The Franklin County Arts Guild is showcasing several new artists in 2018, with eight member shows and six community shows in its gallery, the Artisan Depot. The season kicks off with a member show at the Tullahoma Arts Center January 11 through February 18. Other member shows include:
Wraps, Jewelry & Wearable Art | February 22 - March 31
Joy Snead | April 5 - May 13
Catherine Norell | May 17 - May 19
Christi Teasley | June 28 - August 5
Dick Wollam | August 9 - September 16
Bob Askew | September 20 - October 28
Member Show | November 1 - December 23
In its commitment to supporting arts in the wider community, the Franklin County Arts Guild sponsors themed community shows, open to anyone; membership in the Guild is not required. The line-up of community shows at the Artisan Depot in 2018 is:
Flora & Fauna | January 11 - February 25
Earth, Wind & Fire | March 1 through April 22
Magical Thinking | April 26 - June 17
Craft: Art Made by Hand | August 16 - October 14
Veterans | October 18 - November 11
Snow | November 15 - December 23
Please follow the Guild's Facebook page and sign up for newsletters for updates on these and other Guild happenings.
This year, give one-of-a-kind gifts to everyone on your list. You'll find them at the Artisan Depot: hand-crafted pieces in wood, ceramic, metals; jewelry; hand-made books; ornaments; paintings; cards; photographs; mosaics; knitted hats and woven scarves. There is something for every taste and every price range at the Artisan Depot.
A perfect time to shop is at our Hand-Crafted Christmas during Cowan's annual Small Business Saturday on November 25 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Don't miss it!
The Artisan Depot will also be participating in the Sewanee / Monteagle Holiday Studio Tour on December 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have our Traveling Art in a Trunk at the Pippa Browne Studio, 92 Abbott Martin Lane in Sewanee. The trunk will be filled with artwork and crafts by exhibiting members at the Artisan Depot. Look for the yellow tour signs with the hand logo. The tour is sponsored by TN Craft - South; maps of the Studio Tour are available at the Artisan Depot.
The Artisan Depot is an outreach of the Franklin County Arts Guild. The gallery and gift shop are open each week from noon to 5:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. It is located aat 204 Cumberland Street East in Cowan, Tennessee. Click here To keep up to date with happenings at the Artisan Depot, please like our Facebook page, and join our mailing list below.
The Franklin County Arts Guild now offers workshops. In the first three workshops, participants created mosaics, brush dolls, and mixed-media masks. All three workshops were conducted at the Artisan Depot by professional artists: Carol Vandenbosch, Frances Perea, and Cathy Norrell, respectively.
On September 30, the Artisan Depot kicked off its art workshop series with a fun mask -making class by Chattanooga artist, Cathy Norrell. One-of-a-kind masks were created from recycled materials such as cereal boxes, bottle caps, cardboard, twigs and an array of found objects. Cathy also came prepared with home-baked goodies and a surprise gift bag for each participant. The workshop ended with students asking for more classes.
On October 7, Winchester folk artist Frances Perea kicked off American Craft Week/Tennessee Craft Week at the Gallery with a brush doll collage mini workshop where students created a doll from a recycled paint brush, collage papers, beads, yarn, buttons and other embellishments.
Sewanee artist Carole Vandenbosch’s two-part beginner’s mosaic class, beginning October 14, was met with great enthusiasm as students learned how to use a variety of tools and materials in creating a unique mosaic designs on stepping stones and wood.
All three classes were a huge success with students asking for more.
Are you an artist or craftsperson who loves to teach? Are you a potential workshop participant with an idea for a workshop? Instructors wishing to teach a class at the Artisan Depot should contact the Workshop Liaison, Frances Perea at 931-308-9510 or email at email@example.com. The Gallery Coordinator, Margie Gallagher, may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our workshop page.
The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of a show of work by member Gretchen McCance. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; the show will run through November 19.
A retired high school art teacher, McCance says, “The Franklin County Arts Guild has been such a wonderful asset for me since moving here four years ago. It was a major adjustment, after moving to Georgia in the early 60s and living in Atlanta since the early 70s. I was active in an art guild and other art associations in the Atlanta area and was so happy when I learned about the Franklin County Arts Guild. The members not only have welcomed me but have encouraged me in so many ways to keep working on my art. In addition to teaching, I did commissioned portrait work, and I am now branching out into other subject matter. It's a new beginning for me and for my work."
McCance maintains studios in Winchester, Tennessee. and Blue Ridge, Georgia. Although she has been drawing and painting since she was a child, she began her formal training at Augusta State University and graduated with a BFA from The University of Georgia in painting and drawing. She also has a master's degree in art education from Georgia State University. Gretchen’s broad knowledge of art and her ability let her portray any subject with striking accuracy, creating powerful work that is sensitive to both beauty and design. She is also well known for her portrait work.
McCance's past exhibits, awards and private collections include: The Macon Museum of Art (merit award), Augusta State University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University (merit award), Louisiana State University (National Juried Show), Agnes Scott College (merit award), Albany Museum of Art (purchase award), Days Inn Corporate Offices, Miller brewing company Corporate Offices, Game and Fish Publications, and more. Gretchen is married to retired artist/professor Don McCance. She has one daughter, singer/songwriter Alisa McCance Bieck, a son-in-law, songwriter/recording producer Greg Bieck, and two grand daughters. A breast cancer survivor, she believes every day is a gift and thanks God every day for all of his blessings.
For a ful list of shows at the Artisan Depot, click here.
Did you know that, when you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate to Franklin County Arts Guild? It's true! This supports our goal of making our scholarship fund endowment self-suffient for perpetuity.
To participate with your own purchases at Amazon, it's necessary to start out at www.amazonsmile.com each time you shop; here's how it works.
Of course, an even better way to support the arts in our community is to shop at the Artisan Depot in Cowan. Local artists and craft artisans offer an eclectic collection of creative and hand-made goods in every price range. But if you're going to buy something at Amazon, you might as well let them send us a little donation as well.
The Franklin County Arts Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its gallery, the Artisan Depot, is located in downtown Cowan, Tennessee.
Many years ago, my Aunt Elise Seal told me about the Circuit Rider’s Quilt. In frontier days, preachers were scarce and many would ride from settlement to settlement or town to town. Most Sundays there was not a preacher but, depending on where your little town or settlement was on the preacher’s circuit, the town could depend on the preacher to show up for certain Sundays, Wednesdays, and dinners on the ground.
There were no inns or hotels in those days, so the circuit riding preacher stayed with someone in the community where they were preaching. Most folks didn’t have a room, or a bed, or even bedding to spare. So, the ladies in each community would make a square or two for a quilt and, eventually, the squares would be tied togethe,r sometimes with buttons attached as decoration, or perhaps even quilted, maybe at a quilting bee. The finished quilt would be given to the preacher so he could carry his own bedding from community to community.
~ Margie Gallagher, Secretary, Franklin County Arts Guild
Margie's memories of her Aunt Elsie Seal sparked an idea for a group art project during the Fall Heritage Festival in Cowan, TN. The event is September 15 through 17; click here for more info. The Franklin County Arts Guild is hosting a "mob art" project at its gallery, the Artisan Depot, in which the public is invited to create pieces that evoke the circuit rider's quilt. Weather permitting, Guild members will be in the courtyard to help with the project, and there will be bits and pieces of art materials from the gallery's new Art Supply Corner. Please make plans to stop by.
On September 6, a major milestone in the history of the Franklin County Arts Guild was reached: we officially created the Endowment Scholarship Fund of the Franklin County Arts Guild with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT). Members of the board of directors turned over a check for $10,000 to CFMT, beginning the process of making the Guild's scholarship fund self-sustaining for the future. CFMT will also administer the management of the application process.
According to Anna Kathryn Anderson, one of the longest standing members of the Franklin County Arts Guild, this is a 30-year dream in the making.
In 1986, after having been in the Guild for about 15 yrs, Anderson insisted that a scholarship fund be started for the children of the families in Franklin County. "Arts education was just so important to me," said Anderson. She continued, "Art has always been a part of my life, and the children of Franklin County should have the opportunity to have an education in art if they choose."
So in 1986, the first scholarship fund of $200 was given to a student in Franklin County. By 2017, the grant has grown to $2,000 grant, with $1,000 awarded to each of two students.
Last Wednesday, Anderson and the Arts Guild met to celebrate this event and to honor Anderson, celebrating her nomination for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award. Pat Cole of the Community Fund of Middle Tennessee was there to accept the check. Cole said they would do the best they could to follow the criteria the Guild has set up. An added benefit of having CFMT manage the application process is that, once a child has an application the pipeline, he or she may also apply for other grants from the Middle Tennessee area.
Anderson added, "I want to say that the people of the Arts Guild have been the best people to work with. I appreciate all that you have given from your heart all these years to help our children. Now I can be assured that this will continue when I'm not here any longer."
Interested applicants among high school seniors who plan to major in art or arts education in college should start the application process at the CFMT website when the process begins in January.
For more information about the Guild, click here or visit our Facebook page. The Guild is the parent organization of the Artisan Depot Gallery & Gift Shop in Cowan.
The artists of the Artisan Depot in Cowan, Tennessee, begin the offering of art workshops with three classes by popular local artists: Cathy Norrell, Frances Perea, and Carol Vandenbosch. The public is invited to sign up, and beginners are especially welcome. Class sizes will be small; participants are encouraged to sign up early. The workshop subjects include:
Mask Making by Cathy Norrell | September 30 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The instructor fee is $25; there is no materials fee but students may select items from the Artisan Depot's Art Supply Corner for a small donation. Masks will be created with recycled paper and other materials; a materials list will be provided when students sign up. Class size is limited to a minimum of four students, maximum of eight. Students may bring a lunch. The $25 fee deadline is September 23. Please make checks out to Cathy Norrell and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, Post Office Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. For more information, contact Cathy Norrell at 423-242-5775.
Brush Doll Collage Mini-Workshop by Frances Perea | October 7 | 10:00 am to Noon
The instructor fee is $20; most materials provided but students may select additional items from the Art Supply Corner for a small donation. Students will create a doll with a paint brush and a variety of collaged papers, recycled trims, beads, buttons and found objects. Class size is limited to a minimum of four students, maximum of eight; no experience necessary. The$20 fee deadline is September 30. Please make checks out to Frances Perea and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, Post Office Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. Contact Frances at 931-308-9510 with questions, or email her at mail email@example.com.
Mosaic Class for Beginners by Carol Vandenbosch (two sessions)
October 14 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm & October 21 | 9:00 am
In this two-part workshop, students will create a mosaic wall hanging (with or without a mirror) or a stepping stone. The instructor Fee: $65 and includes all materials. The class size is limited to 12 students. The $25 deposit deadline is October 7. Please make checks out to Carol Vandenbosch and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, Post Office Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. Contact Carol at 931-925-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
How to Sign Up
Sign up for workshops at the Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland Street, Cowan, TN or at email@example.com. You may also leave messages on our Facebook pages: Artisan Depot and Art Supply Corner. The Workshop Coordinator is Frances Perea, 931-308-9510. Workshops will be held at the Artisan Depot, 204 Cumberland Street East, in Cowan, Tennessee.
The Artisan Depot is the gallery of the Franklin County Arts Guild. For information about membership, click here. A list of shows is here.
The evening of Friday, August 4 will be extra sweet: we will be celebrating not one but TWO new shows. Member and gallery gardener Alida Morgan is having a solo show through August 27, and the latest community show, "American Retro," is also opening. The reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Artisan Depot.
Alida Morgan is a thoughtful, soulful artist with a wide range of skills. She gives many, many hours to the Guild by keeping the Artisan Depot's garden area beautiful. Weather permitting, we hope to be able to enjoy that space during the reception. She has asked a local band to play for us, and there will be nice refreshments.
The new community show, also opening that night, is an exciting one. It focuses on the things we love from the past ~ old trucks, real service stations, and other treasures, some of which remain in our community. Come meet the artists and talk to them about their inspirations and techniques.
The Artisan Depot is located at 204 Cumberland Street SE in Cowan, Tennessee.
The Artisan Depot is open each week from noon to 5:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Click here for more information, like our Facebook page, or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130.
Frances Perea was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her artistic interests began as a child, evolved into adulthood and continue to this day. In her early 20s, she moved to San Jose, CA, where she focused on developing her skills as an artist at San Jose City College. She became involved in the art community in San Jose and eventually was accepted into the El Gatito Gallery in Los Gatos, CA. In 1985, she returned to her hometown in Santa Fe and was hired by Foreign Traders to paint her designs on furniture, pottery and home décor items. One of her pieces was purchased by Bono from the band U2 and shipped to Ireland.
Eventually Frances started a line of ornaments and prints with New Mexico religious icons and sold them through the Palace of the Governors, the International Folk Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, Montez Gallery and many other shops and galleries throughout New Mexico and the USA.
In 2000, Frances and her husband moved to Winchester, TN. Soon thereafter, she became involved with the Franklin County Arts Guild and eventually the Artisan Depot. Her role with the Guild has included chairing fundraisers, public relations, gallery coordinator and other tasks. The Travelling Art in a Trunk was her conception; it remains a popular travelling venue that helps promote the Guild and Gallery at several events throughout the year. More recently, she has spearheaded the Artisan Depot’s Art Supply Corner and is very excited about the possibilities of making available reusable art materials and bringing in revenue to support the Guild and Gallery projects.
Frances' interests in art are diverse, but she most likes the art of collage in varied forms, mixed media, folk art and digital art. Her art is inspired by Latin American artists, most importantly the folk artists of Mexico; she considers Frida Kahlo her greatest Muse.
The Franklin County Arts Guild operates the Artisan Depot located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan, Tennessee. Gallery hours are noon to 5:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Click here for more information, like our Facebook page, or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130.
Volunteers keep the Guild and the Artisan Depot running. If you have some time to be involved, please contact us here.