2005-2007
Tennessee Watercolor Society: Past member
Southern Watercolor Society: Charter past member
Art Directors Club of Memphis: Past member
Memphis / Germantown Art League: Inactive member
Artist Equity Association: Charter past member
WMC-TV Interview with Peggy Rolfs,1974
WKNO Interview with Bert Hurst on Jazzland, 1978
WEZI-FM Radio campaign for Art For Heart's Sake Show & Sale, 1969
Honored as one of the 1000 Points of light Campaign, The Commercial Appeal, 1989.
Several Radio Interviews & one TV interview on WREG-TV in connection with this campaign.
Several write-ups in the Commercial Appeal about one-man shows, or group shows with other artists.
EXHIBITIONS: One-Man Shows
Bauhaus-West Gallery - Memphis, TN.
Great Expectations Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Helms Fine Art Studio\Gallery- Memphis, TN.
International Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Round Corner Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Art Gallery-East- Memphis, TN.
Hyatt Regency Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Mid-South Art World Gallery,1986- Memphis, TN.
McCord Gallery: Gatlinburg, TN.
Germantown Bank- Germantown, TN.
Randolph Library, Raleigh Branch- Memphis, TN.
Sterick Building Lobby- Memphis, TN.
Sycamore , Overton Square- Memphis, TN.
American Cancer Society Benefit: Town-Two Cinema,1974- Memphis,TN.
EXHIBITIONS: Group Shows
Courtland Gallery - Memphis, TN.
Golden Fleece Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Beal Street Gallery- Memphis, TN.
Checkerberry Shop- Germantown, TN.
Mid-South Fair- Memphis, TN.
Tennessee Watercolor Society: Annual Western Region Show- Memphis, TN.
Tennessee Club- Memphis, TN.
Overton Square Art Auction, 1975,1977- Memphis, TN.
March of Dimes Art Auction \ Sale: Overton Square- Memphis, TN.
Germantown Village Square Mall- Germantown, TN.
Baptist Book Store- Memphis, TN.
Germantown Art League Annual Show- Memphis, TN.
ARTS & CRAFT SHOWS:
Folkfest, '86;'88, \ Mud Island- Memphis, TN.
Germantown Festival, 1986,1987,1988,1989- Germantown, TN.
Oktoberfest '86: Mid-America Mall \ Mud Island- Memphis, TN.
Annual Arts & Crafts Show / Sale: Cook Convention Center,1974- Memphis, TN.
Second Annual Downtown Art Show: Octoberfest,'86- Memphis, TN.
Founder and Chairman, Art For Hearts Sake Show & Sale,1989- Memphis, TN.
Pecan Grove Festival, 1969,'90.'92 - Batesville, MS.
Hernando "Arts on the Square" Festival,1969,'90,'92,'93 - Hernando, MS.
Victorian Village Arts & Crafts Festival, 1987- Memphis, TN.
Memphis Arts Council Mud Island Festival, 1992- Memphis, TN.
Hickory Ridge Mall Autograph signing & Sale Diel's Interiors- Memphis, TN.
Collierville Arts on The Square,1990 - Collierville, TN.
WKNO Art Auction, Several Years- Memphis, TN.
Tennessee Forrest Festival, Boliver, Tn.,1991,'92,'
Sardis, Ms. Fall Festival,1992
Forked Deer Festival, Jackson, Tn.,1991
Daughters of Charity 1st Annual Arts & Crafts Sale, 1990- Memphis, TN.
Cordova, TN. Arts & Crafts Festival,1990,'91,'92- Cordova, TN.
Octoberfest, 1991, '92 - Olive Branch, Ms.
Springfest - Southaven, Ms. ,1992
White Oak Festival - Byhalia, Ms.,1989
A verse to live by:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
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