The Tennessee State Museum was recently given a painting by local artist, Lynne Griffey, entitled Rendezvous with Destiny. The painting was given as a collaboration between the museum and The Fort Campbell Historical Foundation. The painting was donated to honor Samuel Bartholomew, a member of the Board of Directors, as a lifetime achievement award.
The painting was originally donated by Griffey to the Clarksville Rotary Club's annual auction in 2014 and was purchased by Retired General Hugh Smith. He donated the painting to help with fundraising for the Wings of Liberty Military Museum. It is displayed in the Tennessee State Museum military history section as part of their permanent collection.
Although Griffey is a native Clarksvillian, she comes from a military family and has a deep affinity for our troops. "My inspiration for Rendezvous with Destiny is based on the time when war became real to me. I learned a high school friend had been killed in Vietnam in 1967. I knew my Green Beret father was always training for a mission but it didn't affect me until Marty died.
While completing the painting memories began to flow. Changing homes and leaving friends too soon, quartermaster furniture, and spit shined boots. Parachutes and waiting for pay day. Trips to the commissary and much anticipated leave to visit family. My memories of conflict and
comfort were part of being raised in a military family."
For information to help the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation build the Wings of Liberty
Military Museum, visit fortcampbell.com.