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

  • Susan Cooper, President
  • Suzanna Terrill, Past President
  • Rex Gullufsen, Vice President
  • Jeanie VanWinkle, Treasurer
  • Ruth White, Secretary
  • Sharon Fasanella, Community Liaison
  • Sharon Webb
  • Richard Way, Community Liaison


Major Committees

  • Jury Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Exhibit and Education


Supporting Members

  • Charlotte Appleton
  • Sharon M. Fasanella
  • Janice Filmore, Miss Lilly’s Cafe
  • Carl Goodman, The Isaac Company
  • Linda Gullufsen
  • Patricia Irby
  • Cheri LaValley
  • Jeanie and Barry VanWinkle
  • Debbie and Richard Way, Barn Event Center
  • Ruth White, Tuckaleechee Retreat Center
  • Nancy Williams
  • Connie Clemmer
  • Georgie Whitley
  • Karen Wynn
  • Freida Herron
  • Jane Ellen and Mike Rawdon
  • Stanley Sisk
  • Nancy Thompson, Smoky Mountain Spinnery