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The Arts Council presents local artists as they open their studios to the public, offering a unique and wide selection of artwork and demonstrations. This is a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!

2018’s Artist Studio Tour Line Up

Jeni Housley – Clothing and Jewelry (off Hwy 96)

Jeni Housley, jewelry & clothing designer and artist, developed her love of color, designing and sewing as a teenager.  While at the University of Georgia, Jeni studied geology and minerals which has given her a depth of knowledge for the fine natural stones she incorporates into each of her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Through her extensive travels out West, Jeni’s love for horses, Native American arts and natural beauty have continued to inspire her and her creations. A Miami native, Jeni and her husband, Gary, made their Tennessee farm their home; raising two boys and an assortment of mules, mini-donkeys, llamas, sheep, dogs and cats.
Jeni’s beautiful jewelry and accessories can be found in fine stores and galleries throughout the U.S. Her recent travels have taken her as an exhibitor of her works to Las Vegas, Scottsdale, AZ, Palm Springs, CA, Louisville, KY, Florida (Wellington, Ocean Reef, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, Havana and Ocala), Fort Worth and Fredricksburg, TX, Pagosa, CO, Sister Bay, WI, Big Sky and Ennis, MT, and Blowing Rock, NC. Locally, Jeni’s work can been seen at the Omni Hotel in Nashville and at Leiper’s Fork and Franklin, TN.

Larry Montgomery – Watercolor (in Leipers Fork)

Larry Montgomery was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana.  After graduation from High School, Larry was approached by Penthouse Magazine to do a cartoon series for them. He declined the job but instead chose to attend Louisiana Tech University studying architecture design.
After moving to Franklin, TN, Larry would travel often to Leipers Fork to browse antique shops.  Upon meeting local merchants, the Montgomery family decided that Leipers Fork was where they wanted to live. Since moving to Leipers Fork, Larry has been known as the ‘Sheriff’ of the community, volunteers ‘in character’ for various events and is one of the founding members of Jailhouse Industrys.
Larry is a full time watercolor artist, and does commission work for local individuals. Larry is also the artist of the Leipers Fork building murals, which are now reproduced as postcards and selling in the village. Larry, the actor, has performed in several feature films shot in various southern locations.

Dave Pic’kell – Pottery and Jewelry (off Blazer Road)

My love for pottery began in Southern California back in 1969. From the first time I put my hands on a wet ball of clay and turned on the potter’s wheel, I was hooked! After working with high fired functional stoneware for 25 years, I made the transition to Saggar Fired Pottery 22 years ago.
What attracts me to Saggarware is the partnership it gives me with nature, I get to decide the size and shape of the pot and nature is in charge of the decoration, (it’s a joyful collaboration) and always a surprise to open the Kiln door and see what we have created! I put my heart, soul, and 100% concentration into each and every piece. I truly believe that a part of my spirit inhabits every one of my creations.

Butler Steltemeier – Watercolor (off Boyd Mill in Leipers Fork)

Tennessee watercolorist Butler Steltemeier specializes in animal portraiture with a twist. Dreamy settings and startling details of fashion accessories lend whimsy to her otherwise dead-on realism used to present goat, cow, dog and sheep models in natural pose. In paintings that may vary from eight-inch head studies to dramatic large whole body portraits, the artist captures her four-legged models with a delightful use of rich colors and intense gradations.
Self-taught since childhood, Steltemeier began to win awards immediately after her first formal study at Spring Hill college under the tutelage of Father Craigan. She has among her many recognitions been awarded by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and is listed in the Who’s Who of Alabama Women Painters.
The artist is included in a long list of collections including the Tennessee State Museum, South Central Bell and American Airlines Headquarters. Private collectors include Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Joel, Steve and Eugenia Winwood, and Al and Tipper Gore.
A native of Nashville, Steltemeier lived in Magnolia Springs, Alabama for fifteen years with a year away in Manhattan that included study at the New York Art League. She spent a significant portion of her early career living the life of an art festival nomad, exhibiting and selling across the country.
Steltemeier now resides in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee with her canine companion Howdy Doody and several very individual felines. In addition to her artwork, the artists is busy writing her first children’s book.

Vic Hood – Woodcarving (in Leipers Fork)

Vic started carving in 1991 and began focusing on full-size human busts, for which he has since won over 100 awards. To develop his skills, he has studied woodcarving with Larry Rogers and John Burke and has attended wood-sculpting workshops in Europe. Vic teaches at workshops around the country and at his studio in Liepers Fork, TN. He has written several articles and two books and has appeared on the DIY Network. In 2011, he was selected as the “Woodcarving Illustrated” Carver of the Year and won 2nd Best of Show at the International Woodcarvers Congress.See the source image

Anne Goetze  – Painting and Photography  (off Carter’s Creek)

Anne Goetze resides on a small farm in the countryside outside of Leipers Fork, Tennessee. Her cherished subject matter features the rural life and landscape of middle Tennessee, as well as a certain beloved town in the French Alps that she frequently visits.
She has garnered an understanding by documentation, absorption and reflection.. that whether it be by our roots, transplanting or just traveling through… we all share in a connection to God’s Creation, and in the same shared relationship of our souls needing a ‘sense of place’.
Goetze’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, as well as the personal collections of  Oprah Winfrey, Tony Joe White, U S Senator Fred Thompson, Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Naomi Judd, John Hiatt, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others.
Anne Goetze is a member of the Oil Painters of America,  American Impressionist Society, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and The Chestnut Group, a non-profit plein air painters group dedicated to land conservancy.

Nathan Collie – Photography (off Carter’s Creek)

Growing up in a creative atmosphere with his parents in the music and art business, Nathan Collie was also influenced early on by spending much of his childhood years outdoors. The country life centered around
hunting and fishing, often accompanying by his mother while painting the local surroundings and landscape. As he studied the behavior of the natural world, it became a personal sanctuary for him,and he began to turn his attention to the camera to document those observations.

His work reflects the beauty of Middle Tennessee, the American West and a small village in Annecy, France. Thru his  films and visual subject matter, Nathan hopes to share  the universal relationship that threads the human spirit to the surrounding natural world.

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2017 Participating Artist’s


Janeth Murray McKendrick – Painter and Potter

4080 Carters Creek Pike   .    Franklin, TN 37064
Clay is in my DNA. My mother, a sculptor was a big influence. My clay creations are a new and challenging medium for me. Hopefully they are accurate representations of Nashville and Franklin historic buildings, churches, and private homes. Created completely by me, each one is unique, signed and numbered.

southernclay.com

 


Dave Pic’kell – Pottery and Jewelry

3124 Blazer Road  .  Franklin, TN  37064
My love for pottery began in Southern California back in 1969. From the first time I put my hands on a wet ball of clay and turned on the potter’s wheel, I was hooked! After working with high fired functional stoneware for 25 years, I made the transition to Saggar Fired Pottery 22 years ago.
What attracts me to Saggarware is the partnership it gives me with nature, I get to decide the size and shape of the pot and nature is in charge of the decoration, (it’s a joyful collaboration) and always a surprise to open the Kiln door and see what we have created! I put my heart, soul, and 100% concentration into each and every piece. I truly believe that a part of my spirit inhabits every one of my creations.

 


Jeni Housley – Clothing and Jewelry

778 High Point Ridge Road  .  Franklin, TN  37064
Jeni Housley, jewelry & clothing designer and artist, developed her love of color, designing and sewing as a teenager.  While at the University of Georgia, Jeni studied geology and minerals which has given her a depth of knowledge for the fine natural stones she incorporates into each of her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Through her extensive travels out West, Jeni’s love for horses, Native American arts and natural beauty have continued to inspire her and her creations. A Miami native, Jeni and her husband, Gary, made their Tennessee farm their home; raising two boys and an assortment of mules, mini-donkeys, llamas, sheep, dogs and cats.
Jeni’s beautiful jewelry and accessories can be found in fine stores and galleries throughout the U.S. Her recent travels have taken her as an exhibitor of her works to Las Vegas, Scottsdale, AZ, Palm Springs, CA, Louisville, KY, Florida (Wellington, Ocean Reef, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, Havana and Ocala), Fort Worth and Fredricksburg, TX, Pagosa, CO, Sister Bay, WI, Big Sky and Ennis, MT, and Blowing Rock, NC. Locally, Jeni’s work can been seen at the Omni Hotel in Nashville and at Leiper’s Fork and Franklin, TN.

 


Butler Steltemeier – Watercolor

4208 Old Hillsboro Rd, Suite 3 .  Franklin, TN  37064
Tennessee watercolorist Butler Steltemeier specializes in animal portraiture with a twist. Dreamy settings and startling details of fashion accessories lend whimsy to her otherwise dead-on realism used to present goat, cow, dog and sheep models in natural pose. In paintings that may vary from eight-inch head studies to dramatic large whole body portraits, the artist captures her four-legged models with a delightful use of rich colors and intense gradations.
Self-taught since childhood, Steltemeier began to win awards immediately after her first formal study at Spring Hill college under the tutelage of Father Craigan. She has among her many recognitions been awarded by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and is listed in the Who’s Who of Alabama Women Painters.
The artist is included in a long list of collections including the Tennessee State Museum, South Central Bell and American Airlines Headquarters. Private collectors include Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Joel, Steve and Eugenia Winwood, and Al and Tipper Gore.
A native of Nashville, Steltemeier lived in Magnolia Springs, Alabama for fifteen years with a year away in Manhattan that included study at the New York Art League. She spent a significant portion of her early career living the life of an art festival nomad, exhibiting and selling across the country.
Steltemeier now resides in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee with her canine companion Howdy Doody and several very individual felines. In addition to her artwork, the artists is busy writing her first children’s book.

 


Anne Goetze – Painting & Photography

4080 Carters Creek Pike .  Franklin, TN  37064
Anne Goetze resides on a small farm in the countryside outside of Leipers Fork, Tennessee. Her cherished subject matter features the rural life and landscape of middle Tennessee, as well as a certain beloved town in the French Alps that she frequently visits.
She has garnered an understanding by documentation, absorption and reflection.. that whether it be by our roots, transplanting or just traveling through… we all share in a connection to God’s Creation, and in the same shared relationship of our souls needing a ‘sense of place’.
Goetze’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, as well as the personal collections of  Oprah Winfrey, Tony Joe White, U S Senator Fred Thompson, Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Naomi Judd, John Hiatt, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others.
Anne Goetze is a member of the Oil Painters of America,  American Impressionist Society, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and The Chestnut Group, a non-profit plein air painters group dedicated to land conservancy.

annegoetze.com

 


Nathan Collie – Photography & Mixed Media

4080 Carters Creek Pike .  Franklin, TN  37064
Growing up in a creative atmosphere with his parents in the music and art business, Nathan Collie was also influenced early on by spending much of his childhood years outdoors. The country life centered around hunting and fishing, often accompanying by his mother while painting the local surroundings and landscape. As he studied the behavior of the natural world, it became a personal sanctuary for him,and he began to turn his attention to the camera to document those observations.

His work reflects the beauty of Middle Tennessee, the American West and a small village in Annecy, France. Thru his  films and visual subject matter, Nathan hopes to share  the universal relationship that threads the human spirit to the surrounding natural world.

nathancollie.com

 


Penny Ward and the Wool Sisters – Fiber Artists

Franklin, TN 37064
The Wool Sisters have been creating one-of-a-kind hooked rugs since 2000. Founding member Virginia Baker taught herself the age-old art of primitive rug hooking, then shared her knowledge with her sister and local women from Maury and Williamson Counties.
The group grew and members attended rug hooking camps in Chattanooga and elsewhere to refine their skills and learn new techniques. There they met and befriended women from around the country. The group now includes women from Atlanta to Chicago, all showcasing this time-honored art form.
Whereas pioneer women used whatever scraps of wool they had on hand, the Wool Sisters buy wool by the bolt to “paint with wool” and create pictorial scenes, geometric designs and portraits. They use a variety of techniques — including wide-cut strips and needle-felting — to add interest and embellish their work. Several of the members of the Wool Sisters have taught primitive rug hooking at the esteemed John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. They are pleased to be able to share their art with the Williamson County community during this studio tour.