The Franklin County Arts Guild now offers workshops. In the first three workshops, participants created mosaics, brush dolls, and mixed-media masks. All three workshops were conducted at the Artisan Depot by professional artists: Carol Vandenbosch, Frances Perea, and Cathy Norrell, respectively.
On September 30, the Artisan Depot kicked off its art workshop series with a fun mask -making class by Chattanooga artist, Cathy Norrell. One-of-a-kind masks were created from recycled materials such as cereal boxes, bottle caps, cardboard, twigs and an array of found objects. Cathy also came prepared with home-baked goodies and a surprise gift bag for each participant. The workshop ended with students asking for more classes.
On October 7, Winchester folk artist Frances Perea kicked off American Craft Week/Tennessee Craft Week at the Gallery with a brush doll collage mini workshop where students created a doll from a recycled paint brush, collage papers, beads, yarn, buttons and other embellishments.
Sewanee artist Carole Vandenbosch’s two-part beginner’s mosaic class, beginning October 14, was met with great enthusiasm as students learned how to use a variety of tools and materials in creating a unique mosaic designs on stepping stones and wood.
All three classes were a huge success with students asking for more.
Are you an artist or craftsperson who loves to teach? Are you a potential workshop participant with an idea for a workshop? Instructors wishing to teach a class at the Artisan Depot should contact the Workshop Liaison, Frances Perea at 931-308-9510 or email at email@example.com. The Gallery Coordinator, Margie Gallagher, may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our workshop page.
The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of a show of work by member Gretchen McCance. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; the show will run through November 19.
A retired high school art teacher, McCance says, “The Franklin County Arts Guild has been such a wonderful asset for me since moving here four years ago. It was a major adjustment, after moving to Georgia in the early 60s and living in Atlanta since the early 70s. I was active in an art guild and other art associations in the Atlanta area and was so happy when I learned about the Franklin County Arts Guild. The members not only have welcomed me but have encouraged me in so many ways to keep working on my art. In addition to teaching, I did commissioned portrait work, and I am now branching out into other subject matter. It's a new beginning for me and for my work."
McCance maintains studios in Winchester, Tennessee. and Blue Ridge, Georgia. Although she has been drawing and painting since she was a child, she began her formal training at Augusta State University and graduated with a BFA from The University of Georgia in painting and drawing. She also has a master's degree in art education from Georgia State University. Gretchen’s broad knowledge of art and her ability let her portray any subject with striking accuracy, creating powerful work that is sensitive to both beauty and design. She is also well known for her portrait work.
McCance's past exhibits, awards and private collections include: The Macon Museum of Art (merit award), Augusta State University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University (merit award), Louisiana State University (National Juried Show), Agnes Scott College (merit award), Albany Museum of Art (purchase award), Days Inn Corporate Offices, Miller brewing company Corporate Offices, Game and Fish Publications, and more. Gretchen is married to retired artist/professor Don McCance. She has one daughter, singer/songwriter Alisa McCance Bieck, a son-in-law, songwriter/recording producer Greg Bieck, and two grand daughters. A breast cancer survivor, she believes every day is a gift and thanks God every day for all of his blessings.
For a ful list of shows at the Artisan Depot, click here.