A special art exhibit is on display in the lobby of the historic General Morgan Inn until October 26.
The exhibit, “Fine Art in Northeast Tennessee,” is an exhibit of artists who are members of the Northeast Chapter of Tennessee Craft, according to a press release from the hotel.
The exhibition features works by six regional artists including Richard Dwyer (wood), Nancy Fischman (clay), Dwight Hobbs (wood), Louise Nuttle (fiber), Nancy Wagner (fiber) and George Wurtzel (wood).
The opening coincides with the kickoff of Tennessee Craft Week, a statewide week-long celebration of craftspeople and craftspeople in Tennessee. The week will conclude with the 43rd Annual Tennessee Fall Craft Fair, October 8-10, at Centennial Park in Nashville. Two of the featured artists exhibiting at the General Morgan Inn – Nancy Wagner and Richard Dwyer – will also participate in the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair.
“We are so happy to be back at the General Morgan Inn after so many craft shows and fairs were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic,” said Louise Nuttle, current president of the Northeast Chapter. “While social media is great for sharing images and e-commerce has been a lifeline for artists who make a living from their craft, there is no substitute for seeing this work up close and in person. We appreciate the General Morgan Inn so much for supporting local artists and allowing us to use their beautiful lobby to share our work with the public.
For anyone interested in purchasing any of the pieces on display at the end of the exhibition or inquiring about other works by exhibiting artists, their contact details can be found next to their exhibition pieces as well as information about artists.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the General Morgan Inn. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite room by submitting a ballot located on a table in the center of the hotel lobby. The show will be officially judged later in October, with prizes awarded for “Best in Show” as well as prizes for first, second and third place. A certificate will also be awarded for “People’s Choice”, based on the ballots collected at the exhibit.
The Northeast Chapter is one of six active chapters across the state and represents and hosts craft artists from Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. The chapter will highlight several artists exhibiting each day on their Instagram and Facebook feeds during Tennessee Craft Week – follow them @tncraftne.
To learn more about Tennessee Craft, including information on other Tennessee Craft Week events and the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, visit her website at TennesseeCraft.org.
To learn more about the North East Chapter or to inquire about how to become a member, email [email protected] or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @tncraftne.