Martha Erwin, Curator of Unicoi County Heritage Museum enjoys working in history of her native Unicoi County. She resides in Erwin and paints the subjects she studies and writes about as Museum Curator.
Martha has studied art under many distinguished and nationally known art instructors including Urban Bird, Jan Kunz, Homer Hacker, Tom Lynch, and Polly Newell. As an Appalachian artist, Erwin paints exclusively in transparent watercolors, and her artwork depicts an endless abundance of varied subject matter. Since 1983, Martha has been a working member of the Watauga Valley Art League, serving as recording secretary for many years. Martha displays her art in League Exhibits, and in Northeast Tennessee businesses as a member of the Roving Gallery. She is also a member of Tennessee Watercolor Society. Her more recent art awards are Honorable Mentions for “Still Water” from 2011 Newell Hendershot Watermedia Exhibition and for “Tennessee Spring House” from 2012 Summer Show at Sycamore Shoals. In 2011 Her “Sand Hill Crane” received Award of Excellence from Judge Tom Root in the Summer Show at Sycamore Shoals.