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Welcome to the ART of Cheatham County! Letter from the Director

Table of Contents

What is the Art League? The Cumberland River 4 A Bit of Cheatham County History 8 Mound Bottom 26 Cover Story Sonja Beck 29 3

Cheatham County is known for its stunning natural beauty, scenic views, and cultural heritage. Part of that cultural heritage is the abundant number of fine artists we have calling Cheatham County home. It is easy to find the greats like Van Gogh, Picasso,

Featured Artists

Driven by Arts


Barbara Allen & Skip Beck 12 & 13 Ben Caldwell & Jessica Crouch 14 & 15 Lundy Cupp 16 Andreas ‘Picaso’ Henry & Harold Lovell 18 & 19 Timothy Weber 35 D.L. Brust 37 Bobbie Noreen 39 Elsa Lockert 42 Pat Millius & Morris Self 46 & 47 Student Artists 49 Business Feature Mud Puddle Studio & Galllery 34 Events & Attractions Recreation Activities 21 Shopping 23 Eats & Treats 24 Events 25 Camping & Lodging 41 Education Opportunity 50 School Listings 51

Georgia O’Keeffe, or Jackson Pollock at all the big city museums. What about the local artists? In this edition of Discover Cheatham, you will be able to learn about many of them. They are producing great pieces of work all the time and they deserve the platform for their work to be seen by the many visitors we get coming into our county. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton As you travel throughout Cheatham County, I hope you get to experience ALL of the beauty we have to offer. A special thanks goes out to all the artists that have allowed us to share their creations and tell their story. I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I did while putting it together.

Misty M. Keenan

Tim Adkins Misty Keenan Jenny Mabry Weslea Miniat Art League of CC Contributors

Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce Michelle Greene, President

Misty M. Keenan, Executive Director 328 Frey Street • Ashland City, TN 37015 • Office: 615-792-6722

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What is the Meet Creative Artists of Cheatham County


Welcome to beautiful and picturesque Cheatham County, a county rich in artistic talent! As you visit Cheatham County, take a moment to browse the creativity within this 2022 tourism

Elsa Lockert

Skip Beck

guide presenting The Art League of Cheatham County. Our growing art community includes painters, sculptors, ceramicists, potters, musicians, writers, designers, photographers, dancers, weavers, and any creative endeavor, and welcome memberships for all types of admirers and supporters of the Arts. The Art League of Cheatham County was formed as a non profit 501(c) (3) in August of 2019 with the first Juried Art Show held September 2019, As of December 2021, the Art League of Cheatham County has given away nearly $20,000 --- $11,000 cash awards to artists, a Nossi School of Art $2,200 scholarship for a graduating senior, and a donation of $6,630 to the Cheatham County Foster Care program. The Art League of Cheatham County’s growing membership, now over 79 and continually shares the art experience with the community through rotating art exhibits, the annual Juried Art Show, and the annual Fall Art Gala all showcasing the fine arts. With increasing community support and involvement, more events will be added to showcase Cheatham County fine artists and artisans, musicians, and many more artistic endeavors. Beginning May 2022, The Art League of Cheatham County will award a graduating Cheatham County senior student with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a career in the arts. Discover Cheatham County and Discover the ARTS! . -Kerry McCarver, Mayor of Cheatham County

Logan Seibert

Pat Millius

Ben Caldwell

Morris Self

Sonja Beck

Barbara Allen

Harold Lovell

Bobbi Noreen

Andrea “Picaso” Henry P. O. Box 458 / Pleasant View, TN 37146

Lundy Cupp

Timothy Weber

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To Clarksville 27 miles

Cheatham County is one of the most beautiful counties in Middle Tennessee with its rolling hills, lush vegetation, sprawling river, and quaint small towns ready to welcome you with open arms. Saving the beauty of Cheatham County is a collaborative effort between government, private businesses, and organizations by educating our youth to grow with personal responsibility, stellar citizenship and character. Caring for our county’s beauty starts at home and strengthened through education. CHEATHAM COUNTY offers breathtaking landscapes and a rich heritage. You’ll discover clean air, sparkling streams, historical sites and natural beauty. Cheatham Wildlife Management Area offers over 20,000 acres of a variety of outdoor recreation including hunting, archery, horseback riding trails, and bird watching. Exploring by canoe or on foot you’ll find some of the most unique man-made features found in nature at the Narrows of the Harpeth River and Mound Bottom. In Ashland City follow the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, an innovative rail to trail project, or visit the Cheatham County History Museum. There are ten boat ramp launches on the rivers in Cheatham County, and many campsites and picnic areas near the Cheatham Dam and Lake. Don’t forget to check out farmers and artisans markets in Kingston Springs and Ashland City or take a stroll through a pick-your-own farm. Agriculture is big business in Cheatham County, and our farmers supply many of Nashville’s top restaurants. Be sure to visit one of our small towns and remember what it’s like when strangers waved at you, celebrated together as a community, and looked out for one another. They still do all those things in Cheatham County.

To Nashville 20 miles

To Dickson 28 miles

THE CUMBERLAND RIVER is a major waterway of the Southern United States. The 688-mile-long (1,107 km) river drains almost 18,000 square miles (47,000 km2) of southern Kentucky and north-central Tennessee. The river flows generally west from a source in the Appalachian Mountains to its confluence with the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky, and the mouth of the Tennessee River. Major tributaries include the Obey, Caney Fork, Stones, and Red rivers. Although the Cumberland River basin is predominantly rural, there are also some large cities on the river, including Nashville and Clarksville, both in Tennessee. Also, the river system has been extensively developed for flood control, with major dams impounding both the main stem and many of its important tributaries. source: tennessee/


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A bit of Cheatham County History

The Tennessee General Assembly created Cheatham County on February 28, 1856, from parts of Davidson, Robertson, Montgomery, and Dickson Counties. The county name honors Edward Saunders Cheatham, Speaker of the state Senate. At the first county court meeting at Sycamore in May 1856, the commissioners purchased fifty acres of land on the north side of the Cumberland River from James Lenox for the establishment of Ashland City. Proceeds from the sale of town lots financed the construction of a courthouse and jail. The courthouse, completed in 1858, was replaced by a larger, brick structure in 1869. In 1886 a brick jail supplanted the original log jail; following a fire in 1935, it was rebuilt, and a new jail was erected in 1986. Several archaeological sites, including ones listed on the National Register of Historic Places, document activities by Native Americans who once lived in the county. Early white settlers in the county established settlements at Sycamore, Pleasant View, and Ashland City. To provide for the safety of the first settlers, a blockhouse was erected at the fork of Half Pone and Raccoon Creeks. In an effort to make education more widely available, the Tennessee General Assembly incorporated the Millwood Female Academy in 1852. Despite its name, males as well as females attended the school, which remained in operation until shortly after the Civil War. Millwood Institute, located at Sycamore Mills, became the largest private school in Cheatham County. Established in 1859, the school had closed by the end of the nineteenth century. Ashland Institute, established in 1880, Link School at Thomasville, founded in 1902 by S. A. Link, and Pleasant View School, opened in 1884 by W. I. Harper, also provided early educational opportunities. The first significant manufacturer in the area was Montgomery Bell. In 1818 he blasted a tunnel through the Narrows of the Harpeth River to create a sixteen-foot fall of water. He erected two water wheels at this site to operate hammers for forging pig iron into pots, pans, kettles, and other iron products. The Narrows is now a state park, the Harpeth Scenic River and Narrows Historic Area.

by the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway and the Tennessee Central Railway. Today Interstates 24 and 40 and U.S. Highways 70 and 41A traverse the county. At Ashland City a new bridge over the Cumberland River was built that replaced the one built in 1931.

Cheatham County first acquired a local newspaper service in 1877 when H. B. Stewart

established the Cheatham County Plaindealer. In 1896 WilliamThomas Clark bought the Reporter (established in 1883) and renamed it the Ashland City Times. This paper, which continues in operation, was purchased by Community Newspapers Incorporated in 1944 and resold to Multimedia of Greenville, South Carolina,

In 1835 Samuel N. Watson established Sycamore Mills, located on Sycamore Creek four miles north of Ashland City. In 1842 he sold half-interest in the operation and five thousand acres of land to Richard Cheatham, at which time the name was changed to Cheatham, Watson and Company. The operation included a cotton gin, grist mill, and a powder mill, but the manufacture of gunpowder was the most important industry. As one of only two large powder mills in the South, Sycamore Mills became a target for both Federal and Confederate armies in the opening days of the Civil War. In 1862 it quickly came under Union control and suspended operations until the close of the war. In 1869 the Cheatham heirs sold their interest in the mills to the Sycamore Manufacturing Company. The company purchased the machinery of the destroyed Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia, and moved it to the mills in Cheatham County. In 1893 E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Company purchased the mills. At the time of the closing of the mills in 1904, the daily production had reached 400 kegs of powder. Early agriculture and industry depended on the Cumberland River and its tributaries. In 1897 the DuPont company at Sycamore Mills purchased a steamboat, rechristened the Sycamore, to haul gunpowder from Ashland City to Nashville. In 1848 the state chartered Hyde’s Ferry Turnpike to extend from Nashville across the Cumberland River. The road remained in operation until 1916, when Cheatham County, following the lead of Davidson County, bought its portion of the road and freed it of tolls. By 1920 Cheatham County boasted twenty-eight miles of railway owned

in 1973. Currently The Ashland City Times is owned by Gannett Newspaper Corporation. In recent years animal wildlife has become a source of revenue for the county. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency operates a game reserve of twenty-one thousand acres on the south side of the Cumberland River where deer, turkey, and small game are hunted in the appropriate hunting seasons. Cheatham County’s population grew by a third between 1990 and 2000, with most people working in industry and the services. But hundreds of families are still actively engaged in farming. Tobacco and beef cattle produce the county’s largest farm incomes.

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The Art of Tradition...

Strong community traditions help people support one another, share their passions, and achieve big goals. And such communities of belonging aren’t just happy accidents in Cheatham County.

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Art is also called visual art, a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination. The term art encompasses diverse media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts, photography, and installation. ART Driven by The Arts

The arts provoke and celebrate what stirs Art feels its way through what it seeks, dreams; craves Thrown for a loss, it sharpens as it blurs It frames and focuses what wrecks, stills; saves The arts cry out for purpose and pretense It holy rolls and rocks all things art craves What dares to drive and dream defies defense Art stimulates and frees what doubt enslaves

It plays with words from backstabs to tickles Setting fires as it crosses wires It scrambles what eggs on; caught in pickles It dupes. drags, and dredges deep desires

What heals and hurts held dear in our hearts Defines a life worth living for the arts…

-Randy Moomaw, member artist




Barbara Allen Growing up in Nashville TN, my love for painting had always been in different mediums. Finally settling down in Cheatham County, I was

introduced to watercolors and what I could achieve with them. 13 yrs later, I still find it to be so challenging to paint


something that questions my abilities to recreate a scene or picture in fine detail with this form of art. The challenges are unlimited but the results of those challenges are so rewarding. I always say that painting fine detail in watercolor is a passion driven by my desire to achieve something I thought was impossible for me with watercolor.

Skip Beck I was inspired to paint by my sister-in-law, Dinah Rhodes. We both have taken up painting

as a hobby. I lean towards abstract work with brilliant colors. Now that I’ve begun painting I see the world through a different lens.




Ben Caldwell Ben Caldwell is an award winning artist. His work has been featured in many national publications including Southern Home magazine, Victoria magazine, Cottage Journal magazine, Garden & Gun magazine, Southern Lady magazine, and Oprah magazine as well as features and appearances on television and radio. His work has been in museums and shown in galleries. Ben has created commissioned work for the governor of Tennessee, and the Ellis Island Family Heritage awards for the The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation out of copper preserved from the Registry Building at Ellis Island. In his own words:


“I love forming metal. Copper feels like a suspended liquid as I’m working it, as if it’s flowing & wants to work with me to take on whatever shape I envision. The natural world & its incomparable beauty are one of my main sources of inspiration. After hiking the Appalachian Trail, my love of nature became a central focus in my art. Sometimes I begin with the classical proportions & forms of the historic American silver that surrounded me growing up, other pieces begin with an idea rather than a fully formed picture & I feel it out as I work the metal. This allows, opportunities to arise that I didn’t anticipate; serendipity takes over, leading me on an exciting, unplanned journey. I use traditional metalsmithing techniques including hammering, raising, & chasing by hand with traditional tools, but also tools of my own design. All of my materials, the purest available copper, silver & naturally-shed antler, are sourced in the USA to create each one-of-a kind piece in my Kingston Springs studio.”

Jessica Crouch Jessica Crouch is an inquisitive, flexible visual artist stirred by the play between light and shadow and fueled by her love for the creative process itself. For Crouch, the act of creation is everything: “I am a creator— this work is the air I breathe. I could not imagine a life without the ability to express my experience this way.” A full-time artist for the past eight years,

her diverse practice includes traditional oil paintings of wildlife and natural imagery, moody, hyper-detailed figure studies in high-contrast lighting, and modern, expressive abstract works designed to infuse beauty into everyday spaces. The daughter of an artist, Crouch considers her practice as part of a tradition as well as an opportunity to experiment: “As a child I pretty much had two choices for playtime— find adventures outside or create art.” Now a mother of two, her creative discipline (she paints daily in her home studio) and fervent curiosity are tools she intends to pass on to her children. “I want them to see me working towards something. Art is what drives me, frustrates me, challenges me, uplifts me, and pushes me to do my best. I want them to see that.” With a Studio Art degree from Austin Peay State University, Crouch’s figural works reveal an aptitude for sensory depth and nuanced color inspired by the striking contrasts characteristic of traditional Dutch oil paintings. She loves the laborious, slow layering of the medium that creates realistic dimension in her figural oil paintings, and she loves to balance that agonizingly detailed, representational work with freer, more fast-paced abstract pieces. “I


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will work on something very detail-oriented for weeks, and then move on to an abstract piece where I don’t obsess over details at all. In the abstract, I go from brain to canvas in a sort of flow state.” Crouch’s tendency to innovate and willingness to experiment has led to the most recent development in her ever-evolving body of work: a series of more accessible abstract works geared toward interior design. Crouch believes that while art is often deeply personal, access to art should not be restricted to an elite few. “Everyone’s home is worthy of a piece of original art. To me, the purpose of art is to share.” Her current objective is to create stunning, affordable pieces that transform private spaces for real people. These atmospheric, nonfigurative works are created without a specific orientation and can be hung in any direction, so each client decides how the work will be viewed. Using encaustic wax and pigments, she burns, melts, and carves the medium to create richly expressive, free-flowing designs that galvanize home interiors. And she’s having fun doing it: “My abstract expressionist work is definitely about letting go. It’s a challenge for me to not be so precise and exact, but the encaustic medium is so unpredictable that I have no choice—I have to play with it. It’s a very freeing feeling.” In 2018-2021 Crouch’s work has been shown at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, The Studio Door in San Diego, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Lemonade Stand Gallery in Key West, 311 Gallery in Raleigh, Las Lagunas Gallery in Laguna Beach, Cheatham Art League in Ashland City, TN, St. George School in Memphis, TN, Westlyn School in Georgia, Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, AZ.

Lundy Cupp Technology is changing us and maybe the way we see one-another. But we are still a very social species. Technology can be a wonderful thing and it

does bring us together in some very beautiful ways. My work primarily focuses on the human face and form. I’m intrigued by the vast array of subtle nuance within the human face. No two faces are exactly alike. It is as unique as the individual who wears it and that person’s life experiences. For such a small area as a face, the expressions and variations are endless. I try to capture a brief moment of expression within my subject. As with any creative process, whether they are a portrayal of a specific individual or a whimsical character in my mind, the faces evolve as they emerge. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of what I do. My love of detail and combining realism with semi-abstract brings it all together for me.


Trial and error is an important part in any material I work with. My book carvings emerged from my love of books. I quickly discovered encyclopedias are ideal for my subject matter of human portraits. I can carve a life-size face within the space of a few volumes. And since encyclopedias are now primarily obsolete, they are abundant. There are homes and attics across America full of these beautiful books. So I just give them a new life so-to-speak. It is an incredible challenge to carve paper. I don’t glue the pages together before carving so much thought goes into the approximate 100 hours it takes to carve a portrait into the paper of books. I look at the world and the human face in a different way than I did before I discovered my abilities as an artist. I see the beauty in both simplicity and complexity. The learning and discovery process never ends. Ever. That’s what makes this whole art thing work, what makes it so much fun and addicting. It’s the magic that drives the wonders of art.



Andrea ‘Picaso’ Henry I am fascinated by many subjects. Sometimes I dream of new ideas. New

concepts come to me while working on others. Whether drawn to colors, shadows, or textures of unique subjects, I must as my husband said, “Never stop doing what I was born to do”. Encouraged at an early age, I followed my passions and gravitated to art. At seven, while living in Hingham, Ma., I won a tea set as first prize by drawing a gourd from the TV show, Learn to Draw with John Nagy. I took advantage of living in Rhode Island by taking multiple courses at R.I.S.D., starting with children’s en plein aire drawing classes at the park. I always entered the high school Scholastic Art Show and attained an Honorable Mention. The “Sad Joker” oil painting was awarded. Over the years, I have explored many forms of art including stained glass, fused glass , oil painting, pottery and extensive jewelry making. Member

Harold Lovell H.R. Lovell is one of Tennessee’s best kept secrets, who was officially titled “Tennessee’s Artist in Residence” 2001-2003 by the State Senate’s majority

vote. Lovell is a Cheatham County native and lifelong resident, and is a self-taught photorealist artist. He realized his talent as a young boy and has painted his whole life. suorce: visions-from-the-heart-of-h-r-lovell/article_dad3d507-84d0-557d- 9e6b-4edf029b9757.html



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PEGRAM SUMMER Independence Day Celebration - July Pegram Park Annual Fiddle & Pick Events - Old-Time Music Weekend Kids Summer Music Day Camp - June FALL Irish Music Weekend - November For more Fiddle & Pick events visit: WINTER Christmas in the Park - December Pegram Park

Annual Juried Art Show - March Sycamore Sq, Frey St. Memorial Day Ceremony - May Veteran’s Memorial SUMMER Cheatham County Cruise In - 1st Fri. of the Month 322 Frey St. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Summerfest - June - Riverbluff Park Cheatham County Fair - Fairgrounds Rd. Farmers Market - July - October Riverbluff Park Riverbluff Triathlon - August FALL Music on Main - October - Main St. WINTER Christmas Parade - 1st Sat. in Dec. Main St. Easter Egg Hunt - L. L. Burns Park Fishing Rodeo - L. L. Burns Park Memorial Day Picnic - L. L. Burns Park SUMMER Farmers Market - June through August FALL Art in the Park - 1st Sat. in Oct. KINGSTON SPRINGS SPRING L. L. Burns Park Dinner on Main Downtown Kingston Springs WINTER Kingston Springs Christmas Tree Lighting


Cruise’n N Groove’n - Car Show & Concert - May - October - 3rd Saturday of the Month at The Village, starts at 5 p.m. Pink Out for Hope - October 5K Booby Bolt- Balthrop Park Veterans Day Ceremony - November Pleasant View Community Park Annual Art Gala November - The Coach House Christmas Parade - First Saturday in December

South Cheatham Public Library A Kingston Springs Christmas


SUBMITTED for publication in the Cheatham County Exchange newspaper MOUND BOT TOM

What do Indian mounds represent? Regardless of the particular age, form, or function of individual mounds, all had deep meaning for the people who built them. Many earthen mounds waere regarded by various American Indian groups as symbols of Mother Earth, the giver of life. Such mounds thus represent the womb from which humanity had emerged.


Cheatham County’s Mound Bottom archaeological site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. New documents associated with the listing

The draft formwas due to go before a state review board in Nashville on Jan. 29, 2022. The board was to vote on sending it along to the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Register. People inhabited present-day Middle Tennessee at least as far back as 12,000 B.C., and in the late 900s or early 1000s A.D. a complex society arose on what is now the Mound Bottom site, according to Deter-Wolf’s filing.

were expected to go before a state board.

New documents shed light on the origins of Cheatham County’s Mound Bottom archaeological site, suggesting Native Americans migrating from the present-day St. Louis area founded the once-thriving community along the Harpeth River about 1,000 years ago. Recent research at Mound Bottom suggests a connection to Cahokia, which was the largest city in America before Europeans arrived, the documents say. Cahokia is located in what is now southern Illinois across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Cahokia is known for its earthen mounds, the type of feature for which the Cheatham site is named. Further, the migration theory is supported “by the presence of distinctive artifact types not local to central Tennessee,” the documents say. The documents constitute a draft registration form for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Mound Bottom has been listed on the National Register since 1971, but the original formwas just a few pages containing little information, said Aaron Deter-Wolf, the state archaeologist who wrote the new, 44-page filing.

Before the community was established, there appears to

have been nothing like it in Middle Tennessee, according to Deter-Wolf. In the region, he wrote, “there is no archaeological evidence indicating the existence of complex chiefdoms, multi-mound sites, community planning, or ceramic production on a level even approaching (Mound Bottom).” Mound Bottomwas a cultural and civic hub during what is known as the Mississippian period of Native American history. Archaeologists differ slightly in defining this period, offering starting dates that include 800 A.D. and 900 A.D., and ending dates such as 1400 A.D. and 1600 A.D. The mounds on the Cheatham site were used in spiritual practices. Mound Bottom contains burial sites, evidence of structures, cooking artifacts and more. Intensive use of the site lasted until about 1350 A.D., according to Deter-Wolf. Research was conducted at Mound Bottom long before its listing on the National Register, and it has continued in the five decades since then. Remote-sensing technology was used there as recently as 2018.


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Sonja Beck

“Art & music speak to people differently, but I hope to share beauty, color, & a positive perspective with my work. If people’s hearts are touched, their loads lightened, & smiles bubble up, then I have succeeded!”



world it has opened for me is exciting & full of possibilities! I am still fairly new at it, but drawing for years taught me volumes & prepared me for painting. I

Familiarity & routine bring many of us comfort, however growth & beautiful changes occur when we try our hand at something new. The learning curve can dampen our spirits, but if we continue working & push through it, the sense of accomplishment is incomparable. And who knows, perhaps the trajectory of our lives can change by simply taking one small chance. I don’t consider myself a big risk taker – I’ve never jumped out of planes or gone deep sea diving or climbed Mt. Everest – but, looking back on my life thus far, I have been able to have some incredible adventures because I followed the urgings of my heart & took small risks. I always enjoyed drawing as a child & wound up gravitating to the arts in college, but I stayed in my comfort zone with graphite pencils & charcoal. I was familiar with them. I knew how to smudge, erase, & blend. I knew how they behaved & felt that I had some control because I understood these mediums. It wasn’t until a couple decades after I graduated from Southwestern University that I thought about drawing with color. That one small step, although not risky by some standards,

will continue to take chances & be open to new opportunities as they arise. I envision working on large scale, colorful murals someday in the near future, bringing art outdoors for all to enjoy. I will always keep in mind that in order to sail the ocean, we must leave the dock! Utilizing a bold, contemporary style full of color & life, dynamic angles, & layers of tonal variations, I work primarily with acrylics on canvas to spread my love of people & music with the world. During my professional dance career, prior to raising my two sons, I experienced many moments of shared joy & powerful collective connections through different genres of music, no matter the country or language. Living in Kingston Springs (just on the outskirts of Nashville) since 2007, has provided me the opportunity to interact with many world-renowned musicians who allow me to study their hands, instruments, & techniques. In my music-themed pieces, I strive to convey the soulful messages on canvas that they express in their songs. A lifetime of drawing with charcoal & graphite taught lessons in relation to composition, perspective, & values which has served as a launchpad for me, as I have only really been painting since 2016. In my artwork, I choose to focus on creating images everyone can relate to, leading my audience to shift their attention to the brighter notes & more positive aspects of humanity. After participating in several classy, tame, organized events, I realized that my loud style would be better suited for restaurants, bars, studios, buildings, & music

festivals. I wanted my art to be enjoyed by & accessible to ALL. I am honored that Urban Grub, a super cool eatery on 12th Ave. S. in Nashville houses many of my original paintings (making space for more paints to spill out at home where I create). And I am thrilled that I have been the selected artist for Clearwater Jazz Holiday, held in Clearwater, FL, for 2020 & 2021! I have always drawn since I was a child, but, it was a joyful moment at a lakehouse when my youngest boy plucked a turtle out of the water & shouted with joy, that urged me to start drawing in color. I drew his turtle with greens & yellows & loved the detail of his precious hands holding the creature. My son was amazed that I could draw then proceeded to ask me if I would paint an underwater mural in his room. I was hesitant, as I’d never had a painting class & wasn’t really comfortable with working in color yet. But it was just paint. We planned it out to include a 5’ shark, a couple of sea turtles, a glow-in-the-dark jelly fish, a lion fish, & an eel. After he & I applied the blues, greens, & purples to create the water, I really dove in & started enjoying the therapeutic process of painting. Pictures of his mural led to requests to paint interior murals for friends. Because I was still transporting kids here & there, prepping & cooking healthy meals for my family, teaching fitness classes at various gyms, taking care of our animals & yard, etc., I did not have room in my life to pursue it. I needed to find a way to paint without adding

felt gutsy & different. And paint? Well, that medium was completely new to me, but the

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is in the journey itself. Through the struggles we learn what path we want to be on & what to do differently. Art & music speak to people differently, but I hope to share beauty, color, & a positive perspective with my work. If people’s hearts are touched, their loads lightened, & smiles bubble up, then I have succeeded! What are the areas you would like to take a visitor in Cheatham County? I would most definitely suggest a morning of kayaking on the Harpeth River, specifically The Narrows of the Harpeth because the 3 hour loop makes it easy to put

I raised my two sons, now finally returning to the arts & discovering my love of color. My life partner, Dwayne Becknell, has been incredibly instrumental in my success as an artist, as he never doubted my abilities & continually & lovingly pushed me out of my comfort zone, always having my back, whilst wearing out his own setting up my shows. I thank my sons, Logan & Vance, for giving me honest, immediate feedback on each project, providing new perspectives, for modeling their hands for me many times, & for learning to cook for themselves when I was busy painting. Who knew that a few hours spent recovering from surgery, learning to paint with my sweet friend, Julie Tucker, would turn the key & get the engine started? And that an afternoon with Luci Dickinson, being encouraged to draw in color for the first time, would get me going down a path I would later fully embrace & actively pursue? A huge shoutout to these wonderful women! I must thank all of my friends & neighbors who have supported & encouraged me, buying my artwork, coming out to my shows, commissioning drawings & cheering me on. Brenda Boyd, you have been essential in organizing my website, designing my business cards, & prompting me to post progress when I have immersed myself in a project. There are so many more beautiful souls who have encouraged me along the way & inspired me to continue. I am utterly grateful to all of you!

stress to my already very busy life. Instead, I decided to set up my easel in the kitchen & work on canvas as life allowed. What to paint? My husband

in & take out. We’d smell the sweetness of the Mimosa trees as we float the current, watch the blue herons take off to look for fish, see the turtles sunning themselves, hear the hawks overhead, escape the bustle of everyday life, feel the sunshine & wind on our skin, & connect with each other & the nature around us. After coming home to clean up, we’d head to the Fillin’ Station, our local bar & grill, for a hard cider or beer & the best burgers in middle Tennessee. We would relax on the outdoor patio & hear amazing, talented friends & neighbors, who also happen to be professional musicians, create magic with their voices & instruments. I am deeply grateful

suggested I choose a theme. I love children, nature, music, our planet ,

people….What do I want to convey? Joy, life, color! What message do I want to communicate? We all have our struggles, but I did not want to dwell on dark issues. I wanted my art to celebrate life, uplift others, & inspire many! Most of my neighbors are skilled & talented musicians who were willing to let me study their hands & instruments. Music adds depth & color to life, & movement to music was really my first “language”, being a dancer. Everything aligned beautifully with my outlook on life & it was just a natural fit to begin painting a music series. I just kept creating when I could. Once I had developed a recognizable style & I had several paintings, I participated in a few local events. From these experiences, & from talking with other artists willing to share their advice, I was encouraged & learned that everyone’s journey is unique. We never really arrive at any final destination labeled “Success.” The beauty

to my loving, generous parents, John & Sandy Peterson, for their dedication & support in my pursuit & passion of the performing arts in my youth, fostering my love of music & movement. I am eternally thankful for the gift they provided in allowing me to work towards a degree in Studio Art & for their patience throughout the decades while




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Mud Puddle Pottery Studio is located in Pegram, TN, in South Cheatham County, and has been part of the community there since 2004. Owners Sharon and Randy Ingram have built a space to create, discover, and get inspired! It is certainly worth the trip to drive less than 20 minutes west of downtown Nashville, into beautiful Cheatham County, and experience shopping where every item is unique and one-of-a-kind. The Artisan Gallery at Mud Puddle Pottery Studio is something special to experience and features an eclectic mix of gifts and works of fine art, each handcrafted by middle Tennessee artists and craftsman. The gallery is host to some of the most recognized potters, glass, jewelry, copper, metal, painting, stained glass and fiber artists in Nashville. The studio offers Classes and Workshops for all skill levels in Pottery Wheel, Hand Building in Clay, Sculpture, Coppersmithing, Jewelry,

Painting and other art mediums, where artists and instructors share their talents with those eager to learn. This is a place where the students can escape from the distractions of their busy schedules and immerse themselves in a zone of creativity. It is also a pottery supply resource for everything needed for your own studio. From clay and glazes, to kilns and pottery wheels, you will find it all there. Something fun for the creative spirit, and the perfect date, is their Pottery Wheel Date Night events which is a 2 hour class of throwing on the pottery wheel and getting your hands in clay, which is an experience that you’ll always remember! Plan your visit to Mud Puddle Pottery Studio, which is a hidden gem just minutes from Nashville!

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Timothy Weber Timothy Weber has been a working artist-craftsman for over fifty years. Along with his work with clay, Weber has pursued arts related work as an arts administrator, teacher, gallery owner and arts advocate. Most recent positions have been as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft and as the Director of Visual Art, Craft and Media with the Tennessee Arts Commission. Weber traces the beginnings of his facility with form and mastery of craft to The Bauhaus. Nearly fifty years ago he served his apprenticeship with the influential Southern potter and textile designer Charles Counts who, in the 1950’s had apprenticed to Bauhaus-trained potter Marguerite Wildenhain. The influence of these masters is evident in Weber’s meticulous attention to detail, which has been further honed by a lifetime of working with clay. The potter’s wheel is the heart of his workshop and he is a consummate master of the technique of throwing-raising a vessel from a rotating lump of clay. Many of his pots are decorated by a carving technique, known as sgraffito in which contrasting colors of clay are applied to the surface of pots and then cut away to the clay underneath. These are often augmented by applications of resists and glazes. The free-glaze techniques he uses on many of his vessels, including some of those in the BuddhaBee Collection were inspired by an intensive workshop with the Japanese American ceramist Toshiko Takaezu many years ago. Expressionistic splashes of color and brushwork create a counterpoint to the precisely thrown vessels. Weber’s work is made to be used In addition to countless private collections, his work is in many public collections including the Tennessee State Museum and the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC. Member



D.L. Brust An artist is a person who can take


something they see within and physically manifest it with their own hands for others to see. Art involves using a part of the brain that focus’s on problem solving and learning how to see. In much of the world today, an artist is considered to be a person with the talent and skills to conceptualize and make creative works. Such persons are singled out and prized for their artistic and original ideas. Their art works can take many forms and fit into numerous categories, such as architecture, ceramics, digital art, drawings, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles. Of greater importance, artists are the individuals who have the desire and ability to envision, design, and fabricate the images, objects, and structures we all encounter, use, occupy, and enjoy every day of our lives. I believe the frame is just as important as the art itself. Sometimes, I carry the art right onto the frame as a continuous image. I find it most interesting to create family heirlooms using items from earlier generations, like pennies, buttons, photos, and anything else I can find to create a lasting memory. As a co-founder and current president of The Art League of Cheatham County, it has been my great honor and pleasure to be able to bring the Arts into focus and public recognition of the incredible talent we have in Cheatham County. It is important to encourge young to-be artists and provide them an opportunity to create their stories!


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