Annual Holiday Studio Tour, Dec. 2 and 3
Tennessee Craft-South invites the public to its annual Holiday Studio Tour on the mountain, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., CST Saturday, Dec. 2, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CST Sunday, Dec. 3. Tennessee Craft-South is the regional branch of Tennessee Craft, the state-wide organization which supports and promotes all handmade crafts in Tennessee.
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 Sewanee locations are the American Legion Hall, Spencer Room at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Locals Gallery and The Frame Gallery. Monteagle locations include Cheryl Lankhaar’s studio and Hallelujah Pottery. Light refreshments will be available at most locations.
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-South members’ work as well as that of SAS faculty and students.
A special third 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, Grundy County Food Bank 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 at the American Legion Hall, in exchange for a donation. All proceeds 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, in the Sewanee Messenger, and on the Tennessee Craft website <http://tennesseecraft.org/members/chapters/south/;.