As 2015 comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on what an amazing year we have had here at TFAC….
Seven fabulous and unique exhibits were hosted in the Regional Art Gallery: Tennessee Crafts–Plateau Chapter, Art on the Spectrum, Tammy O’Connor’s Hand Shadows: Imaginations in Glass, The Franklin County Arts Guild, The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit, Threads of Time–A history of Quilts, and last but not least…the 12 Days of Christmas tree auction! These shows have featured a diverse display of artists and talent throughout our community!
We also hosted a 2 week art camp in our CREATIVE PLAY space that included various activities based on an “Urban” art theme. The Center was filled with 33 happy campers, learning, sharing and laughing while they created one-of-a-kind masterpieces!!
The First Lady of Tennessee, Crissy Haslam, paid us a visit in June and discovered many talented artists for her Home for the Holidays tour in Nashville that is open this month…you should take the time to see all of the talented Tenneseans we have in our state!
We stepped outside the box this year and offered some new classes at the Center! Adult coloring was so much fun, as well as The New Delicious cooking series. We enjoyed watercolor and Iris Folding card classes too. We have some great projects in the works for 2016, so stay tuned!
TFAC welcomed many new Individual, Family and Corporate members to our roster in 2015! We are very happy to have so many new faces around the Arts Center! Thanks to the support of our members and a few special donations, as well as your help “Building Our Nest Egg” through the #BigPayback, we were able to give the Arts Center some much needed TLC! We were able to get some important maintence taken care of on the building and now have an upgraded security system, a new HVAC unit and our elevator meets all state codes!
Through the Bonnaroo Works Fund we were able to install a beautiful community garden along Jackson Street and have recently completed the “Garden of Knowledge,” in the side yard, which focuses on recycled materials and environmental sustainability. We are very excited to be able to expand our creative space to the outdoors and can’t wait to share our outdoor classroom with you all in the new year!
We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our faithful volunteers this year! We have a dedicated & faithful crew that helps makes things happen! Whether it be greeting at art exhibits, bringing refreshments, organizing our library, cleaning up the Center or any of the other countless tasks they are asked to do, they say “yes” with a smile. They bring so much positive energy and joy to the Center and TFAC is truly blessed to get to work with these remarkable ladies each week! We couldn’t have had a successful year without them, so I just want to say THANK YOU!!
Lastly, after 3 1/2 great and challenging years serving you at TFAC, it is time for me to say good-bye. I have been offered an incredible opportunity and I will be beginning a new chapter in January. It has been an honor to be the Executive Director of this organization with 47 years of rich history, and it has been a privilege for me to be a part of that journey. I have met many amazing people, formed beautiful lifelong friendships and I will truly miss you all! I have had a front row seat to the incredible artistic talents we have in our community…we have so many creative artists…and am so proud to be a member of the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center!! I am leaving the Center in very good hands and look forward to the BRIGHT future ahead! I will continue to be a pART of the fun at TFAC through my membership and participation in all the incredible activities in the upcoming months. Thank you all for your kindness and love!
Wishing you all a very Merry and BRIGHT holiday season!
**The Center will be closed through February 2, 2016 for Winter Break.