Townsend Artisan Guild

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

Sculpture, Clay

Elaine Barnes

Sculptor Harbour Arts by Elaine


“I am inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me and my work reflects the joy and connection that I feel daily with Mother Earth. First, there is the joy of learning. Whether working with glass, clay or paint, there is an ongoing learning process. Second, there is the joy of spending time doing what I love to do. And lastly, I hope that my creations will bring joy to others.”


Evelyn Bryant


“I never start a sculpture thinking, “What do I want this piece to say?”.  The work comes from within, from what I have read or heard, from feelings evoked, and then put into form.  In the end, I see what the clay has said.”

Annamaria Gundlach



“Clay is a formless mass of mud that offers a challenge to the artist who must be the architect, chemist, and conjurer.  Each of my sculptures has its own voice with begins to speak during the creative process."


Dave Huber

Stringtown Pottery


“My journey is a mesh of experiences from living in Japan, years as a professional carpenter, and a life-long interest in archaeology, geology and children’s drawings. I see my work as a gift from the ancients of cultures and as snippets of imagery aesthetically melded by geologic and archaeological influences.”

Bill Shinn

Shinn Custom Carving


"The exit from two-dimensional “flatwork” into the world of “3-D” is an adventure of communicating depth in the round. The artist can discover new possibilities in offering shape and balance to the real touch of texture in creating form."


Sharon Webb

Webb Wildlife


“My ultimate achievement is creating a believable, anatomically accurate wildlife figure that conveys the emotion of the moment. Three dimensional sculptures blend my own inspiration with the realistic standards that I set for myself.”


Fiber Art, Natural Fibers

Deborah Adams

Fiber Art Design


“My inspiration comes from the many color changes of the Smoky Mountains and the bounty of wildflowers. Hearing the water rush over the rocks in the Little River gives me a sense of peace and restfulness as does gazing at the blue haze over the Smokies’ mountain ridges.”

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Kathryn Barrow

The Peaceful Petal


"I create fine lace accessories, uniquely crafted in natural fibers and inspired by the intricacies of wildflowers. From lace shawls in silks or cottons for a cool summer evening to warm wools for the snowy days, each piece is an individual design.”

Kathy Dittmaier



“My love of fabric has brought me full circle from garment construction to fiber art quilting.

  Who knew making clothing could turn out to be so much fun.” 

Melanie Eichholz



“Whether needle felting or wet felting, I feel like I am painting with a technicolor palette of cotton candy. Felting brings a fascinating, tactile joy in working with a range of materials, textures and colors which opens unlimited possibilities to excite my creative flow.”



Lynn Hash

Fiber Arts Creations


“I enjoy visioning an image and then starting with the raw fibers to develop the colors, texture, and style to represent my vision. I learn from every piece that I complete and continue developing unique and more intriguing representations of the world around us.”

Raeus Jae Cannon


“When working on a garment, I find the back to be the most exciting. Often overlooked, the back is the perfect, uninterrupted highway for my U-turns to begin. I combine pin loom weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and beading. My artwork pays tribute to my mother’s voice in my ear and life’s U-turns.”

Victoria Law


“Something created from found items in nature is a joy to create and a pleasure to see.  I choose to live life as art.”

Beryl Lumpkin


I have been making baskets with natural materials for over 30 years recently adding waxed linen. I am constantly searching for new and different natural fibers and dyes to use. The continuing challenge to create unusual baskets and to perfect working “small” keeps me in the woods gathering.

Steve Prentice


 “I enjoy both the creative side of fiber arts, in particular taking the raw material and transforming through multiple stages to a finished product, and the technical side by understanding the tools of the trade and the structure of yarn and cloth”.

Vicky Walker

Victoria’s Lace, Etc.


"I seek to clothe women in grace and beauty through elegant crocheted lace wardrobe enhancements in luxurious fibers. Informed by history. Transformed for today."




Glass, Jewelry

Sissy Caldwell


"I enjoy learning new techniques that allow me to meet the challenge of fashioning countless designs inspired by living amidst the beauty of East Tennessee.  My signature off-loom bead weaving incorporates precious metal clay, glass, natural items, enameling, and other techniques into one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the beauty of God’s abundant love."

Becky Goodman

Cabin Treasures


“I strive to create glass art that becomes a part of one's daily surroundings and enhances lives visually while being unique and emotionally connected to the individual.  Glass is a perfect medium and can be designed to meet an infinite variety of tastes, budgets and surroundings."



Dave Neamand

Jewelry by Dave Neamand


“I strive to create jewelry that is so individual and well designed that it becomes a family heirloom to be cherished for many generations.”


Painting / Graphic Art

Lois Alexander

Alexander Graphics


“Art has truly been a lifelong passion for me and I continue to explore the serious and the whimsical through painting, pen and ink, and pastels.”

  Arline Boyce



  “In gratitude and joy.... I Paint therefore I Am!”


Karen Bracket



“Art is a natural magnet. If my work can draw a viewer into a moment of beauty and pleasure, then I have met my goal of offering a moment of joy and gratitude."


Melanie Eichholz


“An Artist’s Quest is one of Hope.  Creating art is a journey of the Spirit with an unknown destination. Inspiration is found everywhere.  In a phrase, a flower, a still moment in time or the single heartbeat of hope.”

Ken Kant


“My joy in painting comes from putting colors and shapes together in a way that pleases the eye.”

Inna Nasonova Knox


"My wish is that the viewer’s eye will see the dramatic hues and shares my passion for art.”

Susan McCollum


Painting is an intuitive process for me that is intertwined with walking and exploring. I am inspired by the mystery and complexity of the natural world and rely on it as a source, investigating and exploring forms and patterns as well as the effects of time, water and wind upon these forms. While exploring, I take snapshots and make sketches and when a theme begins to emerge, I develop it into a series of several paintings by playing with line, shape and color. Art has provided me with endless delights and challenges, stimulating my imagination and deepening my appreciation of life and the world. I try to express that delight and appreciation in my art.

MJ Montgomery


“As a naturalist and outdoor person, my work reflects my love of the Smokies and the flora and fauna of our world.”

Lyda Plemons


"The joy of creating art cannot be fully expressed but with each painting, I wish to convey my inner        feelings. From a water drop, to a striking red rose, to a warm evening sunset, I challenge myself to        convey what I feel for others to enjoy.”


Mary Proffitt


"I love color; the color of art, the color of cooking, the color of nature and the every changing color of Tennessee seasons. Using my God given talent of creativity is what makes me happy and Alcohol Ink is a medium that is exciting, different, unpredictable and colorful.”


Betty Polk

BP International Marketing


“I work with high technology by “day”, and find art in wood carving, painting and photography to round out my life and provide enjoyment and relaxation.”

Yichen Reneau


“Art is my view of the world that I want to share with people.”



Linda Rohrer


“When I feel as if I have lost my way, I turn to painting and drawing and focus on the peoples, landscapes, and animals in the world around me.”



Bill Shinn

Shinn Custom Carving


"Basic drawing skills are essential for visual expression. The incorporation of texture and contrast are elements that invite the viewer to journey through the depths of a composition.  The printmaker is limited only by his imagination. The joy in creating an artistic expression through the etched plate is satisfied by the unlimited available possibilities. The printmaker has to be not only a draftsman but a chemist, engineer, and, in some cases, a machinist."


Suzanna Terrill


“After a successful bout with breast cancer, I joined a friend on the back of a Harley and went West. The trip was hot, dusty and challenging. When I realized I was riding on the Trail of Tears, I felt the soul of each Native American who had walked that trail. My inner voice told me to paint those struggles: a story of perseverance no matter where the trail might lead. So I have begun… "

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Jeanie VanWinkle


“Art is for me an interpretation of the natural and man-made world around us. The challenge is to express this array of visual images in a way unique and personal."

Sharon Webb

Webb Wildlife


"As a child I dreamed of becoming an artist and growing up in East Tennessee I naturally wanted to paint nature and wildlife scenes. I never tire of trying to capture the essence of what makes an animal come to life on canvas.”


Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber Fine Art


"I grew up on a farm so painting the rural landscape is pure pleasure for me.  Painting also allows me to share my observations of unique personalities and charms of a variety of animals.  Commissions of your pet or favorite landscape are welcomed."



Marietta “Marcy” Ballis


"We are gifted with an ongoing outdoor drama in these East Tennessee hills, mountains and valleys.  My part as a photographer, interpreter of what I see in my time, is to bring a fresh view of place, my vision of beauty as made with my camera. The work is secondary to the joy of being out there."

Susan Cooper


“I lose track of time setting up shots and experimenting with angles, light and camera adjustments.  My goal is to reflect the world around us through all forms of nature photography.  While understanding the camera and software is essential, it takes more than the technology to reflect the elusive beauty seen by the mind and heart.”

William Culler


"The Great Smoky Mountains fuels my excitement for photography and the desire to capture the area’s beauty. I feel blessed and privileged to live in and photograph the landscape and history of East Tennessee. My goal as a photographer is to not only share the wonderful sights, but to help visually preserve these mountains and landscapes for all to enjoy in the years to come."

Jim Joyce


Joyce always tries to have a camera with him wherever he goes.  His philosophy is that the “Kodak moment” is always there, it is just a question of realizing or identifying it.  Without the camera, it is often reminiscent of the fisherman’s story of the “one who got away.”



Dan Meadows

Dan Meadows Nature Photography


“Photographing the beauty of nature fulfills the soul. Preserving the handiwork of the Creator for the enjoyment of others is quite rewarding. We can travel great distances to see the world's wonder or, we can ‘go out our back door’ and see one of the most beautiful places on earth - in and around Townsend.”


Gary Millar


“To me, photography is a way to look my surroundings and to strive to capture a bit of wonder that would often be overlooked.”

Betty Polk

BP International Marketing


“I work with high technology by “day”, and find art in wood carving, painting and photography to round out my life and provide enjoyment and relaxation.”

Kathy Smith, CPP

Kathy Smith Photography, LLC


“My goal is to offer classic and elegant images that last a lifetime. When not photographing people and relationships, I enjoy capturing images of wildlife and landscapes. My portfolio includes events and commercial photo shoots as well. I enjoy restoring photographs to reflect previous lifetimes. I am a professional photographer certified by Professional Photographers of America."


Tyson Smith, CPP

Wild and Wonderful Photography


"Sometimes the narrative of my image is documentary and other times it is more creative. My goal is to stimulate emotion and provoke thought in the viewer. If I can encourage a desire to become a character in the story and a longing to connect with the natural spirit of the subject of the image, I will have contributed to the balance in life of my audience. "


Sharon Webb

Webb Wildlife


“Photography allows me to step outside of the labor of creating a three dimensional piece to enjoy the simple freedom of seeing what is in front of me.”



Mike Clemmer

Wood n' Strings Dulcimer Shop



Peter Mueller


“Although I begin with a photograph and an actual scene, I add vitality and historical context to the scene through imagination. I enjoy the challenge of combining woodworking skills to create miniature replicas of the world around us.”


Chris DesMarteau


“I use local Tennessee woods to create a diversified collection of animals, structures, and mountain scenes.  I continue to ‘discover’ diverse uses of wood art in Intarsia, wood carving, and wood burning.”

Betty Polk

BP International Marketing


“I work with high technology by “day”, and find art in wood carving, painting and photography to round out my life and provide enjoyment and relaxation.”

Bill Shinn

Shinn Custom Carving


"The natural beauty of wood itself is an invitation for a craftsman to explore techniques and skills to take a common stick or gunstock and transform it into a work of art as an artistic heirloom."


John Wharton