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Bledsoe unveils new historical paintings

Jonesborough resident and artist Billy Bledsoe, on right, recently unveiled two new paintings that help tell the history of Jonesborough. Commissioned to do the paintings by lifelong resident Jimmy Rhein, on left, Bledsoe created paintings of the former Woodland Lake Park, pictured above, and a canvas of what Spring Street in Jonesborough likely looked like in the early 1930s, pictured below. Rhein asked Bledsoe to create the works of art after significant research into his family’s long history in Jonesborough. Bledsoe created the Woodland Lake Park painting using two old photographs of the park that were taken around 1927. The paintings are expected to be on display at the Historic Visitors Center during Jonesborough Days, which takes place July 3-4. For more on Jonesborough Days, see the special section inside this week’s Herald & Tribune.