The Art Market Gallery is a cooperative of more than sixty East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. We are located in the heart of downtown Knoxville with convenient parking on Gay Street, State Street Parking Garage and Market Square Parking Garage.

Lynda Best



For me, everything in nature is moving energy and that is part of my spirituality. The water and flowers are constantly changing because of our mountain seasons. I use acrylic in a modern impressionistic style with entrancing outlines and colors that “freeze” the movement and constant change found in the nature of Beautiful Tennessee.


I was born in Wichita, Kansas, yet moved around the South as I grew up. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I completed the following degrees: B.A. Art Education at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, M. A. in Educational Austin Peay State University and ED.S in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

I have taught private art lessons, been a part-time Art teacher in 4 different public schools, worked at Cheekwood over 30 years ago when I first graduated and did a CCap program with the public schools (lived in Nashville 8 years then moved to the Tellico River and mountains). I helped start MACA (Monroe Area Council Arts) in Monroe County. I taught 4 1/2 years for the Tennessee Arts Commission in the Sweetwater City School System.

I was Artist-In-Residency at Waterhouse Pavillion in Chattanooga with AVA, and participated in one or two person’s shows throughout Atlanta, Georgia; Dalton Georgia; shows in Nashville, Cumberland and many places in Tennessee including the Oak Ridge Art Museum. I presently am exhibiting at Knoxville Art Market, Illuminations (Knoxville), Tellico Arts Center (Tellico Plains), and River Impressions (Tellico Plains)
When teaching, I had always painted every weekend and, after teaching 36 years, I retired May 2014!!! Now, I have had time to focus on all aspects of my art career including social media besides the meditative creation part. I am so so blessed and grateful to be able to be full time with my painting and my many creative interests.


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