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Tennessee Craft – Southwest

Tennessee Craft – Southwest

Tennessee Craft – Southwest (formerly MACA) covers Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties and is open to everyone interested in fine craft from the beginner to the most accomplished. Artists, students, gallery owners, schools, guilds, co-ops and appreciators are welcome to join. This active chapter is committed to promoting local craft. Shoppers and collectors find our work at craft fairs, trunk shows, art galleries and museums. Member meetings with guest speakers and various outings help individuals succeed and find support in our region.

Visit the Chapter’s Facebook Page.

Chapter Leadership

Upcoming Events/Meetings

Tennessee Craft – Southwest Board Meeting
Dates: Third Monday of each month
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Frederique Zindy’s home
Topic: Tennessee Craft – Southwest Board meeting will be held to work out details for upcoming events/meetings.

Handcrafted for the Hungry
Date: Phase Two donations accepted now
Tennessee Craft-Southwest is proud to present “Handcrafted for the Hungry,” a fundraising event to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank and our local Chapter. Bowls made and decorated by our members were available online through June 25.

The second phase of Handcrafted for the Hungry is now under way. We are partnering with the Memphis Women’s Exchange to continue this fundraising effort. Proceeds from this collaborative effort will benefit the Women’s Exchange, the Mid-South Food Bank, and Tennessee Craft-Southwest.

So far, we’ve delivered 30 bowls to the WE, which they have beautifully displayed in their gift shop, as well as online. They sold nearly half of those bowls on the very first day!!! In fact, their sale is going so well, that they have asked us for more pottery donations to add to the display. Please consider donating these for Phase Two of Handcrafted for the Hungry.


In June, we learned that due to Covid-19, the Memphis Jewish Community Center is pushing all their Fall gallery shows forward into 2021. We have scheduled our Collaborations show for April 2021. The application process will open back up later this year for new submissions. If you were already scheduled to participate, your application and fees will be put towards 2021.
Location: Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave

WKNO Fine Craft Showcase
Date: January 2021
The members of Tennessee Craft Southwest produce fine craft in a dazzling array of media and styles. This year’s Fine Craft Showcase is titled, “The Elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water,” and the work you submit should reflect this theme. Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces, and judges from the local art scene will select winners for awards. All Tennessee Craft Southwest members are encouraged to participate. Watch for more info and application.


Past Events/Meetings

“July” Member Meeting
Date: June 30, 2020, 6:00 PM, via Zoom
Our most recent highlighted member, Dani Sposato was interviewed, and we also discussed initial plans for a special Tennessee Craft-Southwest Veteran’s event to be held during Tennessee Craft Week–October 2-11, 2020. In addition, we shared some additional member opportunities for Tennessee Craft Week.

How to Create an Instagram Account
Date: June 10, 2020, 6:00 PM
Rose Conway of Nautilus Pottery helped us prepare for Tennessee Craft’s Instagram contest June 1-30.

Summer Member Meeting
Date: June 4, 2020, 6:00 PM
For more information and an invitation to the Zoom meeting, email the chapter.

Spring Member Meeting
Date: March 8, 2020
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Our Spring meeting included a supply/equipment surplus sale. Also for our meeting, Rick Cannon and Nancy LaPlace briefly shared their scholarship experiences from 2019. In addition, we discussed the final details of the upcoming Collaborations show and Angela Schneider was on hand to help with the *application process. *NOTE: Applications for Collaborations will NOT be accepted after this meeting on March 8th.

January Member Meeting
Date: January 28, 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Pyro’s Pizza meeting room, 2035 Union Ave
Sharron Barrett shared her experiences from the course she took with her Summer Study Scholarship in 2019, and Mary Bartholomew discussed her quarterly scholarship. We also had a quick “show-and-tell,” and enjoyed pizza!

Tennessee Craft – Southwest Holiday Party
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Katie Dann’s Home
A potluck celebration of the season, including a brief meeting to vote on our 2020 Chapter Board and discuss member meeting/workshop topics for 2020. We had an “Artsy Elf” gift exchange… swapping wrapped gifts representative of our work, and taking home a piece from one of our fellow artists!!!

Tennessee Craft-Southwest and Belltower Artisans Fight Hunger
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Location: Belltower Artisans, 549 S Highland, Memphis (see map)

Tennessee Craft- Southwest in partnership with Memphis’ Belltower Artisans hosted a makers’ event in support of the Memphis Empty Bowls Project.

The event was a creative group gathering of 9 members and 2 non-members focused on producing soup bowls to be donated to the upcoming Empty Bowls charity event. Proceeds from #theemptybowl project are used to fight hunger throughout the Mid-South.

This #TNCraftWeek2019 event was presented in partnership with Tennessee Vacation #madeintn as part of American Craft Week.


Tennessee Craft – Southwest Member Workshop
Date: August 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Pyro’s Pizza meeting room
“Selling Online” workshop featuring a panel of members with successful online businesses. In addition to the panel, 13 members and 1 non-member attended.


Weave a Scarf in a Day!
Location: Angela Schneider’s Studio, Bartlett, TN
Susan Chrietzberg, Nancy Laplace & Rose Conway joined Angela for her “Scarf in a Day” workshop.


Collaborations 2019
Dates: May 3 – May 31
Location: Memphis Jewish Community Center; 6560 Poplar Ave.
A month-long show featured the collaborative art of Tennessee Craft members. Two or more artists of different mediums worked together to produce incredible multi-media art pieces.

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