Art Spirit Group
(This section is dedicated to the memory of members of the great Brotherhood and Sisterhood of artists who have already passed on including:
  Sam Adams, Walter Wendell Arnett, Jack Bootes, Dwight Cobb, Herman and Bee Corbett, Ruth Ford, Louise Goff, Jenny Goodhue, Martha Hinson, Jack Miller,
Tom Scott, Johnnie Sherwood, Raymond Wieland, and a host of others.)
About 2012 Tom Scott convened a group of artists (primarily watercolor painters at first) at the church and named the gathering The Art Spirit Group.  The group would meet for about an hour and a half one morning each month, each person working on his or her own project and closing with a prayer for the group and the church.  Tom had a successful career as an advertising artist and accomplished watercolor painter.  Tom was a founding member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society.  Many of his paintings adorn the walls of CHBC, the Crescent Hill Library, and many residences throughout Louisville.  Some of these may be seen in the Gallery section below.  Tom passed away February 2, 2020 at the age of 91.  (In 2020 Amelia Debusman, as noted below, convened the Stitchers Group of fabric artists.)
Tom took the name of the group from a favorite book of his, The Art Spirit by the American artist and teacher, Robert Henri (1865-1929).  The following are a few quotes from his book:
I love the tools made for mechanics. They are so beautiful, so simple and plain and straight to their meaning.  There is no Art about them; they have not been made beautiful; they are beautiful. (53)
Someone has defined a work of art as a thing beautifully done.  I like it better if we cut away the adverb and preserve the word done, and let it stand alone in its fullest meaning.  Things are not done beautifully.  The beauty is an integral part of their being done. (53)
Art appears in many forms.  To some degree every human being is an artist, dependent on the quality of his growth.  Art need not be intended.  It comes inevitably as the tree from the root, the branch from the trunk, the blossom from the twig.   None of these forget the present in looking backward or forward.  (pg 65)
No one can get anywhere without contemplation.  Busy people who do not make contemplation part of their business do not do much for all their effort. (pg 107)
Life and art cannot be disassociated, nor can any artist, however he may desire it, produce a line of sheer beauty, i.e. a line disassociated from human feeling.  We are all wrapped up in life, in human feelings; we cannot, and we should not, desire to get away from our feelings. (pg 110)
Painting is the expression of ideas in their permanent form.  It is the giving of evidence.  It is the study of our lives, our environment.  The American who is useful as an artist is one who studies his own life and records his experiences; in this way he gives evidence.  If a man has something to say he will find a way of saying it. (pg 115)
Find out what you really like if you can.  Find out what is really important to you.  Then sing your song.  You will have something to sing about and your whole heart will be in the singing. (pg 124)
The question of development of the art spirit in all walks of life interests me.  I mean by this, the development of individual judgment and taste, the love of work for the sake of doing things well, tendency toward simplicity and order.  If anything can be done to bring the public to a greater consciousness of the relation between art and life, of the part each person plays by exercising and developing his own personal taste and judgment and not depending on outside authority, it would be well. (pg 130)
After all, the goal is not making art.  It is living a life.  Art is a result.  It is the trace of those who have led their lives.  It is interesting to us because we read the struggle and the degree of success the man made in his struggle to live.  The great question is: What is worthwhile?  The majorities of people have failed to ask themselves seriously enough, and have failed to try seriously enough to answer this question. (pg 197
To be an artist is to construct, and to whatever degree one shows the genius for construction in work of any art, he is that much an artist.  The artist life is therefore the desirable life, and it is possible for all. (pg 219)
I have no sympathy with the belief that art is the restricted province of those who paint, sculpt, make music and verse.  I hope we will come to an understanding that the material used is only incidental, that there is artist in every man [and woman]; and that to him the possibility of development and of expression and the happiness of creation is as much a right and as much a duty to himself, as to any of those who work in the especially ticked ways. (pg 224)

One of the mottos of Crescent Hill Baptist Church has been Every member a minister.  Tom would have added to that, Every member an artist following the thoughts expressed by Henri.
In the spirit of Henri, Art may take many forms in addition to the traditional forms of painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.  While being aware that we'll be missing some people we celebrate some of those in the church who have been or are currently embodying the Art Spirit in their work.  This list (more or less in alphabetical order) doesn't include the many musicians, writers, poets, actors, dancers, preachers, teachers,  counselors, lawyers, accountants, funeral dirctors, medical and other service and social workers, shop keepers, managers, and athletes who also work in this same Art spirit.  In fact any occupation can embody the Art Spirit.

Painters, Scultpters, Potters, Lamp makers, Sign makers, Program printers, MorticiansSam Adams, Carolyn Arnett, John Arnett, Walter Wendell Arnett, Trudi Bellou, Jack Bootes, Rachel Bunger, Quinn Chipley, Dwight Cobb, Janet Cole, Hoyt Edge, Erin McGee Ferrell, Ruth Ford, Jenny Goodhue, Lois Hendricks, Martha Hinson, Corine Holt, Arnold Hook, Cameron Horn, James Hyde, Lou Ann Iler, Jerry Keys, Jim Mahanes, Eh Kah Paw, Peggy Perkins, Eugenia Robertson, Greg Robertson, Diane Robl, Beth Scott Ryan, Peggy Schmidt, Tom Scott, Jim Soder, Dale Tucker, Erin Woggon, et al.

Architects, Builders, Carpenters, Interior Designers: Darrel Adams, David Arnett, Beverly and Tim Baker, Eleanor Barbee, Dwight Cobb, Chad Cobb, Herman and Bee Corbett, Bill Dohrman, Woody Ford,  Jerry Keys, Jack Miller, Diane Robl, Herb Satterly,  Tommy Scott, Raymond Wieland, et al.

Landscape designers, gardeners, farmers, and grounds keepers:  John Arnett, Stacy Fox Arnett, David Arnold, Tim Baker, Jack Bootes, Bob and Kathleen Brocious, Amelia Debusman, Jo Forest, David Graves, James Graves, Irene Hall, Michael Hester, Bob Hieb, Spencer Holt, Bill Johnson, Ellen Massey, Janet Miller, Tommy Scott. et al.

Building maintenance, Auto Repair: Kenny Allen, Conrad Brent,  Herbert Carter, Jeff Cavalcante,  Steven Cole, Walter Conner, Elmer Doyle,  Lucy Embry, David Graves, Dick Harvin, Willie Hester, Dewayne Howell, Bill Johnson, E.O. Jones, John McIntee, Eddie Mills, Ken Nay Moo, Joe Norvell, Tommy Scott, Leo Staten, John Taylor, Henry Thomas, Bossy Thompson, Leroy Walker, William Watkins, Nate Webster, Clayton Williams, et al.

Quilters, Sewers, Needlepointers, Weavers, Banner makers, Clothing designers:  Alice Adams, Juanita Aldridge, Barbara Allen, Anne-Britton Arnett, Carolyn Arnett, Ginger Arnold, Eileen Bartlett, Charlotte Beason, Rachel Bennett, Mildred Burch, Cynthia Canada, Lesa Chandler, Laura Chipe, Janet Cole, Jane Crecelius, Kathy Creech, Joyce DeBoe, Ameila Debusman (Amelia convenes a Stichers Group every two weeks either in-person for the vaccinated or on Zoom),  Carol Ann Edwards, Jo Forest, Virginia Fry, Nancy Futral, Louise Goff, Lenore Graft, Margaret Graves, Allison Hammons, Joy Henry, Peggy Hester, Virginia Johnston, Hillary Hoomes Jones, Margaret McCollum, Kay Dawn McFarland, Janet Miller, Beth Milstead, August Moo, Elaine Parker, Margarette Perkins, Carol J. Phipps,  Greg Robertson, Marlene Schmitz, Pat Scott, Johnnie Sherwood, Kadean Shutt, Kathy Springs, Dorothy Spurr, Diane Taylor, Jo Vaughn,  Shirley Waggener, Brian Williams, Judy Zimmerman, et al. See the CHBC Heritage Quilt (1995-98) below for image and history of quilt.

Culinary artists, cooks, cake decorators:  Carolyn Arnett, Kay Barfield, Sharleen Birkimer, Mary Ann Bootes, Melanie Bunger, Mildred Burch, Janet Cole, Jane Crecelius, Bobbe Crouch, Leila and Stan Gentle, Margaret Graves, Eleanor Haswell, Judy Johnson, Wayne Lilly, Martha Lytle, Margaret McCollum, Betty Morriss, Tommy Scott, Bill Van Hoose, et al.

Video, Audio, computer, website engineers, photographers:  Darrell Adams, Anne-Britton Arnett,  John Arnett, Stacy Fox Arnett, Josh Bair, Eileen Bartlett, John Birkimer, Tim Baker, Ed Canada, Steven Cole,  Sarah Willoughby Cox, Adam Creech, Amelia Debusman, Matt Dyer and Andrea Woolley Dyer, David Eisenmenger, Rick Forest, Chris Hammon, Chris Jones, John Kvindis, C.J. Phipps, Andy Rawls, Jon Sanders, Karen Scott, Glenn Skaggs, Dale Tucker, Bill and Rick Van Hoose, Joe Williams, Jacob Zimmer, et al.

With questions, corrections, additions contact John Arnett at or the church office

Gallery    -- Tom Scott, LWC Reservoir Building, 2017, watercolor    -- Tom Scott, Cherokee Winter, 1994, watercolor.  This hangs in the basement floor of the Crescent Hill Public Library    -- Tom Scott, watercolor, in CHBC office    -- Tom Scott, watercolor, in CHBC office    -- Tom Scott, watercolor in CHBC office    -- Tom Scott, watercolor, winter cabin    -- Tom Scott, watercolor; chapel in Recife, Brazil    -- Tom Scott, watercolor; Heib farm    -- Ruth Ford, empty tomb, 1989, pastel.  This hangs in south lobby off the CHBC sanctuary    -- Ruth Ford, the Good Shepherd, 2005, watercolor.  This hangs in the south lobby off the CHBC sanctuary    -- Ruth Ford, watercolor, 2017, daffodils    -- Barb Allen, needlepoint, design: Dwight Cobb.  This hangs in the CHBC office    -- Diane Taylor, banner art.  Sanctuary    -- Diane Taylor, banner art.  Choir room   -- Diane Taylor, banner art.  Choir room    -- Diane Taylor, banner art.    -- Diane Taylor, banner art.    -- Dwight Cobb, design.  Birchwood lobby    -- Dwight Cobb, design.  Outside Toddler rooms    -- Dwight Cobb, caligraphy    -- Dwight Cobb, caligraphy    -- Dwight Cobb, sketch of 1926 church building, drawn about 1980    -- Dwight Cobb, sketch of Birchwood entrance, drawn about 1983    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  Gilead Baptist Church, Richmond, KY.  The photos of these six churches where Dr. John Claypool served as pastor are taken from the book, Life is Gift, 2015, (Carolyn Ratliff, et al).  As of 2021 they hang for public view at the McAfee Divinity School in Atlanta.  They all appear to be watercolor. (In the book, Reba speaks of "endless tubes of paint can be tiring for any artist," so there may have been some acrylic touches.)  Dwight gave these paintings to Dr. Claypool, and they were passed on to Lue Ann and then to Rowan before being given to McAfee.    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  First Baptist Church, Hartsville, TN.    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA.    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, KY.    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  Broadway Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX.    ---Dwight Cobb, watercolor.  Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, MS.    -- John Arnett, Rough River campsite, 1989, oil    -- John Arnett, after a dream about freedom to escape like a bird, 1989, oil    -- John Arnett, Campfire stories in Heaven, 1990, oil.  This was painted shortly after Amy McNeely's death on October  23, 1990 and features Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton, and several members of CHBC who had passed on (death date in parentheses).  Many may recognize Grady Nutt (82), Amy McNeely (90), Laura Lue Claypool [not a good likeness] (70), OC Jordan (89), Donald Packard Sr, Herman Corbett (84), Wayne Lilly (81), John Day (76), CH Richardson (90), John Sandidge (84), Ray Schnur (84), Sue Schnur (90), John Howell (79), Forest Yocum (87), Monty Justice, Sr (89), Ish and Josie Planck (87), Leo Crismon (86), Alice Tucker (78), and others    -- Corine Holt, collage    -- Rachel Bunger -- decor for the Food Pantry on Frankfort Ave  --  Diane Robl, oil, mountain scene   -- Wendell Arnett, acrylic, BurmaShave in Tennessee country  -- Carolyn Arnett, tole painting, 1973  --  weeding in the Art Spirit   --   Jerry Keys, wooden cross over baptistry, about 1982  -- quilt by ladies of the WMU including Rachel Bennett      --- CHBC Heritage Quilt (1995-98), designed by Beth Scott Ryan      ---CHBC Heritage Quilt (backside) -- names of the quilter artists      ---CHBC Heritage Quilt (backside) -- explanation of development  -- Bobbe Crouch, culinary art  -- Bobbe Crouch, more cullinary art  -- Carol J. Phipps, photography.  She has a display also on the website: (type in Carol J. Phipps and search)  -- Carol J. Phipps, photography  -- Carol J. Phipps, photography  -- Janet Miller, rose garden artist  -- Janet Miller, rose garden artist  -- Dale Tucker, photography, "Sunset on NY Harbor before 9/11/2001"   -- Dale Tucker, watercolor,  monkey begging for banana on beach in Costa Rica    -- Dale Tucker, watercolor,  Mail Pouch barn    -- Dale Tucker, watercolor,  farm on way to Chautauqua     -- Dale Tucker, watercolor,  farm w fence corner     -- Dale Tucker, watercolor, beggar on street in downtown Quito, Ecuador     -- Dale Tucker, watercolor, house with wall    -- Dale Tucker, watercolor, fruit basket exercise       --Sam Adams, collage image of Jenny    --Jenny Goodhue, painting of Sam's guitar and plant    --Jenny Goodhue, tears    -- Martha Hinson, oil, Chambered Nautilus
Build thee more stately mansions O my soul...
Till thou at length art free...
Leaving thy outgrown shell by life's unresting sea.
  (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)    -- Martha Hinson, oil, Glenn Hinson    -- Martha Hinson, oil, basket of fruit    -- Martha Hinson, watercolor, Rose    -- Martha Hinson, oil, from photo of Martha with her mother    -- Martha Hinson, oil, Bethlehem    -- Martha Hinson, oil    -- Martha Hinson, oil    -- Martha Hinson, oil    -- Martha Hinson, oil    -- Martha Hinson, oil    -- Erin McGee Ferrell    -- Erin McGee Ferrell    -- Erin McGee Ferrell    -- Erin McGee Ferrell    -- Erin McGee Ferrell    -- Erin McGee Ferrell

Robert Henri:  "The artist belongs to a great brotherhood [sisterhood]...through Art mysterious bonds of understanding and knowledge are established....The Brotherhood [Sisterhood] is powerful and has many members.  They are of all places and of all times.  That part of him [her] that is of the Brotherhood [Sisterhood] does not die."
This page revised Jan 8, 2022