This Month’s New & Renewing Members
Our Members are the Best!
Lisa Boyer, Jane Gilliam, and Katherine Welsch
Grid Row: January – February
Featured Artist: Betsy Copley, Joanne Miller & Dot Small 
Williamson County Public Library
1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin
Main Room (new books section)
Betsy Coply
I have been painting for over 40 years, primarily in Genesis oil, watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite. “My favorite subjects to paint are animals and birds. All of my paintings are from photos, mostly mine or ones friends have sent  me. I always have my camera with me when ever we travel, visit zoos, hiking or just walking.”
Joanne F Miller
During my early fifties I felt a need to pursue something just for me. I took a drawing class from the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Center in 2002 taught by artist Melanie Jackson of Leiper’s Fork. It was grueling. I wasn’t sure I could do it. I had never drawn  before, and I had a lot to learn. I studied with Melanie for over twelve years and the confidence it gave me helped propel me into more writing, speaking and art. I have since written two grown-up books and five children’s books and now teach Drawing Basics classes, participate in art shows and encourage others to reach inside to find creative gifts they never knew they had.
Dot Small
The main question asked, is “what are my favorite subjects?” I don’t really have one, it depends on what I have seen recently, what has struck me as extra lovely, or a combination that I can put together as an artist, to make a painting more interesting. Water color has been a pleasure and a challenge for me. Now I hope Acrylics will do the same. Art is constantly evolving, that is what makes it such an exciting challenge. As you can see Chickens are of interest right now.
Contact if you would like to apply to exhibit as a Grid Row artist.
Why Support the Arts?
Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in Our Community 

  1. Arts improve individual well-being.
    63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
  2. Arts unify communities.
    67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”-a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
  3. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. 88 percent of Americans believe that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.

  4. Arts strengthen the economy.
    Arts and cultural goods in the U.S. added $764 billion to the economy in 2015, and included a $21 billion international trade surplus. The arts represented a larger share of the nation’s economy (4.2 percent of GDP) than transportation, tourism, and agriculture (source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $166.3 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.6 million jobs and generates $27.5 billion in government revenue.
  5. Arts drive tourism and revenue to local businesses.
    Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters-valuable commerce for local businesses. 34 percent of attendees live outside the county in which the arts event takes place; they average $47.57 in event-related spending. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences.
  6. Arts spark creativity and innovation.
    Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders, per the Conference Board’s Ready to Innovate report-with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
  7. Arts drive the creative industries.
    The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 673,656 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts-4.0 percent of all businesses and 2.0 percent of all employees. (Get a free local Creative Industry report for your community here.)
  8. Arts have social impact.
    University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates.
  9. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients-shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.
  10. Arts for the health and well-being of our military
    The arts heal the mental, physical, and moral injuries of war for

    military servicemembers and Veterans, who rank the creative arts therapies in the top 4 (out of 40) interventions and treatments.  Across the military continuum, the arts promote resilience during pre-deployment, deployment, and the reintegration of military servicemembers, Veterans, their families, and caregivers into communities.

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New Chairperson(s) Position

The Arts Council has a recent opening to Chair the Brown Bag Lunch Bunch and Grid Row Art Exhibit at the main library.
Artists and presenters are already lined up for 2019. We are looking for a volunteer(s) to oversee the Lunch Bunch presenters and the artists exhibiting at the library. For a complete description of the position, email
These are great community based programs that have been highly regarded for over a decade now. Interested but not sure you want to do it alone? Invite a friend. This can be a Co-Chaired position.