Fall is in the AIR–October Events

Fall is in the AIR–October Events

Hi Everyone–

My favorite season is HERE!  I love everything about Autumn!  Pumpkins, Holidays, and Crisp Cool Air!  In the spirit of the season, we have some fabulous events planned at TFAC to celebrate ALL that is FALL!

Mark your Calendars!


Please Join us for A Celebration of Quilts


The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is proud to bring you Threads of Time– A journey from the past to the present with a collection of quilts representing our community’s rich quilting heritage and our local talented quilters carrying on this art form.

This collection will showcase quilts that have been handed down from earlier generations and today’s quilts which may still use those traditional patterns or which may break new ground.

Each quilt is a story and the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is delighted and proud that we are able to bring these stories to you in this unique and beautiful exhibit!

Opening reception is Saturday October 17, 2015   5pm to 7 pm.

With the show ending Saturday November 14, 2015

Regular Exhibit hours:

Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm

Saturdays 12 pm to 3 pm.

Admission price is $5 for TFAC members

and $7 for non-members


The New Delicious….

Healthy, Fun and Fresh solutions for your Holiday Meals & Entertaining!

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The TFAC is excited to present a series of 3 cooking classes. This series has been created for the novice cook, or for anyone who might have missed a step along the way in their culinary adventures or the cook just looking for a new approach in the kitchen. The classes are designed to help you become more efficient and knowledgeable in the kitchen, and help you develop and define healthy and fresh solutions with new and old favorite ingredients. Classes include demonstrations, hands on experiences and samples of featured dishes.  Printed recipes are available to take home with you.

October 22nd : Appetizers   stuffed mushrooms

  • Garlic Roasted Hummus
  • Indian Curry Deviled Eggs
  • Tapenade with Polenta Chips
  • Bacon Wrapped Water chestnuts
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

November 19th: Entrée & Side Dishes

beef wellington

  • Beef Wellington
  • Brussel Sprouts Gratin
  • Creamy Sweet Potatoes
  • Cauliflower Rice with Peas


December 17th: Desserts


  • Fudge with Pecans
  • Molten Lava Cake
  • Pineapple Pecan Tidbits
  • Macaroons

Classes are held at the TFAC from 6pm to 8 pm.

 Class size is limited so register right away. Come be pART of the fun!

Wine and other beverages will be served!

You may take a single class or register for the entire series at a discount.

Individual fee per class :

Appetizers $45.00 USD
Entree $45.00 USD
Desserts $45.00 USD
Series $120.00 USD

Non Members
Appetizers $55.00 USD
Entree $55.00 USD
Desserts $55.00 USD
Series $150.00 USD



Dazzle Your Friends…

with your very own custom cards made especially for them!

In this class you will learn the technique of Iris Folding paper to create beautiful designs for a custom greeting card.


The class fee includes the two hour instruction, paper, tape and a pattern for you to take home. You will also complete the greeting card from your choice of one of the two patterns available.

Once you have learned this technique, you can create your own greeting cards, ornaments, bookmarks, journal covers or just let your imagine soar!

Class fee: $30 includes ALL materials and a pattern.  Please bring your favorite pair of scissors!

Dates: Friday October 23, 2015

  • Beginners–9:30 to 11:30 am               Beginner’s pattern            Pear or Turkey
  • Intermediate–1:00 to 3:00 pm             Intermediate pattern         Butterfly or Cardinal

Friday December 4, 2015

  • Beginners–9:30 to 11:30 am               Beginner’s pattern            Christmas Tree or Cupcake
  • Intermediate–1:00 to 3:00 pm             Intermediate pattern         Snowman or Cross

(Intermediate open to participates from the morning class or any one who has already learned the Iris Folding technique)

Class size is limited so register right away.

Become a member of TFAC and enjoy discounted prices on this class and all of our other classes, programs and exhibits. 

  • STUDENT (w/ ID) — $20



Hello, September!

Hello, September!

As our summer is winding down, I would like to share with you some great events to look forward to as we head into FALL!

The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit is off to a wonderful start!  We have had lots of visitors during our opening weekend receptions and throughout last week.  If you have not had a chance to come by and see this gorgeous exhibit, please put it on your calendar (see previous post for all AWS hours).  We will have special evening hours this Thursday, September 3rd from 6-8 pm for those who cannot make it during our Regular Business hours: 9 am -3 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


We will also have our Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, September 10th from 5-8 pm.  This will be a “Potluck” reception, so please bring your favorite covered dish and join us at 5 pm for refreshments and visiting.  Our business meeting will begin at 6 pm, where everyone will be brought up to speed on what has been happening throughout the year and on what great plans we have in store for 2016!  All Members will be able to view the AWS exhibit that evening FREE of charge.  So if you have not renewed or would like to join, this will be the perfect opportunity!  We have also extended our watercolor classes with Kay Foote, Pat Rollie and Ann Smotherman. Click here for more details Watercolor Classes.

In October, will be presenting a very special art exhibition!

A Celebration of Quilts ………… From the Past to the Presentquilt

A collection of quilts representing our rich quilting heritage combined with today’s talented quilters will be on display at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center October 17th through November 13th. Within a limited amount of space, we hope to showcase quilts that have been handed down from earlier generations and today’s quilts which may still use those traditional patterns or which may break new ground. We are targeting a selection of 10 quilts from each of the two categories-Past and Present. Past is loosely defined as at least one generation past and Present is within the past 10 years. It is important that the quilts of the past be in good condition, without tears and major repairs needed. We understand that with age there will be normal wear and perhaps a minor stain here and there, but the overall appearance must be presentable.

If you have quilts that you would like to be considered for this exhibition, please reply to Pat Rollie, ASAP. Pat can be reached at or telephone Pat at 323-333-6488.

Please be aware due to the extreme wall limitations, worthy quilts may not be selected for this show.   Our goal is to have the greatest variety of styles and techniques as possible.

coloring 1We will also be continuing our Friday afternoon Coloring Class!

Join us from 12:30 to 2:30 for a Fun afternoon with Friends!  Bring your Favorite beverage and we will provide the rest!  Only $10 for Members and $15 for Non-Members.  If you haven’t tried this yet, you should!  It’s SO much fun to be a kid again!

Stay tuned for other upcoming events and activities…we are working on some really exciting things for the near future!!  And we want you all to be pART of the FUN!




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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Tullahoma FIne Arts


The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit Opening August 22nd.

The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit Opening August 22nd.


Linda Baker, “His Keys”


William Vrscak, “Behind the Playground”

The AWS Exhibition is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions (one per artist), 147 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour museums and galleries across the country.

While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also competed for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and 29 other awards and medals with more than $40,000 in prize money.

The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. Membership has included many of the greatest names in painting throughout the history of the Society, including the great American Impressionist Childe Hassam, the well-known regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.

The 148th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society opens on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, in the Regional Art Gallery at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through September 20th and admission is $10.

Special Gallery hours for the Exhibit are as follows:


Mike Kowalski, “Read All About It”

Opening weekend—Saturday, August 22nd, 3-5 pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 1-3 pm

Special After Hours—Thursday, September 3rd, 6-8 pm
Thursday, September 10th, 5-8 pm
(Annual Members Meeting—FREE admission)

Closing weekend—Saturday, September 19th, 3-5 pm
Sunday, September 20th, 1-3 pm

Regular Business hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.

All other hours by appointment only.

As a special bonus, TFAC will be offering 4 watercolor classes on opening day, August 22nd.


Artist Ann Smotherman

“First Time Florals” Instructor Kay Foote 9 am to 11 am

Level: Beginner

This class will introduce the student to watercolor techniques with the class project of a fun floral. A step-by-step procedure will teach you the beauty of watercolor.

All materials provided. Material fee $15

“Introduction to Watercolor and Color Mixing” Instructor Pat Rollie 11 am to 1 pm

If you have always wanted to learn to paint with watercolors but just to timid to try, this is the class for you! You will learn the watercolor basics through fun and playful exercises. The art of color mixing will be part of the class exercises.

All materials provided. Material fee $15

“Capturing the Essence of Clouds” Instructor Jim House 9 am to 11 am

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This class will explore shape, size, shading and arrangement of clouds to create
spectacular and dramatic skies. Mastering the art of clouds impacts the atmosphere and drama of your painting. This class will take you there.

Bring your watercolor supplies of paint, paper and brushes and accessories.

“Fruit, Fabric & Silver” Instructor Ann Smotherman 12 pm to 2 pm

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Bring a fruit, fabric and silver piece to this instructive class on composition and inspiration. You will transform 3 simple objects into a wonderful watercolor painting reflecting the fluidity and seeming spontaneity of this medium.

Bring your watercolor supplies of paint, paper and brushes and accessories.
Suggested paper size of 12” x 16” or 10” x 14.”
Pencil and kneaded eraser
A few silver pieces will be available if you need them.

Registration fee for each class is $50.  Email to reserve your spot.

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August classes–Adult Coloring!!


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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Tullahoma FIne Arts


TFAC Newsletter

TFAC Newsletter

We have had a very busy spring at TFAC!  We are so excited about all the great things that have been going on at 401 South Jackson Street!  If you missed some of the fun, here is a look back at the past few months….


In March we hosted the Tennessee Crafts–Plateau Chapter in the Regional Art Gallery!  We had 15 artists display a beautiful variety of crafts–from pottery and pulp painting to blown glass and handmade jewelry!  This display was absolutely spectacular!  If you are ever in Smithville, stop by the Appalachian Center for Crafts and say “Hi” to our friends from the Plateau Chapter!

April was Autism Awareness month and TFAC went BLUE for autism!  We hosted an “Art on the Spectrum” exhibit featuring artists that have autism spectrum disorder.  These amazing artists and their families showcased their unique talents through digital artwork, painting and even metal sculpture!  This was a very special exhibit and we look forward to working with these kids and families in the future!

Tammy O’Connor exhibited her beautiful stained glass in May!  “Hand-Shadows:  Imaginations in Glass”  was a beautiful display of hand crafted shadow-art designed in stained glass!  These pieces represented stories her mother had shared with her as a child.  There was also a station set up for our visitors to make hand shadows and create their own stories–How fun!


In April, we began work on our raised beds and community garden with grant funds we received from the Bonnaroo Works Foundation in 2014.  We designed a rock wall around the east side of the house and have planted herbs and vegetables, along with some beautiful butterfly bushes and sunflowers!  We are looking forward to sharing tomatoes, zucchini and squash very soon! 

On May 5th, we participated in the Big Payback!  Our campaign was “Building Our Nest Egg!”  We hosted an event on April 25th, where we invited friends and families in the community to help us spread the word about the Big Payback.  We painted birdhouses and created nest drawings that were displayed around Tullahoma businesses!  On May 5th, our great volunteers made phone calls to our almost 300 members to remind them to make a donation to TFAC.  We raised $2335 to help us “Build Our Nest Egg!”  We also received Honorable Mention from the Community Foundation of TN for our Creative Campaign.  Thank you to those that participated and if you missed out on the fun–its not too late.  You can make a donation anytime–just let us know you are helping build our nest egg in the memo. 

Over the past several months we have had a complete makeover of our Dot Porter Memorial Library!  Beth and Nick Johnson along with Kay Foote have worked so hard organizing and categorizing our art library.  Many of these books were donated in memory of Beth’s mother, Dot Porter.  Members have the opportunity to checkout these books  and learn more about different art techniques or gain knowledge of art history! 

Along with all the great things happening at the Center, I have been out and about sharing with the community about what we are doing at TFAC.  Thank you to the Rotary Noon Club, the Franklin County Arts Guild and the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club for inviting me to speak to your groups about TFAC!  I am looking forward to partnering with your groups to accomplish our mission of providing arts for all!

HI’S and BYE’S

May was our last month with Ray Toth as Board President.  Ray’s time with us was invaluable, helping us develop a 5-year strategic plan.  We also had to say goodbye to Frank Wonder as Treasurer in April.  I want give a huge thank you to both of them for the time they gave to TFAC and serving on our Board!  As Ray and Frank depart, I would like to welcome Dick Fewell, Rhessa Hanson and Aaron Carmack to fill the vacant positions.  All new positions are interim until our Annual Membership meeting in September.


I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Southern Community Bank and  Bill Yoder for funding $3075 to upgrade our elevator to state required codes.  The use of our elevator is vital to hosting art exhibits and I cannot say how much we appreciate your support for this urgent need!  Thank you also to Stephen Worsham and Junk and Disorderly for providing funds for this as well.

We would also like to recognize the newest Corporate Members to our “Master Class Members Club”.  Welcome Trader’s Bank, L&H Distributing, Fewell and Fogarty Orthodontics,  & Stan McNabb Automotives.  Thank you for your support of the Arts in our community!  Please let us know if your business would like to support TFAC though Corporate Membership!


Summer is here and we are off to a great start! 

The First Lady of Tennessee, Crissy Haslam paid a visit to TFAC on Friday, June 12th collecting information on Craft artists in our area.  She will be hosting her annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays tour in December and her theme for 2015 is Crafts in Tennessee.  We had a wonderful visit showing the First Lady around TFAC, sharing with her about the 48 member artists, the history of the building and the great plans we have for our future!  Denise, from the Celtic Cup Coffee House was so kind to provide tea and scones for us to enjoy while we chatted with the First Lady.

The Franklin County Arts Guild are displaying a group exhibit in the Regional Art Gallery this month.  We enjoyed a “Meet the Artist” reception on Saturday, June 13th from 6-8.  This show is quite diverse, displaying  a wide variety of different art styles!  Please make time to come by and see it before the show ends on June 26th!  You can also visit the Artisan Depot in Cowan to see more works from these amazing artists.

We began our first week of Summer Art Camp on Monday June 15th and we are having a blast!  We have 31 campers joining us everyday for our “Urban Art” camp.  We have packed in tons of fun activities this week and it is so cool to see their creative juices flowing!  We have kept these kiddos busy, teaching them T-shirt design, Mixed Media cityscapes, and started our Paper Mache masks.  Next week we will finish our masks, learn how to make chalk and have a lesson in graffiti, emphasizing the elements of design: Line, Color and Shape.  These budding artists will have their work displayed at South Jackson Civic Center in July during the production of “Rent.”  We are so proud of them!!!  I have a feeling our Members Gallery is going to be a lot fuller in a few years!!

We are also very excited to announce we received $5000 from the Bonnaroo Works Foundation!  We will be creating an outdoor classroom (patio/garden) using recycled materials with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.  We are looking forward to all of the great activities we will be able to do in our new outdoor space!  Thank you BONNAROO!!

Don’t forget we will be closed for the month of July.  We will be busy preparing our calendar for 2016 and making arrangements to host the American Watercolor Society’s travelling exhibit in August!  If you would like to be considered as a featured artist, please email me at 

I hope everyone has Safe and Happy Summer!


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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Tullahoma FIne Arts


TFAC welcomes the Franklin County Arts Guild!

TFAC welcomes the Franklin County Arts Guild!

We are so excited to be hosting our friends from the Franklin County Arts Guild for our June Art Show Exhibition!  These talented artists have filled our Regional Art Gallery with a spectacular exhibit!  Please join us this Saturday, June 13th between 6-8 for a “Meet the Artist” reception and come see for yourselves what a gorgeous display this really is!


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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Tullahoma FIne Arts


Annual Membership Renewal–June 1st

Annual Membership Renewal–June 1st


Hi TFAC Members!

June 1st, 2015 is the date for our new Annual Membership Renewal.  Be on the look out for a reminder in the mail and THANK YOU  for your support of our Arts Center through membership!


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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Tullahoma FIne Arts


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