Knoxville, TN artist-muralist, Lisa Haggerty Palmer brings vision to Townsend’s Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in At The Inn | 5 comments

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Living Room

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Living Room

Gracehill B&B Hallway and Snack Bar

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Hallway and Snack Bar Area

October 2009 brought Gracehill B&B its busiest month since opening at Thanksgiving in 2000.  As the pace eased in November and December, while most folks got ready for the holidays, I decided to jump in with both feet and do two projects that had been on my TO DO LIST for ten years.

Neighbor and friend extraordinaire, Jim Maness of Century 21 in Maryville, TN, moonlighted and painted the 16 foot dome ceiling in the living room a warm beautiful yellow and the hallway off  three of the guest rooms a light taupe.  Moving all the scaffolding was a chore in itself that was further complicated by two different Christmas parties!  We were rolling out the scaffolding an hour before the appetizers were going in the oven.  Once Jim was done, Lisa Haggerty Palmer came in and opened the skies for us on the living room ceiling and painted a beautiful sunset, sunrise??? Your pick.  Lisa had been a guest of ours at Gracehill in the past, and we became reacquainted when she painted the backdrop for the altar at St. Francis in Townsend.

I tackled the downstairs hallway.  I had always wanted to paint the words of a song, as a border, where the wall meets the ceiling.  I’d had ten years to pick the song so you’d have thought I wouldn’t still be agonizing over the choice… It also needed to fit in 68 feet of linear space using an 8” font.  Finally decided on the second verse of “How Great Thou Art.”  Hope you like it as much as I do.  mizkathleen@ Gracehill

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Art Work of Lisa Haggerty Palmer

Art Work of Lisa Haggerty Palmer


  1. This is gorgeous…and I can see that all these blogging sessions are working their magic…

  2. I can see that the ceiling above the spot where Connie and I were married 8 years ago now has the beautiful work of art appearing to be the gateway to heaven. And so it has been, the most wonderful 8 years of my life. Gracehill and you were a part of that beginning. I am forever grateful. What a perfect way to commemorate our spot.

  3. Kathy———we have enjoyed reading all your latest news and the pictures. When you take on a project you go “BIG” and we are not at all surprised with the final presentation. Your efforst were all so beautiful and so carefully planned just as you did the entire inn. Congratulations for more success with your multi-talents. Best to Marilyn June and Wendell Amos

  4. Kathy, I absolutely love the ceiling in your living room. When I read the second verse of “How Great Thou Art,” and look at that
    ceiling, I have goose bumps. I can’t wait to see it in person. I hope that you continue to be just as busy as you want to be. Grace
    Hill has to be one of a kind!

  5. Kathy Can not tell you how thrilled we were to get you e mail news letter, our hard drive ‘crashed’ several mons ago and we lost all our e mail address’s Enough said… we still hope to get to visit Grace Hill Maybe this summer or early fall before we return to Florida for winter. We remember fondly our days at Little River and now all those kids of ours are camping at the place ! One even stayed on our old ‘fence site’ By the way we still full tyme !
    This year we celebrate our 50th wedding anniv and once we get thru all the graduations etc maybe we can find a time for us Hugs to you and Marilyn !!!!!


  1. notes from Kathy – Gracehill Newsletter, vol 1 | Gracehill - [...] the down time to tackle several projects including painting the dome ceiling in the living room. Click here for…