Art Tour of Homes Expands to Madison with Estes and Overcash Homes – The Madison Record

MADISON – Arts Huntsville is developing an annual event. The “Art Tour of Homes – Western Edition” added artistic designs in two Madison homes.

Joe and Sallie Estes and Tommy and Debbie Overcash will open their homes. The visit shows how works of art merge with living spaces. Visitors can learn how anyone, regardless of budget, can incorporate artwork.


For Joe and Sallie Estes, art is an adventure. Whether they’re looking for an exact piece or just browsing, they love to shop anywhere – from a store’s gallery, quaint boutiques, and even garage sales.

“In primary school, we didn’t have art teachers. I wasn’t exposed to anything about art,” Sallie said. However, as an adult, she returned to school at Jacksonville State University. His jobs have included teaching art at a private high school in Anniston.

“When I moved to Huntsville in 1967, I got really interested in art and realized I had a talent for it,” Sallie said.


For the past 20 years, Sallie has visited Calhoun Community College to paint in an “open” classroom. “You can paint anything you want. There is no teacher. People from all walks of life come to paint. It’s great fun meeting new people,” she said.

“I paint from nature. . . trees and water. I use my imagination. I start my paintings abstractly with color. I put color (on the canvas), and then I’ll see. I don’t copy anything; I just think about it,” Sallie said.

Sallie is experienced with watercolor as a medium. She likes to use yupo paper, which is smooth to the touch, to add a “flowing” texture to paintings.

Joe and Sallie’s living room has two of his abstract paintings. “One is like a sunset; the other attracts attention. I like to have a lot of black to show the light,” she said.

About ten artists are represented in the Estes house. “We have a small house with just a living room, no den. We have art hanging everywhere,” Sallie said.

In one bedroom, Joe and Sallie placed small paintings of residents of 305 Eighth St. in Huntsville, a nonprofit faith-based organization serving adults with various disabilities ranging from autism to brain damage.

Joe and Sallie appreciate the metal sculpture of Charlie Lucas who finds scrap metal in piles of trash. The White House invited Lucas to show his work.

“We have priceless items that we love,” she said. They particularly like the work of the late Jerry Brown. “Jerry would look at a picture and draw the form on a large sheet. Most of his art looks like a kaleidoscope.

Two large Brown pieces hang in their living room: a child and a huge pot with overflowing geranium flowers.

Joe and Sallie cherish folk artists, especially in the arts community of Austin, Texas. They bought the drawing of a bus with people looking out the windows. “The bus fare was $1,000. We paid $35,” she said.


The art of the late Moses Ernest Tolliver, known as “Mose T”, began after a factory accident in the 1960s. Both of Mose T’s legs were crushed. “He was painting in bed and using household paint on scrap pieces of wood and metal. US senators brought visitors to his home,” Sallie said. (

Additionally, Joe and Sallie are proud of the paintings of their daughter, Suzanne Estes.

Sallie worked as a HAL manager and currently owns a HAL booth at Lowe Mill.


Tommy and Debbie Overcash love art of all kinds, especially oil and watercolor paintings, both abstract and traditional, and pottery.

“When we first married in 1980, my grandmother gave us our first piece of McCarty pottery. . . this collection has grown and will continue to grow, but that first piece will always be the most special. McCarty Pottery began in a mule barn in Merigold, Mississippi, an extraordinary story by Pup and Lee McCarty,” Debbie said.

The Overcashes also pick up another Mississippi potter, Good Earth Pottery, in their hometown of Starkville. Debbie collects the Mockingbird pattern, now only available from collectors.

Debbie credits her mother for nurturing a love of high style. “My mother is a very talented interior designer. Growing up (and now), my parents’ house has always been a showcase of his exquisite taste.

Neither Debbie nor Tommy paints, but he likes to draw. “Twenty-five years ago, Tommy ‘sketched’ a catfish and squared it, sketched it, not painted it, not finished it, not even close. Framed catfish is in our den,” Debbie said. “Tommy says, ‘That shows intent.'”


However, their sons – Cameron, Chandler and Mason – are very artistic, as are Tommy and Debbie’s six grandchildren. “Our eldest grandson, Weston, was raising money for a project, and I bought a colorful fish painting he created using Q-Tips. It’s framed in the hallway,” said Debbie.

“Although I am not an artist, I love finding creative ways to hang and display artwork in our home and cottage on Lake Wheeler. Of course, the cabin art is a bit more primitive and earthy and reflects our love of the outdoors and this beautiful lake,” Debbie said.

Instead of a hard and fast style, Tommy and Debbie are open. “If we see a play and it speaks to us, it comes back with us. Our home is more classic, so we tend to be more into classic pieces,” she said.

“Mixed with classic in every piece, it’s a bit of fun. For many years I have admired and collected the works of Florence, Alabama artist Tommy Mathis. Framed photos of family and friends. friends are all over our house; I love seeing the faces of my loved ones every day,” Debbie said.

“Our home is overflowing with works of art that represent such a wide variety, from French watercolors to family portraits, sketches, abstracts, landscapes and again, cherished pottery. Too, too many to count and dust” , she said.


Their dining room has a bookcase with a favorite piece — a framed thank you note “from my dad after he retired,” Debbie said. “It’s a flap card with an embossed cotton capsule on the front. It’s a very special memory of a very special man; I will always cherish it.

“Second, my maternal grandmother, whom I loved very much, was a wonderful cook and hostess. Not wanting to lose any recipes she knew by heart, I asked her to write them down,” Debbie said.

“She wrote many, many recipes for me in her beautiful cursive handwriting and sent me a cover note, saying she hoped they made sense and I enjoyed them. This sweet note is framed above my oven; I smile every time I prepare one of her delicious recipes for family or friends,” Debbie said.

Overall, Debbie cherishes the oil portrait of Tommy the most above the fireplace in the playroom. “Painted by a very talented artist, our son Mason. Tommy’s favorite is our scout wall in this same room. Youngsters work for years to achieve the rank of BSA Eagle Scout. I wasn’t ready to hide all the years of hard work by Cameron, Chandler and Mason in a box in the attic.

Debbie’s solution was a large wall to display portraits of their sons in their Eagle uniforms, merit badges in ghost boxes, Tommy’s merit badges (including Eagle) and his dad’s merit badges (including including Eagle).

“Three generations of Eagle Scouts in our family, truly a wall of great pride. Oh, and some funky art in the middle. In Kentuck in Tuscaloosa, I found a framed scout shirt made entirely of papier-mâché at from old scouting manuals. It’s perfect for our scouting wall,” said Debbie.

“Tommy and I are thrilled to be included in Arts Huntsville’s first annual Art Tour of Homes – Western Edition. We welcome old friends and new friends to our home!” said Debbie.

The Art Tour of Homes – Western Edition on August 20 will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, available in advance online, during the event, or with TicketSpice.

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