Maryville painter joins Longest Day Campaign in fight against ‘darkness’ of Alzheimer’s


MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – For more than a decade, Lori Bishop has painted. She says it’s her way of blowing off some steam.

“Some people drink, some people smoke, I paint,” said Bishop, “As a financial planner, my brain is numbers all the time…so this is the other side of my brain.”

It’s a family thing but she didn’t know that. Bishop was adopted and around 3 years ago, her son found her birth mother. She went to meet her and turns out, her mother was an art teacher. Now, at 83, she still paints.

“She paints different than I do, I paint more loosely, and she paints decorative,” said Bishop.

This weekend Bishop plans to share her talents for a good cause. She is joining the Longest Day Campaign. That’s when people from across the world will fight darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice. The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice.

On Saturday, she’ll teach two classes. The first at 9:30 a.m. The second will be at 1:30 p.m. They’re being held at First Baptist Church in Maryville on Lamar Alexander Parkway.

All proceeds from those classes will go to the Alzheimer’s Association to help with the Longest Day Campaign.

“Alzheimer’s has impacted me personally, I lost one of my best friends to Alzheimer’s, it has impacted so many people in my life,” said Bishop, “(I) just want to have fun and help a good cause.”

If you would like to sign-up for the classes you can sign up here. One class is $50 but if you take both it’s $75.

For more information about The Longest Day campaign, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

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