ABINGDON, VA, August 23, 2019 Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Thelma Vannoy Blake with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Blake celebrates many years’ experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Possessing a genuine passion for nature and a fervent dedication to and interest in the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, it can be said that Ms. Blake was destined to become an artist. Following a formative education on the intricacies of art history, she attended the College of Central Florida and earned an Associate of Arts in 1981. She continued her studies, securing a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1985. She concluded her academic pursuits with a Master of Education from Tusculum University in 1997.
Ms. Blake has excelled as an artist since 1975, and her work has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout the United States, including in such shows as the Artist Colony Show in Homosassa, Florida, the Louisiana Society of the Arts Show in Baton Rouge, and the Texas Women for the Arts Show. Ms. Blake has also been a gallery representative for The Corner Gallery. A particular highlight of her career was being accepted to display her creations at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 90th Anniversary Exhibition in New York City in 1986. A certified teacher in the state of Virginia, Ms. Blake also taught art for the Washington County Public Schools in Abingdon, Virginia, from 1989 until her retirement in 2011.
A member of the Art Depots Association of Abingdon, Virginia, Ms. Blake maintains professional affiliation with the William King Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Black’s Fort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Washington County Historical Society, among other notable organizations. Previously, she volunteered her time as a mentor for the Washington County Public Schools and she is an active attendant of the Pleasant View United Methodist Church. Boasting a green thumb, Ms. Blake enjoys gardening in her spare time.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Ms. Blake has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.