|This Month’s New & Renewing Members|
|Our Members are the Best! |
As of March 2019, the Arts Council has moved to an annual membership
rather than a rolling membership in which all membership renewals are due in March.
Are you in our Member Directory? Join Today! Not sure if your
membership is current? Contact Membership@artscouncilwc.org
Welcome New Board Member
|Barbara Dwyer – Vice-President|
| Franklin artist, Barbara Dwyer, has recently joined ACWC as |
She brings to this position decades of successful not-for-profit board
experience and community leadership. She is the co-founder of 2 award
winning service agencies in Illinois which are 34 years and 22 years in
operation and going strong. After 22 years in clinical Social Work, 9 years as
Vice President and Director of Development for a local university she ended
her career as a professional speaker, popular with fortune 500 companies and
local churches. Barbara retired into her life-long passions: leading small
groups and creating art.
Barbara’s love of art was cultivated at a young age. Her mother, also an artist,
brought art to life though encouraging personal expression, providing
resources to experiment with different mediums and schooling in art history.
Barbara explains, “Going to the Chicago Art Institute with Mom was always
a magical place for us to be. We went often, yet never often enough.”
Barbara is married to her husband Tom, has two children and one
granddaughter. In typical grandma fashion, she argues her granddaughter is
the cutest child ever born. When not serving in community leadership roles or
teaching Bible study you will find her either in her studio, painting, in the
garden, or curled up with a good book.
Grid Row: March – April
|Featured Artist: Tifny Miller, Squash Blossom Fine Arts|
Williamson County Public Library
314 Columbia Ave, Franklin Main Room (new books section)
Squash Blossom Fine Arts was created by Tifny Miller in April of 2016.
Originally from Mississippi, Tifny had recently moved to Franklin, TN from
Arizona. She started taking a painting class to meet friends now that all three
of her daughters were attending school. The class rekindled the love she
always had for art and re-established the confidence she had in her skills.
Her painting remained a personal enjoyment until she & her oldest daughter
decided to join a mission trip to Honduras. Tifny decided to try and sell some
of her paintings to supplement the funds for their trip. Within a few months,
she had sold enough of her work to pay for both trips in full. As commission
requests continued to come in even after her goal had been met, she realized
that God had not only provided a means for her fundraising, but He had set
her on a new path.
Tifny has continued to grow as an artist over the last three years participating
in events like Vines and Vintage at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN,
Hunt The Fork in Liepers Fork, TN, and The Red Door Market in Hernando,
MS. Tifny has also been a featured artist at the Franklin Art Crawl in Franklin,
TN and the Beale Street Art Crawl in Memphis, TN. You can currently find
Squash Blossom Fine Arts originals for purchase at the Java Café in
Germantown, TN, as well. Tifny continues use her gift to give back by donating
10% of each purchase to local and international charities and often donates
pieces to local charity auctions.
Tifny enjoys using acrylics and oils on canvas for most of her work. Though, if
she finds an interesting material like an old roofing tin or tobacco basket, she
enjoys giving it new purpose and life also. Tifny draws inspiration from her
deep southern roots, years of moving around the country, world travels, and
God’s beautiful creation all around her. When she is not painting, you can
find Tifny spending time with her family and their pup, Ruthie, in their new
home town of Germantown, Tn. All of her past and current work can be viewed
on Instagram @squashblossomfinearts or on her Facebook page Squash
Blossom Fine Arts.
Contact email@example.com if you would like to apply to exhibit as a Grid Row artist.
New Chairperson(s) Position
|New Chairperson(s) Position – Artist-in-Residence|
The Arts Council has a recent opening for Artist-in-Residence
Chairperson(s) to be the liaison between professional artists and Williamson
County Schools (just 1 -2 times a year). Artists are already lined up for
2019, so this would be a good time for an easy transition into the position.
Benefits: Besides the gratitude of serving your community, The
Chairperson(s) will have the opportunity to apply for a Board of Director
position if they wish. For a complete description of the position, email
We have great community based programs that have been highly regarded
for over a decade now as well as, a lot of new and exciting things coming up.
Interested but not sure you want to do it alone? Invite a friend. This can
be a Co-Chaired position.