Jean Wall Penland
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Jean Wall Penland

Asheville - Jean Wall Penland, 81, professional artist, poet, teacher, and lifetime eccentric passed peacefully into the Light on Sunday, July 7. An Asheville native, she graduated from Lee Edwards High School, the University of North Carolina - Greensboro (Music Theory) and Western Carolina University with a Master of Arts degree in Painting. Along the way she studied Design at NC State University and Architecture at Cooper Union in New York, NY. After working as a Music Hand Copyist in Manhattan for several years, she returned to Asheville and began her career as painter, drawer, sculptor, and printmaker. For 12 years, she was Art Director for The Arts Journal, a designated State-wide Arts Resource, and determined the total graphic image of the monthly magazine. She was co-founder of Atelier 10, the first working-artist exhibition space in downtown Asheville in 1983, and was a frequent exhibitor at High Tea Café, a local gathering place on Wall Street. After receiving her Master's degree, she taught Visual Art courses at Western Carolina University and Community Colleges in Buncombe, Haywood, and McDowell Counties.

An extremely creative and prolific artist, Jean received the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1989 and the Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 1993. Her paintings were exhibited in many one-person and group shows throughout the Southeast, and are held in numerous public and private collections. She was preceded in death by her parents Frances Koontz and Floyd Wall, and her sister Barbara Smith. She is survived by daughter Marcia Schingel (David), grandsons Luke and Matthew Schingel, Crystal Lake, IL; brother Jack Wall, Arden, NC; nieces Deborah Teer, Leesville, SC, and Denyse Dippy, Waynesville, NC, and many fond friends. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Our Voice, 35 Woodfin Street, 28801 Asheville, NC, .

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times on Jul. 14, 2019.
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August 28, 2019
Hope this gets in...longest time your voice is back!
Lee Bellaver
August 19, 2019
We ate together two nights before she died. I brought her Homegrown fried chicken, cheesy grits and sesame ginger greens. She ate voraciously. Her mind was as bright as ever.
We were planning a trip to the beach a couple of weeks later. She was already putting things in the cooler in her kitchen preparing for our trip. We were having such fun planning that vacation of beach walking and story telling. I miss Jean so much.
Cynthia Yancey
August 19, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this. She was a very talented artist.
Bob Boeberitz
August 18, 2019
She was one of a kind. I'm sorry she's gone.
Don Pedi
August 18, 2019
Jean was unique and had such a lovely spirit. She is truly missed.
Amy Pickett Dodson
August 18, 2019
Marcia, I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, I still remember fondly the time I went with you to visit her and had such a fun time. My prayers are with you and your family.
Kim Loesch
July 22, 2019
Since our first meeting at High Tea on Wall Street, back in the day', I have found Jean to be a fascinating person and a most gifted artist. She, like her art, leaves a lasting impact.
Jerita Wright
July 20, 2019
Sad to hear of your passing, I enjoyed our time at the beach, and our Facebook conversations. Rest in Peace my friend.
Brenda Stalker
July 19, 2019
Thank you for your friendship from Reidsville to the present and for your encouragement. I will miss you but wish you a peaceful rest as you ready for what's next in eternity.
Thomas Gunn
July 19, 2019
Thomas Gunn
July 15, 2019
Painting of Jean of the day we met.
I did not know Jean for long, there are some friendships that reach beyond the minutes, hours, and years. I am grateful that she looked to me as a friend.
Cyrus Glance
July 14, 2019
You will be missedLove to all her many friends and family Dance on the stars now my friend Conduct Gods orchestra.......
Ann Abbott
July 14, 2019
I will always remember Jean fondly. Our Voice was putting together an art show for surviors and I asked her if she would like to be involved. Without hesitation she said YES! Of course the show was a hit and working with Jean was a wonderful experience. We became closer friends during the planning of the show for which I will be forever grateful. How fitting that gifts in her name will be given to Our Voice. Jean, you will live on through your friends and your art.
nedra wilson
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