February 28th Meeting Featuring “6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture”

Please join us on February 28th at 6:30 to hear our guest speaker John Messamore’s discussion about Jade (see description below and bio).

6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture. Will discuss characteristics and sources of jade, working methods, typical Chinese forms, development of culture and impacts of class on early use. Will use historical and personal jade/hardstone examples to illustrate the beauty and mystery of the material.

John Messamore grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Vanderbilt University on an Army ROTC scholarship in 1975. He minored in Geology there and learned just enough to be dangerous about rocks.  Later he achieved Master’s degrees in Systems Management from USC and in National Resources Management from the International College of the Armed Forces.  He served for twenty-six years as an Army Air Defense Officer and Topographic Engineer, commanding units of battery, battalion, and brigade sizes and retiring as a Colonel in 2001. He next worked as a Defense contractor for thirteen years focusing on unmanned systems research and development, DOD security program management, and nuclear and conventional physical security requirements. For over thirty years John has had a keen interest in history and antiques. As a collector, dealer, student, and now lecturer on Chinese arts at the Universtity of North Alabama Institute for Learning in Retirement, John enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Chinese material cultures, especially Jade! He is married to Col (Ret) Pamela Arias and lives in Florence, Alabama.

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