Once again, the community turned out in force to support the arts in Franklin County and beyond. Over 300 people attended Arts & Ales 2019, making it a big success. Proceeds from Arts & Ales continue to fund the Franklin County Arts Guild's scholarship program, the Artisan Depot gallery space for local artists, and art workshops for the community.
Nancy Wallace, president of the Guild, said, "We appreciate the excellent coverage of the event given by our hard-working local media," including The Tullahoma News | Sewanee News | The Herald Chronicle | Busy Bee Trader | Chattanooga Free Press | LightTUBe of Tullahoma | Thunder Radio of Manchester | WZYX Radio, Cowan | VisitCowan.com
Food vendors for Arts & Ales made the event a tasty one: Floyd's Farm Food Truck of Fayetteville, TN | Sweet Ellie's of Cowan, TN | Dirty South BBQ
Scenes from Arts & Ales 2019
She continued, "The Guild is made up of members who give their time, creativity, and financial resources, not only to Arts & Ales but to the many other projects that make the arts an enriching part of life in our community."
The Guild would like to give a special shout-out to the following individuals for their work at Arts & Ales:
Pippa Browne, Artisan Depot gallery coordinator
Margie Gallagher, former gallery goordinator and current Guild secretary
Joe Butler, Guild vice president
Denise Miller, Guild Treasurer
Patricia Richards, public relations and social media
Kim Phillips, website and email marketing
Dwain Adams, craft beer server
Mary Ann Morrison, queen of efficient check-out for art sales
Tanya Otero, newest Guild member and check-out helper
Mark Ledbetter, Mr. Arts & Ales, for all of the little and big things he does to put the event together
Thank you to all the talented artists that did demonstrations during the event:
Ken Gould, woodworking
Frances Perea, fairy mob art
Denise Miller, acrylic painting
Melanie Villegas, painting on F\furniture and other neat things
Pat Richards, hollow log making
Margie Gallagher, book making and creating fairy housing with natural materials
Joyce Adams, crocheting bags and moisture mats to be donated and used by the homeless of Franklin County
There were also many people who jumped in and volunteered to help with: setting up tables and chairs and, afterward, cleaning up, sweeping, mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, and sorting recyclables.
Thanks also to all the volunteers and members who brought art and sold tickets, checked ID's, gave out glasses, greeted guests, and did all the other things that made this event so much fun for everyone.
A party wouldn't be a party without live music and, once again, The Secret CommonWealth and Patton James and The Synchromatics entertained the crowd mightily.
Last, but in no way least, the Guild wishes to thank everyone who attended Arts & Ales. You make it possible to give a $1,000 scholarship to a Franklin County student and have put the Guild well on its way to endowing the scholarship fund in perpetuity. You also help to keep our gallery, The Artisan Depot, the wonderful place it is that serves our community in so many ways.
The Franklin County Arts Guild promotes the arts and arts education in Franklin County, Tennessee and beyond. Its gallery, The Artisan Depot, is located at 204 Cumberland Street E in Cowan, Tennessee. Click here to email us for more information.
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