There’s a blessing in the buzzing

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

We have heard a joyful sound …

Near the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a painter’s playground with lots of old buildings, rusting vehicles, a raging stream and a quiet gazebo. The early spring day that our group went to paint was still and quiet – except for the buzz of the bees, lots of bees and lots of bee boxes. Several of the bee hives were branded with “Jesus Saves,” appropriate as bees need saving.

Bees are vital for pollinating wild plants and supporting biodiversity for healthy ecosystems. Honeybees pollinate many of our food crops, so if bees disappear, we will no longer enjoy availability and variety of fresh produce.

The hum of the bees was perfect accompaniment to painting, both painters and bees minding their own business.

We will be in studio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend for both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Feel free to stop in to chat and look around.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.

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