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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 (taking a break in July & December).

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

October Meet-Up: Makers Social and Dinner
Date: Thursday, October 17 (6:30 – 8:00 PM)
Location: Clay Lady’s Campus (1416 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210), Front Building (not Studio B)

For our October Meet-Up, we’ll be hosting a potluck dinner and an opportunity to swap your extra studio tools/materials with other TN Craft members! Enjoy some shop talk over food with fellow makers, and leave with some supplies and ideas to fuel your next project. Board members will also be present to listen to your thoughts and feedback about what you’d like to see Tennessee Craft plan for 2020.

While we encourage you to bring some things to swap and food to share, feel free to attend even if you can only bring yourself, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow makers!

 

Handmade Holiday Crawl
Date: Saturday, December 7 (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Details: http://www.tennesseecraftmidstate.org/handmade-holiday-crawl.html

The Handmade Holiday Crawl is an annual event hosted by Tennessee Craft Midstate Chapter inviting the public into the studios of middle Tennessee’s finest makers. Artists will be present to tell you about their processes and show you their studios. Most artists will also have work for sale, making this a great way to shop locally this holiday season while supporting the arts and the tradition of “handmade in Tennessee.” An easy to navigate online map with photos of artwork and links to artist’s websites will allow you to easily plan your day and navigate as many studios as possible!

Participating artists will benefit from paid online advertising, promotion through Tennessee Craft’s newsletters and expansive social media platforms, along with the powerful synergy that happens when artists cross-promote each other. We believe artists are always stronger together! There will also be incentives to encourage visitors to visit multiple studios.

 

Past Events/Meetings

The Art of Craft Member Exhibition
Dates: August 16 to September 27, 2019 (Mon-Thurs, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Location: Centennial Art Center (301 25th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203)

This annual juried exhibition is hosted by the Centennial Art Center and features work by Tennessee Craft-Midstate members. Exhibiting artists included Alexis Colbert, Alice Shepherd, Asia Mathis, Cheryl Benus, Jennifer Beresford, JoEl Logiudice, John Roeder, Judith Kittredge, Larry & Tracey Rogers, Martha Christian, Mary Crow, Roberta Bell and Sara King.

 

September Meet-Up
Date: Thursday, September 19 (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
Location: Clay Lady’s Campus (1416 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210)

We welcomed Krishna Adams, the Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media, and Design at the Tennessee Arts Commission. She discussed the grants her department offers and gave us tips about the application process. For more information, visit our chapter resources page where you can find notes from Krishna’s presentation under “Funding Opportunities.”

 

JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING: How to Approach and Interact with Galleries
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 6:30 – 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.)

We will have a panel discussion about approaching and working with galleries, led by ceramic artist and curator Jenn Cole alongside Talbott and John Grimm from the Copper Fox Gallery.

 

GREEN HILLS LIBRARY MEMBER SHOW
May 2019

The exhibit featured:
Chris Armstrong – Felt
Rachel Bartek – Blown glass / Glass works
Roberta Bell – Mixed media
Jeff Brockett – Wood
Martha Christian – Textile / Weaving
Jennifer Konyn – Ceramics
Didi McCollum – Painting
Alice E Shepherd – Glass
Joshua Wagner – Ceramics

 

MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Green Hills Library Members Show Reception
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215)

We met to celebrate the wonderful Tennessee Craft Midstate members who have responded to our call to submit work for this exhibit.

 

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Critiquing-How To and Why
Date: Thursday, April 18
Speakers:
Kelly Kessler – Check out her sculptural and functional ceramic work.
Lesley Patterson-Marx – Her prints, drawings, hand-made books, along with many other projects can be found here.
John Donovan – Click here to see his ceramic tableware business,Tenure, as well as his sculptural work.

This panel of talented educators and makers discussed the importance of incorporating critique into our art practices. They shared advice on how to approach critiquing and provided some on-the-spot critiques for our members.

 

Tennessee Craft-Midstate Gallery Crawl Meet-up

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 5:30 PM
Meet-up Location: Fort Houston (2020 Lindell Ave, Nashville, TN)

 

MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Field Trip to Watkins College of Art

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

We toured of the school’s community art education program to learn more about this important local resource for professional development.

 

Tennessee Craft-Midstate Gallery Crawl Meet-up

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 5:30 PM
Meet-up Location: Diskin Cider (1235 Martin St, Nashville, TN)

 

Thursday, February 21: Artwork Show and Tell with a Discussion about Social Media

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.)

Artists brought favorite works in progress or finished pieces of art to share. Rachel Calar (Tennessee Craft-Midstate Communications Committee board member) led a discussion on social media as a tool for your art practice. She also presented a few successful social media campaigns as examples.

 

Thursday, January 17: 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 15: ​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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