Gordon Fowler, whose background includes carpentry and a degree in microbiology from University of Tennessee, studied at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and the Kentucky School of Craft.
Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, 2005, 2016
Arts and Culture Alliance Arts in the Airtport, 2016
Arts and Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, 2017
Master Woodworker’s Show, 2017
Featured Artist City View Magazine, 2017
Best in Show, Mountain Makins, Morristown, TN, 2018
Gordon has been turning wood since 2002, creating pleasing shapes with an eye on form and proportion. "I love the symmetry and symbolism of circles and am inspired by the patterns and contrasts found in nature," he says.
With his three children now grown, this full-time stay-at-home dad spends his time in the kitchen, tending to the chickens, volunteering, and at the lathe, where he enjoys creating works from recycled logs that would otherwise have gone into someone's fireplace or the landfill.
Woodworking has been in Janis’s family for several generations dating back to the first settlers in Sevier County. She grew up helping her father in his wood shop and learned her woodworking skills from him. In the 80’s she taught herself pyrography incorporating it into he woodturnings. For over 20 years she has been a full time craft artists, working with her sister in their father’s old wood shop in the mountains of Pittman-Center.
Her work is a mixture of traditional Appalachia turning along with contemporary designs.
Janis has both studied and assisted at Arrowmont. She has been featured on “The Heartland Series.” She is also a member of Foothills Craft Guild and TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists), and has been the recipient of Purchase Awards at the Best of Tennessee TACA and the Arrowmont Juried Biennial 2001 and 2003. In 2009, Janis was invited to be a demonstrator in the Utah Woodturning Symposium. There were 8 countries represented at the Symposium.
Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor.
A member of the Oil Painters of America, National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, Northshore Art Association, and the American Association of Woodturners.
He has participated in numerous juried exhibitions in New York, including Allied Artists, American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, National Arts Club, Hudson Valley Arts Association, as well as Adirondack National Watercolor Exhibition, Faces of America (a national watercolor portrait show), Academic Artists Association, Springfield Arts League, Springfield, MA, Guild of Boston Artists, Copley Society, Boston, MA, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, Tennessee Watercolor Society, and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.
He has won the Gold Medal for watercolor at the American Artists Professional League, Honorable Mention-The Artist’s Magazine annual competition as well as many national and regional awards Nelson’s works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.