Townsend Artisan Guild

"The Voice of Art on the quiet side of the Smokies"

About Us

 The Townsend Artisan Guild, founded in 2007, brings fine artists and fine crafts persons from East Tennessee together to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group, through the individual participation of its members, strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops.


The Guild provides member artists opportunities for self-promotion through art shows, exhibits, community activities, and printed and electronic means. Monthly meetings and other events provide members a creative forum to share ideas, to inspire others, and to explore business realities.





Membership is open to:


  • actively working artisans
  • aspiring artists
  • sponsors of the arts in the community


We seek East Tennessean artisans and fine crafts persons who are interested in working with other artisans to build a strong and supportive fine arts and fine crafts community.


The Guild manages a Gallery located at 7719 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN.  The Gallery provides an opportunity for its members to display and sell their work to those who live in our community and those who are visitors to the area.  Participation in the Gallery is open on a quarterly basis.

Board Members

  • Claudia Erwin, President
  • Susan Cooper, Past President, Co-Chair, SMFAF
  • Bill Shinn, Vice President
  • Ruth White, Finance, Co-Chair SMFAF
  • Donna Beshore
  • Kathy Dittmaier
  • Barbara Rabek
  • Carol Troyer
  • Richard Way
  • Jane Ellen Rawdon
  • Kent Kant, Honorary Board Member


Major Committees

  • Jury Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Exhibit and Education


Supporting Members

  • Charlotte Appleton
  • Nita Beale
  • Carol Campbell
  • Carl Goodman, Isaac Network
  • Fredia Herron
  • David McCollum
  • Nancy Barbee
  • Sara Berry
  • Mary Ann Everett
  • Maria Frankel
  • Jan Legg
  • Jim/Marguerite Lewis
  • Suzanne Moore
  • Jane Ellen & Mike Rawdon
  • Alice & John Sheffield
  • Nancy Thompson, Smoky Mountain Spinnery
  • Barry Van Winkle
  • Debbie & Richard Way, Barn Event Center
  • Ruth White
  • Georgie Whitley
  • Karen & Ralph Wynn