Michele Tabor Kimbrough
Owner and Artist
I opened the doors of The Art Factory Framing & Gallery in March 2015. By Oct. 2018 the building was greatly damaged from Hurricane Michael. I had to stop all art classes and custom framing and move my art studio into my home, which was also damaged. My original artwork and prints are available at www.micheletaborkimbrough.art.
My current plan once the building is repaired is to create a Fine Art Gallery and Studio where I will create and produce my works.
We are located in the heart of downtown Marianna's historical district.
I began my professional career after college as an Army aviator flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Following the Gulf War, and after ten years of service, as a Captain, I left the Army in the ensuing downsizing and took a position in the financial services industry. In 2000 I returned to the field of aviation as a commercial pilot for US Airways and moved to the Marianna area. Following the events of Sep. 11, 2001 (9/11), I accepted a position as an academic flight instructor at Ft. Rucker’s Army Aviation Center training the next generation of pilots.
In 2014 I decided it was time to pursue full time my lifelong passion for the visual arts by opening an art gallery offering art lessons, commissioned art, and custom picture framing. My training in the painting mediums (watercolors, acrylics, and oils) have been a life long journey through workshops by national and international artists as well as their books and videos.
Most of my body of work focuses on three main areas; aviation art, community art, and floral art. My most recent works shifted to the Crucian Carnival Series, showcasing their vibrant, pulsating, joyous, island festivals stemming from my visit to St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
With all the challenges we face from Hurricanes, COVID 19 Pandemic and a myriad of other things, I am very blessed to do what I am doing! Thank you for visiting and God Bless You, Michele