St. Ann Church and School will release a new, hand-painted print by local artist and former councilmember Phil Ponder depicting the historic church and school in the West Nashville neighborhood off of Charlotte Pike.
The limited-edition prints will arrive just in time for the holidays, and will be presented to the parish on Dec. 3. Phil Ponder will join the St. Ann community on Dec. 10 to personalize each purchased print. The prints are $50 each and are currently available for pre-order at saintannparish.com.
“We are beyond thrilled to have this new beautifully detailed print by the great Phil Ponder,” said Fr. Michael Fye, pastor at St. Ann. “It is a fitting tribute to our community, and Phil has truly captured the essence of our parish.”
Ponder has been documenting Nashville history in pen/ink and watercolor since 1979. He paints historic structures in Middle Tennessee and is best known for his limited edition prints of skylines and famous buildings. His unique style is accomplished through a combination of pen and ink/watercolor techniques emphasizing great detail and warmth of color. He recently won the Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Historical Commission for his work detailing “the loss of historic buildings as well as the creation of new icons.”
“It was an honor to paint St. Ann parish and to play a small part in the legacy of this historic building,” said Ponder. “I have captured so much of the Middle Tennessee community over the years, and I am glad to add this wonderful historic campus to that list.”
St. Ann Church and School is a vibrant parish with a growing membership of young and mature families. With more than 100 years of serving the West Nashville community, St. Ann is the oldest diocesan school in Nashville, founded in 1921 by the Sisters of Mercy, and has been a leader in the city’s educational landscape throughout its illustrious history.