Artists Showcase dedicated to Lorraine Hancock Weston ('34)

From the director's chair

By MARY LODGE


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The smell of oil and acrylic
paint is in the air as artists,
young and old, get ready for
the 22nd annual Community Artists' Showcase.
Preparations are being made
at Lee School Academy for the
Arts for what hopes to be the
best yet.

The Paris-Henry County Arts
Council provides the exhibition
free of charge to the public.
This year's showcase is sched-
uled Nov. 6-23. Hours will be
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fri-
days, and 10 a.m.-noon Satur-
days thanks to many Friends of
the Arts volunteers.

Informative tours by local
artists are scheduled to be
given to hundreds of school
children and other interested
groups.

This year's Artist Showcase
is a tribute to the art of Lor-
raine Weston. Mrs. Weston's
children shared this bit of his-
tory of their mother.
"Things have a way of work-
ing out for the best" is Mrs.
Weston's personal philosophy
of life, and one she shared
often with others as encourage-
ment.

She was born Annie Lor-
raine Hancock on Oct. 2, 1916,
daughter of Annie Matt Rowe
Hancock and Hervey Hooper
Hancock.



She grew up in the Rowe
community just north of Paris.
She attended a one room
schoolhouse at which her
father taught and graduated
from Grove High School (1934).
At Grove she was on the first
girls' basketball team (1931-
1932 school year). The girls
practiced outside and had their
games in tobacco barns. Fire
barrels were placed at each end of the
barn to provide heat in the cold
weather.

One of her most prized pos-
sessions was a silver basketball
necklace she won in a district
basketball contest for the most
free throws; scoring 29 out of
30 baskets. She went on to
play basketball for Memphis
State College, now University
of Memphis, and majored in
education.
Upon returning to Paris,
however, instead of teaching
she began working full time
at Tayloe-Hancock Paint and
Glass Store in which her father
had recently partnered with Ed
Tayloe Sr.

Mrs. Weston worked more
than 65 years, until she was 87,

at the business, with partner Ed
Tayloe Jr. When the business
split to become two stores,
Tayloe-Hancock Paint Store
and Tayloe-Hancock Glass
store, Mrs. Weston became
owner of the paint store with
her daughter, Terri.

Over the years she received
honors which included Out-
standing Business Woman
of the Year and Who's Who
Among American Business and
Professional Women.

She was married to Owen
Weston for more than 50 years.
Their family includes three
children: Owen Weston, an
art teacher in Knoxville, Terri
Weston, and Lorri Weston
Hudson; and three grandchil-
dren: Annie Kate, Mary Joe
and Maggie Hudson.



Mrs. Weston's hobbies
included writing an extensive
family genealogy and collect-
ing antique dolls. But it is the
hobby she took up later in life
that caught the attention of the
Arts Council.

At the age of 65, Mrs.
Weston began to paint using
watercolors. Several people
met at the paint store once a
week for night art lessons led
by Tim Pafford.

She entered several of her
paintings in state and local
exhibits and won awards for
her art.

Her watercolors of historical
buildings and sites in Henry
County are favorites of many
people. Prints other painting of
Grove School are cherished in
many homes in Paris and Henry
County as well as throughout
the United States, Canada,
England and even in the Capi-
tol building in Nashville.

Mrs. Weston was one of the
leaders of the Hancock Fine
Arts Trust which was given
to the Paris Special School
District.

When her grandfather, Aza-
riah Hancock, died he had left
land for a school or a church.
When the city of Paris bought
the land, the money went to all
the heirs of Azariah.
Mrs. Weston wrote letters to
every descendant convincing
them to donate their inheritance
to the Hancock Fine Arts Trust.
The interest on this trust is
used for fieldtrips and spe-
cial performances concerning
the arts in the Paris Special
School District. Since 1987,
the schools in the PSSD have
received more than $69,000 to
sponsor a variety of art events
for the students.
At 88 years of age, Mrs.
Weston currently lives at
Paris-Manor Nursing Center.
She was delighted to see that
a print of her Grove painting is
on display there.

Reprinted from  The Paris Post-Intelligencer  
Paris, Tennessee
October 27, 2005  Edition

 

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Lorraine Weston was painter, longtime business owner

Lorraine Hancock Weston, who died at age 91 on Thursday in Paris, was a painter and longtime Paris businesswoman.

Sixty-five was a special number for her. She worked at the family business for 65 years and then at the age of 65 she began to paint with watercolors.
Her paintings won awards and were hung in historical buildings including the state Capitol in Nashville.
Her work, “E.W. Grove, Henry County High School, circa 1934 by Lorraine Weston, 1984,” was a particular favorite. Five hundred lithographs of the painting were produced and 475 went to admirers in the United States. Her paintings also found their way to Canada and England.

The 2005 Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s Community Artists Showcase was noted as a tribute to Weston.

Born north of Paris, Weston grew up in the Rowe community. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, with her father working as the teacher. She graduated from Grove High School.
She was a member of Grove’s first girls’ basketball team, which practiced outside and played games in tobacco barns. Fire barrels were employed to provide heat for the games.

In a Post-Intelligencer article in 2005, a family member said a silver basketball necklace was one of her most prized possessions. She won the necklace for making the most free throws, 29 of 30 shots, during a district basketball contest.

She later played basketball at Memphis State College, where she majored in education.

In 1942 she married Owen Weston. They were married 52 years, before his death in 1995.
Following her formal education, Weston went to work full-time at Tayloe-Hancock Paint and Glass Store, which was co-owned by her father and Ed Tayloe Sr. She remained at the establishment for 65 years until she was 87 years old.

In the latter years of her business career, she and Ed Tayloe Jr. owned and operated Tayloe-Hancock in downtown Paris. When it split, Weston operated the paint business, with Tayloe running the glass store.
For her work in business, she received Outstanding Business Woman of the Year and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Business & Professional Women.

Weston’s grandfather, Azariah Hancock, left land for a school or church in Henry County. When the city of Paris bought the land, money went to his heirs.
Lorraine Weston persuaded descendents to donate their inheritance to the Hancock Fine Arts Trust. The trust helped fund field trips and special performances concerning the arts for the Paris Special School District.

Reprinted from  The Paris Post-Intelligencer  
Paris, Tennessee
February 8, 2008  Edition

 

 

 

Proud to be a citizen of Mrs. Weston’s county

Editorial by Bill Williams

Hancock Trust creator was a recognized artist
Lorraine Weston was one of those people who make you proud to be a Henry Countian.
Born into an old Henry County family and a life-long resident, she had roots deep into the community she loved. She found a lot of ways to make it better.

The arts became a late-discovered passion. At the age of 65, she took up painting with watercolors, and quickly became a recognized artist. Her Grove High School painting is easily the most recognized depiction of the school’s signature Tower building.

She was not satisfied just to produce original art works, however. Her ongoing legacy is the Hancock Fine Arts Trust, which annually provides funds for field trips and special performances for students in Paris Special School District.

She persuaded her relatives to establish the fund with proceeds from the sale of land that her grandfather, Azariah Hancock, had donated for use as a school or church.

She may have held the local record for longevity in business. At the age of 22, she went to work in her father’s firm, Tayloe-Hancock Paint and Glass Store, and remained there for 65 years.
Mrs. Weston was a personal link from the days of one-room schools to modern times. For a long, long time, she was a positive force in our community.

Reprinted from  The Paris Post-Intelligencer  
Paris, Tennessee
February 11, 2008  Edition

 

SEE  MRS.  WESTON'S   OBITUARY

 

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