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Tennessee Craft – Midstate

Tennessee Craft – Midstate

About the Chapter

Tennessee Craft – Midstate is the largest Chapter of Tennessee Craft. More than 200 makers create this thriving network of artists. Midstate members invite the public to their shops and studios, teach and demonstrate their craft in the community, participate in craft fairs and other sales events and display their work in galleries across Tennessee and throughout the country.

This chapter welcomes artists from the following counties to participate in meetings and events: Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson, Sumner, Trousdale, Houston, Cheatham, Humphreys, Dickson, Davidson, Wilson, Williamson and Rutherford

Visit the Midstate Chapter Website…loaded with information

Visit the Chapter’s Facebook Page.

Chapter Leadership

Visit Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Instagram.  Use hashtag #TNCraftMidstate

PLEASE NOTE: For 2018/19, Our MidState Chapter meetings will be held
the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Our Board will meet the Sunday before each meeting.
Feel free to bring items for show and tell – It is fascinating to learn about each artist’s process and approach to their craft!

Upcoming Events/Meetings

FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Artwork Show and Tell with a Discussion about Social Media

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Clay Lady’s Campus (1416 Lebanon Pike #C, Nashville, TN 37210)
(Directions: Pull into the parking lot and drive past the first building (on the right). Studio B is the first building on the left.)

Bring your favorite work in progress or finished piece of art to share at our next chapter meeting! After our show and tell, Rachel Calar (Tennessee Craft-Midstate Communications Committee board member) will lead a discussion on social media as a tool for your art practice. She will also present a few successful social media campaigns as examples.

Interested members can volunteer to have their artwork photographed for our new “Members Spotlight” campaign on our Tennessee Craft-Midstate social media accounts. Refreshments will be served.

 

MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Field Trip to Watkins College of Art

Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Watkins College of Art (2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN)

Join us for a tour of the school’s community art education program. This will be a great opportunity to get to know this important local resource for professional development and meet fellow artists.

 

 

Past Events/Meetings

Thursday, January 17th: So You Got Accepted to a Craft Fair? Now What?
Featured Speakers:

This panel of experienced craft fair exhibitors discussed the logistics of planning and pulling off a craft fair event, including: 

  • tents and displays
  • managing inventory and sales
  • customer expectations
  • show expectations
  • how to prepare for the unexpected and less than ideal weather, etc.

 

Thursday, November 15th: ​The Application Process

Featured Speakers:

  • Craig Nutt – Craig is a wood worker who has served as a Tennessee Craft Fair juror many times. You can view his work at www.CraigNutt.com
  • Kim Waag – Representing the Tennessee Craft Fair, Kim has been the Membership Manager for Tennessee Craft for the past two years and has been heavily involved in many Tennessee Craft Fairs. She has recently transitioned to the role of Program Director, as lead fair organizer.
  • Teri AleaExecutive Director, Tennessee Craft. Teri will also represent Tennessee Craft Fair.

In this meeting we discussed how to research craft fairs, how to choose which shows might be a good fit for your current experience level, and how to apply. We discussed cost, the types of questions you’ll have to answer about your work, common application problems and tips for successful applications.

 


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