FCAG Joins with American Crafts Week

TNCraft_WeekshortWe are joining the fun and learning of our country’s largest celebration of hand-made in America, in Tennessee, in Franklin County!

American Crafts Week and Tennessee Craft Week, October 7-16, 2016 is a collection of craft events and happenings across the country and state each October. The purpose is to connect and celebrate craft artists, the work they create and the businesses that support them. By focusing attention on many craft events in a short time, we shine a spotlight on the collective impact that craft has on our culture, community and economy.

The Franklin County Arts Guild will Celebrate Tennessee Crafts Week with a series craft demonstrations and crafts making activities at the Artisan Depot in Cowan Tennessee. Three members of the Franklin County Arts Guild/Artisan Depot Gallery will be offering demonstrations:

October 8, 12-3 pm, Ken Gould, Blacksmith, will be demonstrating the art of chase and repousse on metal.

October 15, 12-2 pm, Alida Morgan, will demonstrate Puppet Dolls.

October 15, 2-4 pm, Margie Gallagher will invite visitors to create Fairy Dish Gardens.

The “Animals with an Attitude” Community Show will also be on exhibit during Craft Week. So don’t forget to be working on your submissions to it.

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 www.fcaguild.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/artisandepot or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130.

 

Community Show “Barns” Opens

TruelovebarnsThe FCAG Community Arts Show “Barns” will open Thursday June 9th with a meet the artists’ reception Friday June 10 from 5pm to 7pm at the Artisan Depot in Cowan, TN. This show has inspired a large number of local artists who have been themselves inspired by local barns, some real and some maybe not so real. This may be our biggest community show ever. All interested community members are invited to attend the reception and  enjoy music, refreshments and see if they recognize any of the barns.  The Show will run through July 24th.

As always 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 “Human Faces” show should submit their work at the Artisan Depot on July 21, 22, 23 or 24th during gallery operating hours.  Each artist is free to interpret the theme of each show as they wish.  All work must be submitted ready for display. Membership in the Guild and gallery fees is not required for these shows.

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 www.fcaguild.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/artisandepot or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130.

Ken Gould’s Irondovetail Show Running

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Kenn Gould’s show opened opened on May 19th at the Artisan Depot in Cowan . The  meet the artist reception on Friday May 27th from 5 to 7pm also at the Artisan Depot was a success with many new visitor attending.   The show will run through June 25, 2016.  As always members of the  community is invited to attend the reception, meet the artist and learn about the processes used in working metal.

Ken Gould has been a blacksmith for over 15 years, is a member of the Southern Blacksmith Association (SBA), the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) and the Alabama Forge Council (AFC), is news editor for the Lynchburg Forge and operates “The Irondovetail” as a side business.  In addition to instructing beginning blacksmithing classes, he does custom work ranging from 17th century hinges, metal tavern puzzles, lighting and hearth ware, gazing ball stands, 10 foot high yard art, coffee tables, wine racks, and other fun things.  He has attended several John C. Campbell blacksmithing classes, and  artistic blacksmithing seminars    Ken has demonstrated blacksmithing skills at events for the Smithsonian Institute, the Templeton Foundation, Appalachian Area Blacksmith Conferences and AACB member forge meetings, plus several local festivals and events.

In addition, he is a past president and current member of the Tennessee Valley Wood Club.  As a self-taught woodworker with over 35 years of experience, custom pieces include end tables, book cases and entertainment centers, blanket chests, custom tool boxes, fireplace mantels and a variety of carvings, turnings and other pieces.  He does commission work and will provide quotes and ruff sketches at no charge.

Artisan Depot is located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan, TN. It is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild.  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 this show and upcoming art shows, the gallery or the guild visit us at www.fcaguild.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/artisandepot or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130 or email us at franklincountyartsguild@gmail.

 

UPDATE ON TRAINS SHOW OPENING!

The train show turned out to be a remembrance of trains past.  First was our own Mountain Goat train that went up to Sewanee, Monteagle and points further up immortalized in Mary Priestley’s book, Dad’s Railroad: The Mountain Goat which she signed for folks all evening.  There was a compelling and thought provoking piece by A.K. Anderson  recalled Jews waiting for trails to concentration camps during World War II.  And a host of other works. Don’t forget that the show runs through June 4th, and you can come and see it between 12 and 5pm any Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday .  We also caught a glimpse of Engineer Dwain Adams with his hand carved railroad whistle (you can buy one at the gallery!)

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Engineer Dwain with his whistle (also picture are Sketchbook Trains by Mackie Priest and Real Trains in Fiction by Margie Gallagher

Mary Priestley 's Book

Mary Priestley ‘s Book

Carolyn Tocco’s Art Show, “Winterberry Art” Opens April 7th

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of a new member show by Carolyn Tocco entitled “Winterberry Art” at the Artisan Depot in Cowan on April 7th.  The show will run through May 14, 2016.

Carolyn Tocco a resident of Sewanee, Tennessee, has displayed her works in numerous commercial business settings including at the Blue Cross Building in Chattanooga. Her medium is primarily oil, although she dabbles in other mediums.  Oil’s is her favorite because it is very forgiving.  Her work consists mostly of Wild Life and Nature Scenes.  Her enjoyment of painted began arly in life and she feels her painting talent is a gift from God.  She also notes that she has had wonderful teachers to inspire her, notably she studied under Brenda Wright in the 90’s.

A meet the artist wine and cheese reception will be held on Friday April 8th beginning at 5pm at the  Artisan Depot.  The community is invited to attend the reception and meet the artist, with a brief introduction @ 6:00 to dream work, art and images.

Artisan Depot is located at 204 Cumberland St. East in Cowan, TN. It is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild.  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 this show and upcoming art shows, the gallery or the guild visit us at www.fcaguild.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/artisandepot or contact Diana Lamb at 931-308-4130 or email us at franklincountyartsguild@gmail.