FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD
Franklin Guild Scrambles To Save Gallery
Franklin County Arts Guild has taken steps to keep the Artisan Depot in Cowan open for now, but with reduced hours of operation.
The future of the gallery had been in doubt, due to the resignation of its long-time manager. The guild held a special meeting Saturday to work out a way to save the gallery.
According to a post on the guild's website announcing the meeting, members were scheduled "to discuss how the gallery will be run in the future or even if there is enough interest to keep the gallery open."
Artist Denise Miller had managed the gallery on a volunteer basis for six years, but recently moved on to other opportunities, including working part-time in an accounting firm.
"I was tired and needed to take a break from all of it," said Miller, adding that she wanted more time to devote to her own art.
Miller, who creates impressionistic landscapes in pastel, watercolor and collage, plans to exhibit her work next month at the Franklin County Library.
According to Miller, the guild decided to continue with the 2013 schedule of shows at the Artisan Depot, but with reduced hours.
The gallery is scheduled to open from noon to 5PM on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11AM to 5Pm on Saturday.
"We'll start out with those times for now," said Miller. "Maybe after we get more volunteers, we can expand on the hours."
The Artisan Depot is located at 201 Cumberland St. East in Cowan.
About the Arts Guild
The Franklin County Arts Guild is an organization of local artists and friends who are interested in promoting the visual and performing arts in Franklin County. The Guild works to promote and provide art education and awareness for all ages.
This summer, the guild started an art market that takes place in the parking lot of the Artisan Depot, 201 E. Cumberland Street, Cowan, Tennessee.
The 2nd Saturday Art Market takes place every second Saturday of the month through September and is open to artists and craftspersons free of charge. Space is also offered to people who produce local items such as baked goods, soaps, and produce.
Market hours are 9 am to 3 pm.