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Mike Hannan donates art to Tennessee Wesleyan

April 22, 2015

Local artist Michael Hannan donated 28 pieces of his art to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Visual Art department.

Local artist Michael Hannan donated 28 pieces of his art to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Visual Art department. Hannan, who is originally from Tellico Plains, TN, has been taking photographs and making art since 1970. He bought a camera for his 25th birthday and has been taking photos ever since.

In addition to photography, Hannan also creates silkscreen prints of his photos. He realized people were more interested in the silkscreen prints than they were in the original photographs, and began creating prints of most of his work.

“People then didn’t look at photography as art,” he said, “but of course I always have. I started the silkscreen thing because people didn’t know it was a photograph.”

Between 1980 and 1985, Hannan was commissioned by LaQuinta Motor Inns to create the artwork for their properties. In those five years, he created 44,000 prints for the company.

After creating art for nearly 45 years, Hannan, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, decided to retire and give his works away to colleges around the country.

“I’ve been selling stuff since 1970, and I’m about out of steam,” he said. “My wife and I traveled to 40 of the 48 lower states selling and making works.”

Though he is no longer creating new works, Hannan says the past 45 years have been exceptional.

“I loved doing what I was doing when I started, and it’s just progressed from there,” Hannan said. “It has been an adventure, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

The donated works have an approximate value of $4,200, and are currently on display in Room 110 of Elliott Hall on TWC’s Athens campus.

TWC will hold a reception to celebrate this donation. The reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in room 110 of Elliott Hall.

Tennessee Wesleyan College, founded in Athens, Tenn., in 1857, is a comprehensive liberal arts institution affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The college’s dedicated faculty and staff believe in providing the resources and support students need to become socially responsible, intellectually skilled and spiritually developed members of our community. For additional information about Tennessee Wesleyan College, visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at


Art and Culture Alert from Shea

May 20, 2010

Tomorrow evening 5/21, The Wolverine will make his prime time TV debut on everyone’s favorite TV show….Wife Swap!!!  A ‘must see’ for all Baltans on ABC (8 eastern/7 central).

Who would dare say that television quality has been on a downward slide?



Visit to Bad Aibling

September 11, 2009

Hi guys,

Ty and I arrived in Bad Aibling not too long ago and before checking into the hotel, we drove to the old base to check things out.

We first pulled up to a German guard and gate, and when I asked if this used to be the old American base, he told me to go up the road some more.  He said he thought it was ok for us to look around.

I didn’t know there was a German station there. Was it there in 1968?   We drove up further and found another gate which was open with some ominous looking signs that might have meant private or whatever, but we went in anyway.

The road took us straight to the round domes, which I thought used to be satellite radar dishes. We passed a fairly decent “tennis court” and another one that was completely run down with weeds and grass growing within it.

I took pictures. I’m not sure, but I think your tennis courts may have been the one grown up with weeds. We then drove up the road where the bowling alley, teen center and Commissary used to be, then to the snack bar, and beyond to the barracks.

All in all, I took about 120 pictures, but will have to wait until I get home to upload that amount of photos.

I found the the new hotel that was in the newspaper clipping you sent
me, and there’s a daycare center close to the main entrance. The
main entrance doesn’t have a gate anymore. It looks like they’re
making apartments out of a few of the barracks.

The outside of the snack bar looks the same with the steps and all. The inside of the snack bar is completely renovated, and it looks like they’re making it a bar or something. We didn’t go inside anything except for the snackbar and there were workman there.

Through the windows of one the barrack doors was a big emblem on the wall that read “truth conquers”. Do you remember that?  I tried to get pictures of every building.

Through the windows of the commissary were the same ramps and entrance doors, and the old commissary hours of operation. The teen center looked the same. The officer’s homes close to the main entrance were still intact, but the trees and bushes and grass were overtaking everything.

The flag pole is still there in the green center. Someone mows that green center area. Most of the base is grown up with weeds and looks like its been uninhabited for a long time.

Bad Aibling looks different to me. There are many modern looking
buildings. While traveling around Garmisch, many of the towns looked
very touristy. I don’t remember that from before. It certainly has

We went to where the American hotel was at Eibsee close to
Garmisch. It used to be called the General Walker Hotel. I asked
the girl at the front desk what the history was of their hotel, and
she said that it was an American Hotel up until 1979. Now it’s a
really ritzy place and very posh for the wealthy Germans. I had to
ask permission to go in and take a look around.


If Hog were to write a Facebook song …

July 27, 2009

Listen at your own risk to a funny song on YouTube called “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?”.

If you’re not a Facebooker, you may not get it.  But if you are, it resonates!

Music, music, music

May 27, 2009

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood – Live from Madison Square Garden

Two cd’s worth of “old fart music”, as in songs of Jimi Hendrix, Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith, Robert Johnson, as well as Clapton and Winwood. Clapton’s playing is just plain good; of course EC does the best he can with the vocals, which isn’t shabby.  Winwood’s keyboards and vocal are top notch. A must buy for you older rock and rollers.

Steve Earl – Townes

Steve Earl’s homage to Townes Van Zandt. Wow! A cd of a master playing the music of a master.

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi

New Orleans jazz played so well; songs of Sidney Bechet, “Jelly Roll” Morton, Joe Oliver, Django Reinhardt, T. Monk and Duke Ellington with a couple of traditional songs as well. Just the thing for quiet hot summer nights!!

Doug (Gitt)

Unclaimed property

May 11, 2009


Some of you may already know about your State’s Unclaimed Property program. Whenever a bank, company or even an individual legally owes money or physical property to an individual or company, that entity must turn over the money or property to the State in which the person resided at the time when the transaction took place. There are many situations where this can happen.

An old insurance claim.

Wages owed by a previous employer, like when you worked for McDonald’s when you couldn’t find a job with all your advanced training as a 98C20!

You ordered something from a catalog and never received it and forgot about it, even though you had paid for it.

Recalculated stock dividends.


Everyone should check with your particular State’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property or some such misnomer. I checked mine and found that I was owed over $200 by one of the home shopping channels for something that I had forgotten about.


Photos from MadDog

April 14, 2009

There’s one of me, and I’m also sending you some recent photos of Wally Knox, Sabine Trent (with friend) & Alan Gland.


Shout out to the #1 Steelers fan in Grove City

January 19, 2009

Do we get a massively huge Go Steelers from the #1 fan in Grove City, or what?

John Smoller

Music review from Doug

July 30, 2008

Buddy Guy – Skin DeepSeventy-two years old! “Skin Deep” is his latest. Of course it is butt-kicking electric blues! Eric Clapton goes head-to-head on one cut. Susan Tedeschi sings a fabulous duet on another. Derek Trucks is on a couple. But it is all about Buddy Guy backed up by a good blues band. If this sounds like your king of music, then this is a “must”.

New G.I. Bill Signed by Bush on June 30

July 1, 2008

Hog forwarded this first part from Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America….(note from Dee: Bush also signed a bill yesterday for WAR FUNDING — $162 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, enough to fund the war into next year.)

Dear mike,

Today, history was made.

Just this morning, President Bush signed the new GI Bill into law. Since we are only a few days away from celebrating the 4th of July, this milestone is a fitting way to honor our veterans who have bravely served this nation.

IAVA has led the fight for the new GI Bill from the beginning, and your dedication over the past year and a half ensured that our lawmakers kept it a top priority. Over 20,000 of you called your representatives in Congress, spread the word in your communities and signed the petition Thanks to your hard work, we finally achieved our goal. (more…)