FiftyForward hosts 11th Annual Martin Masters Event

FiftyForward hosts 11th Annual Martin Masters Event

For one weekend, the FiftyForward Martin Center will be transformed into an art gallery displaying more than 500 original works of art by more than 40 local and regional professional artists. The eleventh annual Martin Masters event, a fine art sale and exhibit will be held October 14 and 15 located at 960 Heritage Way off Concord Road in Brentwood, Tennessee. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. with plenty of parking accessibility. Parking is accessible and free of charge.


If you’ve never been inside FiftyForward Martin Center, here’s an opportunity to indulge your artistic side and enjoy the rustic stone and wood beauty of the center. Art enthusiasts will have the first opportunity to purchase art and meet the participating artists, including featured artist J.J. Sneed.


The Opening Reception, Friday October14 from 5 to 8:00pm, attendees will enjoy lively music, food and wine sponsored by Grapevine Wine & Spirits and G Catering. The fine arts show and sale continues Saturday, October 15 from 10am to 4pm.  Free admission.


Martin Masters Fine Arts Show and sale continues to grow as it brings very talented artists and our community together. This year’s fine art sale promises an amazing selection of original art including paintings, sculpture, pottery and hand crafted jewelry in all price ranges and styles.  The opportunity to visit with the artists makes selecting artwork a very personal and unique experience,” said Sherry Coss, Associate Director, FiftyForward Martin Center.


This year’s featured artist, J. J. Sneed, was born in Oklahoma and has been a self-taught artist for most of his art career.  His paintings are filled with vivid colors and simple shapes.  The end results of each painting reflects a fun whimsical style. Thanks to his fourth grade teacher who saw potential in his artistic creativity and was willing to invest in him by purchasing a beginners art kit and giving it to him.


Artist quote: “I love to read a good book but I would much rather be painting instead, because each painting tells a story and I get the be the author” J. J. Sneed


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the FiftyForward Martin Center’s annual fund, providing financial support to further expand the Martin Center’s fine arts program, as well as other services including fitness, health and wellness, volunteerism, and lifelong learning.


Established in 1956, FiftyForward enriches the lives of adults 50+ by providing pathways to health, well-being and lifelong learning. For more information about FiftyForward programs and services, please contact Susan Sizemore, FiftyForward Communications Director, at (615) 743-3411 or visit

For more information about the Martin Masters Fine Art Show and Sale, call (615) 376-0102 or go to


Featured Guest: J. J. Sneed

Artist to include:

  • Beth Affolter
  • Frank Baggett
  • Barbara Bays
  • John Cannon
  • Lauren Dunn
  • Ginny Elder
  • John Fisher
  • Kathy Goodhart
  • Nan Gurley
  • Sharon Haas
  • Jann Harrison
  • Stephanie Helmey
  • Bitsy Hughes
  • Joan Jannaman
  • Ron Kegarise
  • Shari Lacy
  • Leslie Lindecker
  • Lisa McReynolds
  • Joanne Miller
  • Paige Morehead
  • Sherri Parrish
  • Sarah Reeves
  • Jade Reynolds
  • Lorna Sanders
  • Jacqueline Saporiti
  • Tony Scott
  • Midge Simpson
  • Dot Small
  • Beverly Basham Smith
  • Jill Smith
  • Streater Spencer
  • David Ward
  • Ron York


  • Al Sherick – Pottery
  • Steve Kaczmarczyk – Sculpture
  • Paula Barnett – Hand Crafted Jewerly


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