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Tennessee Craft – South

Tennessee Craft – South

About the Chapter

Tennessee Craft – South is an active and engaged chapter of our organization. South members have year-round opportunities to gather, network, exhibit and sell work.

Each year, chapter members participate in the Emerging Makers Tent at Tennessee Craft’s spring and fall craft fairs in Nashville’s Centennial Park by exhibiting, demonstrating and volunteering.

The chapter also hosts an annual Holiday Tour of Studios and Galleries which is held the first weekend of December in Sewanee and Monteagle. Over 35 craft artists showcase a variety of fine craft, including pottery, wood furniture, wood carvings, books, jewelry, textiles, glass, sculpture and many other handmade items.

Tennessee Craft – South welcomes artists and arts advocates from the following counties to participate in meetings and events: Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry and Wayne.

Visit the Chapter’s Facebook Page.

Chapter Leadership


Upcoming Events

Tennessee Craft–South 2022 Holiday Tour
Saturday, December 3, 10am-5pm and Sunday, December 4, 11am-4pm (all times Central Standard)

Tennessee Craft-South invites the public to its annual Holiday Studio Tour on the mountain, Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00-5:00 CST and Sunday, December 4th, 11:00-4:00 CST. Local and regional artists will show their work during the weekend: textiles, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glass, paintings, metal work, and woodwork. Sewanee artist studios open to the public include those of Bob Askew, Pippa Browne, Ben Potter, Claire Reishman, and Merissa Tobler. Other locations are the American Legion Hall, Sewanee Art Works, Locals Gallery, and The Frame Gallery. In Monteagle, open studios include The Gallery in the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and Hallelujah Pottery. Light refreshments will be available at most locations.

Once again, there is a group exhibition of multiple artists’ work in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Art Gallery, located in the center of the Simmonds Building at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. While many sites host individual artists’ work, the SAS Art Gallery presents an exhibition of Tennessee Craft members’ work as well as that of SAS faculty and students. 

A special second year addition to the Tour is the Empty Tables project, an artist initiative sponsored by Tennessee Craft South—partnering with Sewanee Locally Grown, the Community Action Committee, and Morton Memorial Church—designed to address local hunger. Participating artists will set aside time to create art celebrating the growing, serving, and eating of food: bowls, plates, napkins, paintings, candlesticks, etc. These art pieces will be available for purchase at the American Legion Hall and 100% of money raised will be used to purchase food for those in need.

There are six sponsors for the Holiday Studio Tour this year:  The Blue Chair, The Lemon Fair, Locals, Mooney’s, Shenanigans, and Bill Nickels Insurance Agency. Studio Tour brochures are available at each of these local businesses and at all participating studios.

Bright yellow signs mark the tour route, and maps are available at all locations on the tour as well as at all sponsors’ locations.



Chapter Membership Meeting
January 9, 1:00pm, via Zoom
Deep dive into planning for the year ahead.

Chapter Membership Meeting
March 5, 1:00pm, Terri Ponder Watch’s Studio, Monteagle


Past Events

Chapter Membership Meeting
November 13, SAS Gallery, 290 Quintard Rd, Sewanee
Drop off artwork for studio tour.

Sunday, August 28, 1:00-3:00pm – Chapter Meeting
Studio of Sherri Warner Hunter in Bell Buckle, TN.

Sunday, July 24, 1:00pm – Tennessee Craft South Spring Membership Meeting



Sunday, April 24, 1:00pm – Tennessee Craft South Spring Membership Meeting
Studio of Bill Nickels (107 East McLean Street, Manchester)
Gather with fellow makers to scheme our projects, programs, and events for 2022!

November 14, 1:00pm – Fall Membership Meeting 
Artisan Depot, Cowan, TN

December 4-5, 2021 – Holiday Tour of Studios and Galleries – CLICK HERE to download a map! (PDF)

October 1-10, 2021 – Tennessee Craft Week

Sunday, July 11, 1:00pm – Summer Membership Meeting
LOCALS Gallery, Sewanee, TN

Sunday, October 4, 1:00-3:00pm – Chapter Meeting
Vote on slate of 2021 chapter officers and plan virtual exhibition and auction in December.

Sunday, June 7, 1:00-3:00pm – Chapter Meeting via Zoom
We shared our art work created since “sheltering in place” and learned what Tennessee Craft has in store for Tennessee Craft Week in October.

Sunday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm – Chapter Meeting
Locals Gallery at Sewanee, 49 University Ave, Sewanee, TN

Gallery Director and chapter Representative Ashley Charlton gave a presentation on the Ins & Outs of submitting artwork to a gallery with success.

Sewanee, TN

A tour of artists’ studios, galleries and holiday open houses
DATES: Saturday, December 7, 10am-5pm; Sunday, December 8, 11am-4pm (CST)

For information, visit the Facebook event page.

401 S. Jackson St, Tullahoma, TN

October 5 – October 27, 2019 (Tennessee Craft Week: October 4 – 13)
For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

On display were textile and fiber arts, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, pottery, glass work, jewelry and other fine craft. The outstanding work of member artists included bronze sculptures and handcrafted books. Many pieces were available for purchase.

September 29 – Chapter Meeting
Pat Rollie’s Studio, Tullahoma, TN

Pat Rollie hosted us in her studio, and artists dropped off art pieces for the October show at the Tullahoma Art Center, met officer nominees for 2020 and enjoyed a demonstration from member Elizabeth Core. Elizabeth was the 2019 scholarship winner for the Shakerag workshop, “Can you dig it? Natural Dyeing & Direct Application of Natural Pigments.”

Sunday, July 21 – Chapter Meeting
Lannom Public Library, Tullahoma, TN

Topic: Success Strategies for Social Media Campaigns

April Artist “Meet and Greet” and “Show and Tell”
Artisan Depot Gallery & Gift Shop in Cowan, TN

Sunday, April 14
All artists were invited to join us for this social event. Networking with other artists is a fun and informative way to help grow and enrich your journey as an artist. We introduced Tennessee Craft and our plans for the year and learned about the Artisan Depot and all that it has to offer.

Sewanee, TN

A tour of artists’ studios, galleries and holiday open houses
Dates: December 8 & 9, 2018
Please note these dates which coordinated with the 2018 Festival of Lessons and Carols in Sewanee.


May 26-27, 2018
Location: South Jackson Civic Center
Juried Festival, Cash Prizes Awarded
https//www.tullahomaartscouncil.com or tullahomaartscouncil@gmail.com

Date: Reception – March 31, 2018
Location: Sewanee, Tennessee
Arts Inside brings artmaking to incarcerated women in Grundy County, teaching them to “tap into their creative potential to help bring beauty and joy into their lives.”

Tennessee Craft – 2017 South Holiday Tour
Dates: December 2-3, 2017
Location: Sewanee, Tennessee
South Chapter Members Only

4th of July Silent Auction
Date: July 4, 2017
Location: Locals Gallery, 49 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37375

Tennessee Craft – South’s 2016 Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios & Galleries
Dates: December 2 & 3, 2016

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