Join us at Art on Track Oct. 13, 2018!

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail will host the Art on Track Festival, featuring art, railroad history, demonstrations, storytelling and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the historic N.C. & St. L. DArt on Track-2018-logo art deco yellowepot & Railroad Museum, 582 S. Royal St., in Jackson, Tenn. This year, exhibits will include other regional artisans who are not WTAT members, showing their fine art, traditional art, and folk art. Among those confirmed are the Storytellers League, woodturners and weavers, who will participate. For more information and vendor applications, call (731) 394-2894, email, or check the website and social media.

WTAT Artisans at July 14 Summer Celebration

West TN Artisan Trail artisans will show and sell at the UT Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show 2016 on Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Did you know? Tim Pace of Eco-Art Creative Metal Recycling is nationally recognized for his metalcrafts — multiple commissions from the Memphis Botanic Gardens and Toyota. GrWestTNArtisanTrailarttnvacation-2016-v4eg Phillips’ woodturned pieces: available at fine arts shows everywhere. Wanda Stanfill, local sculptor, No. 9 Design and Fine Arts Studio, chosen to create Sue Shelton White sculpture for Jackson. Jan Shivley of ZoftigDoll Vintage Bijoux jewelry: juried into TCA shows and many others. Andrew Boks: Abstract art, show in September at The Ned. Janice Sumler, artist, nationally known! Fine arts pottery: Jan Strickland, Lesley Rickman, Andrew Clark. Jesse Hillman Photography: sold nationally. Jacque Hillman’s Reconfigured Art Jewelry: Chosen to design 200 Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument brooches; shows and sells locally, in southeastern shows and in the Southwest.

West Tennessee Artisan Trail’s arty party

Wanda Stanfill

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail artists are developing shows and tourism for West Tennessee, with their opening summer show, Summertime Livin’ Easy Arty Party, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 at Fleur de Lee Restaurant in Jackson.

“We’ve had great interest in the West Tennessee Artisan Trail,” said Vice-president Wanda Stanfill, local sculptor. “One of our goals is to make it easier for juried artisans to show and sell in West Tennessee and to keep those tax dollars here, rather than see our artists go to other states.”

“Our first pop-up show was held last year in June at Fleur-de-Lee and was not only a fun day for those who attended but a good sales day for the artisans. This year, inside the restaurant we’re offering authors, theater and music,” said Stanfill. “It’s an excellent venue for art, authors and theater.”

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The Summertime Livin’ Easy Arty Party at Fleur de Lee Restaurant, 1143 Rushmeade Road in Jackson will open with artisans at 11 a.m. that include Allison East’s illustrations and art, Tim Pace’s metalworks, Wanda Stanfill’s sculpture, Jan Strickland’s pottery and jewelry, Hattie Duncan’s sculpture, Andrew Clark’s pottery, Greg Phillips’ woodturning, Jesse Hillman’s photography and Jacque Hillman’s jewelry, among others.

Inside the restaurant, “Tales, Tunes, Talent and Cocktails” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Regional authors will share stories at 30 minute intervals, leading with historian and storyteller Harbert Alexander Sr., “Soldiers, Saints & Sinners,” 12:30 p.m.;

Harbert Alexander
Jocelyn Wurzburg
Paula Casey
Paula Casey

Jocelyn Wurzburg, “Jocie’s Stories,” 1 p.m.; Paula Casey, “The Perfect 36,” 1:30 p.m.; Jennifer Rawls, “The Vote,” 2 p.m.; character actress and theater director Becky Fly, 2:30 p.m.; the Jackson Theatre Guild, songs from “Guys and Dolls,” 3 p.m.; jazz music, 3:30 p.m. The afternoon concludes with

author Dr. Niles Reddick

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from 4 to 5 p.m. telling tales from his latest book, “Drifting Too Far From the Shore.” There is no charge to attend. Payment for food and drinks will be taken inside the restaurant.

“Don’t you just love southern traditions? I hope this event turns into one for Jackson,” said Becky Fly, who is directing “Guys and Dolls” for the summer Jackson Theatre Guild production.

“It would be best to call the restaurant for reservations set about 45 minutes prior to the session you plan to attend to be certain you have seats and are served in order to hear your favorite author or to hear the Jackson Theatre Guild perform,”  said restaurant owner Dr. Laura Nord. Call (731) 736-4500 for reservations.

“We’re presenting our new menu as well,” said Executive Chef Kiah Darion. The new menu includes such items as Fried Green Tomato BLTA with Caramelized Wild Sockeye Salmon, Summer Chopped Caprese Salad with Grilled Naan, Shrimp and Grits. And the new restaurant hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to p.m., open for lunch and dinner.

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail artisans have been juried into previous shows and their works include pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, woodturning, photography, textiles, folk arts and metal-crafting. The first 20 charter members formed the organization in 2015, and they created three pop-up art shows, including a “trail” event on Dec. 5 inviting visitors to the artists’ studios and homes. Members, who are also committed to other major national shows, are asked to participate in one-third of the WTAT shows.

In 2016, the group has nine shows planned, some partnering with other events, such as the UT Summer Celebration, which will have 44 booths along with workshops on plants and landscaping, at the West Tennessee Research & Education Center off Airways Boulevard in Jackson on July 14, and the Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center’s Toast of Jackson at Jackson Fairgrounds on July 23.

“We are excited to participate this year in Summer Celebration and look forward to growing with this event.  It is exciting to participate in a celebration that not only showcases an association of talented cultivators, but also features a variety of great artisans from the West Tennessee community.” said Andrew Boks, secretary of the organization and an abstract artist who owns  ArtBoks Studio and Gallery at 314 E. Main St. in downtown Jackson.

Allison East, artist, illustrator and jewelry designer, said all the WTAT members are excited about the group’s growth.

“The West Tennessee Artisan Trail is such a unique and diverse group of talented artisans right here in our area,” East said. “We are thrilled to be able to bring an aspect of local artwork to our community and surrounding areas. Thanks to our president’s and charter members’ hard work, we are planning big and exciting events for our community in the near future, particularly during the holiday seasons.”

“We anticipate a huge draw of folks from all over to come to see and know the place we all live, love and work, and it is our joy to be able to share that in original and creative ways,” East added.

WTAT is recruiting new members with a goal of 80, annual dues of $50, and all artisans applying must present five images of their work and a booth shot that will be juried, plus have a recommendation letter from a charter member. WTAT will file as a 501 (c3) non-profit, in order to apply for grants. The educational component includes helping young college graduate artisans with their first shows and helping them learn to market, price and sell – the business of art.

The WTAT artisans have studied large, highly successful shows which incorporate not only visual arts but performing arts, including theater, music and authors reading from their works, or telling tales. Art “streets” at these shows are divided into fine arts, crafts and flea market “buys.”

“We want to have a West TN Artisan Trail map that continues showing new artists and studios. We’re also posting with the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jackson Arts Council,” said Libby Lynch, jewelry artist and metal-crafter, who owns Bangles, Baubles & Imagination. “We want people who love art to come see – and buy —  the wonderful artworks created by our West Tennessee artisans.”

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Art on Track, Oct. 13, 2018, N.C. & St. L. Depot, Jackson, Tenn. Tennessee Craft Week event!

‘Art on Track’ Oct. 13 features West Tennessee Artisan Trail in Jackson

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail will host the Art on Track Festival, featuring fine and traditional art, railroad history, demonstrations, storytelling and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the historic N.C. & St. L. Depot & Railroad Museum, 582 S. Royal St., in Jackson, Tenn. This year, exhibits will include other regional artisans who are not WTAT members, showing their fine art, traditional art, and folk art. Among those confirmed are the Storytellers League, woodturners, weavers and musicians who will participate. For more information and vendor applications, call (731) 394-2894, email, or check the website and social media. The artists’ and authors’ list will be updated as applications are confirmed. Children can tour the model trains exhibit and learn about fine art as well as create art to take home. Food trucks will be available. You may also call the depot museum at (731) 425-8223.

“We look forward to this event in a great location that is a major part of Jackson’s significant railroad history,” said Wanda Stanfill, WTAT co-founder. “There’s plenty of parking, shade trees, and a wonderful model train exhibit inside the museum. This will be a fun day for everyone. We’ll also debut our fall 2018 gift guide online.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the West Tennessee Artisan Trail,” said David Falk, N.C. & St. L. Depot & Railroad Museum director. Falk pointed out that the model train exhibit is a favorite with visitors.

The site was the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Passenger Depot from 1907-1967. It is located at 582 S Royal St. in Jackson and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum’s collection includes photographs, artifacts, and related memorabilia associated with the M.&O. RR., I.C. RR., N.C. & St. L. Railway. and their family trees. Also located on the grounds open for view are a 1947 F.E.C. dining car and two cabooses. An elaborate working “HO” scale model railroad over 500 feet. of track and four trains running at once, built by the Jackson Area Railroaders Club depicts Jackson’s rich railroad history. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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March 1 – April 27, 2017: Art is Life: West Tennessee Artisan Trail

Love art, love life! West Tennessee juried artisans invite you on their creative journey through paintings, pottery, metalcrafts, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodturning, textile arts and the fine art of wordcraft! Opening reception: Tuesday, March 14, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Eric Botbyl Pottery

Eric Botbyl of Humboldt creates pottery that is well-known nationwide. In 2014 he was accepted into the 22nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National which is considered to be one of the most prestigious surveys of contemporary functional ceramics in North America. Eric and his wife Jill are also the proprietors of the Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over a dozen nationally recognized ceramic artists.

Sculpture by Wanda Stanfill of No. 9 Design and Fine Arts Studio

Wanda Stanfill of No. 9 Design and Fine Arts Studio is the art committee co-chair for the West Tennessee Artisan Trail. She is a graphics designer with more than 25 years of experience in commercial art. As a sculptor, she is creating.the Sue Shelton White monument for Jackson, Tennessee, for the Tennessee Suffrage Monument celebrations commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment. She creates papier mache sculptures as well; one of Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” now belongs to the John Cossette family in Hollywood. Cossette was the producer of the Grammy Awards. She creates pet portraits and children’s portraits. She illustrates children’s books and has written one of her own.

EcoArt by Tim Pace

Tim Pace of Finger creates nationally known recycled metal art. Pace has his works in the gift shop of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; at the Mississippi Crafts Center, Ridgeland, Mississippi; and in the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, Corinth, Mississippi. You can also see his Eco-Art pieces on permanent display at the Jackson-Madison County Library in Jackson, Tennessee; at The Children’s Museum of the Shoals in Florence, Alabama; and in the Children’s Learning Center, and “My Big Backyard,” at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in Memphis.