Perea Is Peoples Choice

frances1Frances Perea’s digital collage Four by Four was voted The People’s Choice by visitors to the Franklin Arts Guild March Community Art Show, Four Leggs.  The collage was composed from pieces derived from other work, then structured into a new piece with contrasting images bringing new drama and meaning.  Perea also added transparency to parts of the work (note transparency in the leg of the female dancer) which added a sense of the ethereal to the added (the red chair and scarf).  Frances Perea is a juried contributing artist at the Artisan Depot.

Wild Mixed Media Community Art Show Opens March 30th


The Wild Mixed Media Community Show opening this week at the Artisan Depot in Cowan includes pieces that mix the all kinds of media to produce some really eclectic and interesting art. In the show artists explore ideas of technique using all sorts of media including wire, paints, fabric and found objects. Interested community members are invited to the opening reception on March 31 at the Depot from 5-7 pm. You don’t want to miss this one.

The Franklin County Arts Guild invites original contributions from Franklin County artists of all ages in any media for inclusion in its Community Arts Shows at the Artisan Depot. Individuals wishing to submit work for the next community show “Art as Teacher” should submit their work at the Artisan Depot from May 4-7th during gallery operating hours.  Each artist is invited to explore how and what art has taught them in their own interpretation.

The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan, TN. Gallery hours are 12 pm to 5 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild visit us at or or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130.


Arts and Ales Fun for All

If you missed the Franklin County Arts Guild annual Arts & Ales event you missed a good time. The over 21 celebration the visual arts, music and of the art of brewing had over 300 attendee who enjoyed and afternoon of tasting brews in miniature beer glasses from Ballast Point, Catawba, Dogfish, Highland, Laguna’s, Blue Moon, Leine DFT, our own local Ole Shed, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Singing River, and Yee-Haw including so high gravity beers. Beer was poured by members of the Backwoods Carboys-Southern Tennessee Brew Club who are long time supporters of the event.

Music from The Secret Commonwealth, the party that became a band and the eclectic Ninth Street Stompers kept the event festive and lead to enthusiastic dancing on the wooden floor of the Monterey Station

Arts and Ales Art Show included an interesting and eclectic variety of pieces by well known guild artists. There were also art demonstrations in wood working, wood carving, papercutting, drawing and color. Guests could also create their own art. Folk artist Frances Perea showed interested participants how to make pendants from recycled fabrics and often incorporates found objects such as vintage buttons & assorted metal findings into her work.  Many attendees also contributed to mob art projects where each person contributed to a final piece of group made art.  This piece will displayed at the Artisan Depot in Cowan.


Margie Gallagher demonstrated and sold nest egg gourds decorated using woodburning irons and watercolors


Attendees check-in at the event table and get their over-21 wristbands


Art show and demonstration were at the center of the event space.

Beer sampling

Participants moved from table to table tasting the wide variety of beers, they were also able to buy event t-shirts and beer glass sampling sets.

Enjoying music and beeir

Enjoying beer, table art, and music.

Kim Phillips: People’s Choice

Kim Phillips is the People’s Choice for 2017’s second community show Out My Window.  Each visitor to the gallery get to vote for the piece in the show that they like best.  Kim had the most visitors select her cut paper piece.

Come by the gallery and vote for your favorite piece in the current show, Four Leggs. Gallery is open 12-5 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The Franklin County Arts Guild invites original contributions from Franklin County artists of all ages in any media for inclusion in its Community Arts Shows at the Artisan Depot.   All work must be submitted at the Artisan Depot in Cowan during the intake period during business hours.  The Gallery will be taking in pieces for the next show,  Wild Mixed Media March 23-26th.