We have had a very busy spring at TFAC! We are so excited about all the great things that have been going on at 401 South Jackson Street! If you missed some of the fun, here is a look back at the past few months….
In March we hosted the Tennessee Crafts–Plateau Chapter in the Regional Art Gallery! We had 15 artists display a beautiful variety of crafts–from pottery and pulp painting to blown glass and handmade jewelry! This display was absolutely spectacular! If you are ever in Smithville, stop by the Appalachian Center for Crafts and say “Hi” to our friends from the Plateau Chapter! https://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/
April was Autism Awareness month and TFAC went BLUE for autism! We hosted an “Art on the Spectrum” exhibit featuring artists that have autism spectrum disorder. These amazing artists and their families showcased their unique talents through digital artwork, painting and even metal sculpture! This was a very special exhibit and we look forward to working with these kids and families in the future!
Tammy O’Connor exhibited her beautiful stained glass in May! “Hand-Shadows: Imaginations in Glass” was a beautiful display of hand crafted shadow-art designed in stained glass! These pieces represented stories her mother had shared with her as a child. There was also a station set up for our visitors to make hand shadows and create their own stories–How fun!
In April, we began work on our raised beds and community garden with grant funds we received from the Bonnaroo Works Foundation in 2014. We designed a rock wall around the east side of the house and have planted herbs and vegetables, along with some beautiful butterfly bushes and sunflowers! We are looking forward to sharing tomatoes, zucchini and squash very soon!
On May 5th, we participated in the Big Payback! Our campaign was “Building Our Nest Egg!” We hosted an event on April 25th, where we invited friends and families in the community to help us spread the word about the Big Payback. We painted birdhouses and created nest drawings that were displayed around Tullahoma businesses! On May 5th, our great volunteers made phone calls to our almost 300 members to remind them to make a donation to TFAC. We raised $2335 to help us “Build Our Nest Egg!” We also received Honorable Mention from the Community Foundation of TN for our Creative Campaign. Thank you to those that participated and if you missed out on the fun–its not too late. You can make a donation anytime–just let us know you are helping build our nest egg in the memo.
Over the past several months we have had a complete makeover of our Dot Porter Memorial Library! Beth and Nick Johnson along with Kay Foote have worked so hard organizing and categorizing our art library. Many of these books were donated in memory of Beth’s mother, Dot Porter. Members have the opportunity to checkout these books and learn more about different art techniques or gain knowledge of art history!
Along with all the great things happening at the Center, I have been out and about sharing with the community about what we are doing at TFAC. Thank you to the Rotary Noon Club, the Franklin County Arts Guild and the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club for inviting me to speak to your groups about TFAC! I am looking forward to partnering with your groups to accomplish our mission of providing arts for all!
HI’S and BYE’S
May was our last month with Ray Toth as Board President. Ray’s time with us was invaluable, helping us develop a 5-year strategic plan. We also had to say goodbye to Frank Wonder as Treasurer in April. I want give a huge thank you to both of them for the time they gave to TFAC and serving on our Board! As Ray and Frank depart, I would like to welcome Dick Fewell, Rhessa Hanson and Aaron Carmack to fill the vacant positions. All new positions are interim until our Annual Membership meeting in September.
I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Southern Community Bank and Bill Yoder for funding $3075 to upgrade our elevator to state required codes. The use of our elevator is vital to hosting art exhibits and I cannot say how much we appreciate your support for this urgent need! Thank you also to Stephen Worsham and Junk and Disorderly for providing funds for this as well.
We would also like to recognize the newest Corporate Members to our “Master Class Members Club”. Welcome Trader’s Bank, L&H Distributing, Fewell and Fogarty Orthodontics, & Stan McNabb Automotives. Thank you for your support of the Arts in our community! Please let us know if your business would like to support TFAC though Corporate Membership!
Summer is here and we are off to a great start!
The First Lady of Tennessee, Crissy Haslam paid a visit to TFAC on Friday, June 12th collecting information on Craft artists in our area. She will be hosting her annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays tour in December and her theme for 2015 is Crafts in Tennessee. We had a wonderful visit showing the First Lady around TFAC, sharing with her about the 48 member artists, the history of the building and the great plans we have for our future! Denise, from the Celtic Cup Coffee House was so kind to provide tea and scones for us to enjoy while we chatted with the First Lady.
The Franklin County Arts Guild are displaying a group exhibit in the Regional Art Gallery this month. We enjoyed a “Meet the Artist” reception on Saturday, June 13th from 6-8. This show is quite diverse, displaying a wide variety of different art styles! Please make time to come by and see it before the show ends on June 26th! You can also visit the Artisan Depot in Cowan to see more works from these amazing artists.
We began our first week of Summer Art Camp on Monday June 15th and we are having a blast! We have 31 campers joining us everyday for our “Urban Art” camp. We have packed in tons of fun activities this week and it is so cool to see their creative juices flowing! We have kept these kiddos busy, teaching them T-shirt design, Mixed Media cityscapes, and started our Paper Mache masks. Next week we will finish our masks, learn how to make chalk and have a lesson in graffiti, emphasizing the elements of design: Line, Color and Shape. These budding artists will have their work displayed at South Jackson Civic Center in July during the production of “Rent.” We are so proud of them!!! I have a feeling our Members Gallery is going to be a lot fuller in a few years!!
We are also very excited to announce we received $5000 from the Bonnaroo Works Foundation! We will be creating an outdoor classroom (patio/garden) using recycled materials with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. We are looking forward to all of the great activities we will be able to do in our new outdoor space! Thank you BONNAROO!!
Don’t forget we will be closed for the month of July. We will be busy preparing our calendar for 2016 and making arrangements to host the American Watercolor Society’s travelling exhibit in August! If you would like to be considered as a featured artist, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope everyone has Safe and Happy Summer!