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Ellen Elmes is a retired teacher of art history and appreciation as well as drawing and painting studio classes at Southwest Virginia Community College. As a professional artist, Ellen is known for her imaginative watercolors and visual renderings of community stories in acrylic murals. Her watercolors are widely exhibited in the Central Appalachians, where she and her husband Don live, and her murals are in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia; as well as other collaborative, community-created murals in Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and at the Allanton Peace Center in Scotland. Ellen’s most recent outdoor mural is Passing the Torch, commissioned by the Centennial Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Johnson City to honor the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Ellen has recently published a book about her work as it has been inspired by living in the Appalachian Mountains—Appalachian Labyrinth: Painting to the Center. More information about the book and pictures of her watercolors and latest mural are available on her website.

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