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    Christmas Market and Tea

UPDATE: No quiche brunch or tea on Dec. 2, not enough interest; however, we will have handmade gifts for sale through Dec. 14.

The Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue next to the Park is planning to hold a sale of hand-crafted gifts as a fundraising event, proposed by FCAC Board Secretary and craft-enthusiast Margaret Sidenstick.

The FCAC Board is calling for handmade gifts to sell. We will have hand-made books by Bob Meadows, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry, cards of old Fountain City, wooden items, etc. Some of these items will be 100% donated. We also encourage artists/crafters to bring items for sale and pay a fee of $15 for a card-table sized space to display; a donation of 15% of sales would also be welcomed. FCAC Volunteers will be on hand to handle all sales, so crafters do not have to be on hand during the sales. The space for handmade gifts for sale will be limited, so reserve your space NOW! Just bring in or email jpegs of three or more examples of what you would be selling. Mail in or bring by a check for $15 to FCAC, 213 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37918. No spaces will be sold after Nov. 17

We would also appreciate donated boxes that are the size of books, cards, jewelry, crocheted hats and scarves, and other relatively small items.





Saturday, September 23, 2017,  beginning at 6 PM

Reservations limited to 12 guests total, $50 each. Make your reservation now!

Call or email Fountain City Art Center,  (865)357-2787;

The event will be held at Ivy Hill Farm and is hosted by John Peterson, farm owner,

and Bob Meadows, FCAC Board VP and instructor. Gourmet menu by Bob and son

Michael Meadows. READ the review below of last year’s event!


Maybe the Best FCAC Event Ever! (Last Year’s Report)

       Those 12 lucky, lucky people who bought tickets to attend the Dinner and Concert chez John Peterson at Ivy Hill Farm on Sunday evening, September 18 (2016), were left in a mystical fog of totally heavenly bliss by our three hours of incredible food and even more incredible music. The event was supposed to take place outside so that we could enjoy John’s gardens, horses, and elegant patios, but it was raining all day and most of the evening. Therefore, we moved everything indoors. John had a beautiful cozy fire going in the equestrian-themed piano room. We all fell into devouring the delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails prepared by Michael Meadows and Bob Meadows and struck up deep conversations with each other that went on for the rest of the evening as we moved to tables to inhale the lasagna, salad and bread. For stage three, we found seats in the glassed-in sunroom to enjoy the absolute highlight of the evening: the concert provided by “River’s Drift,” an incredible ensemble featuring Andy LeGrand, Chris Brock, Julie Belanger Roy, and Jackie Brecheen. Much of the music was unknown to us: Gaelic ballads with their roots in Scotland, Ireland, and Novia Scotia, some blue grass, some American folk tunes, and even some Bach. Jackie , Andy, and Julie sang duets and solos. Chris played his mandolin, Andy his guitar, and Julie her violin. We were all aware of the high quality of the concert and how very fortunate we were to be so exclusively serenaded.  We were left with a very warm glow, dreamy memories of food and music and friends, and a sort of bonding that we all shared from such an extraordinary experience.  These sorts of moments of bliss don’t come often in life, so we are deeply grateful to Bob, Michael, John, Andy, Chris, Julie, and Jackie for this privilege.  Did I mention stage four, coffee and cheese cake with chocolate and strawberries? Oh my!


Seeking Donations: We Need Help with Roof Repairs

& Other Maintenance Costs

 FCAC is in the middle of paying for a number of repairs and updates which have to be addressed, regardless of the fact that we can’t actually afford to pay for these items without totally depleting our emergency savings account.

The butterfly architectural style used for our Art Center building is beautiful, but it is also a design notorious for trapping excess water and causing wood to rot.  Just look up at the underside of the overhang at the front door to see some devastating damage. Also look at the four corners where the drains are located. We are not just having the damage repaired, but our chosen construction company has also devised a plan to help prevent further damage to the roof and drainage system in the future. The cost will be: $4,488.24. We have already made a down payment of $500. Any donations toward this important repair work would be much appreciated, no matter what the amount might be. As most of you know, almost all of our fundraising events have been terminated due to lack of attendance. Your donations will be recognized with a charitable deduction letter issued by FCAC; we are recognized by the IRS as a 501( c )3 nonprofit org.

In the month of June, we halved the cost of a new security system with LeGrand Music Studio so that we could keep students, instructors, and artwork safer when classes are going on after hours and the Art Center is closed to the public. We can now let students in but keep the general public out so that we don’t have to hire someone to sit at the front desk for hours in the evenings. Our portion of the costs for the new system was a little over $800.

We have also just spent $615 to have 18 LED lights installed in the main classroom since so many bulbs had burnt out. We are going to have to replace the 9-year-old laptop and buy a new version of Quickbooks compatible with newer computers. These additional office expenses will cost  about $600.

Come by the Fountain City Art Center on Saturday evening, 7 PM, May 6, and hear River’s Drift play Celtic Music  with  vocals  and  instruments:  Andy  LeGrand,  guitar and  dulcimer;   Julie Belanger-Roy, viola and violin; Chris Brock,  oud,  mandolin,  and  banjo;  Jacquie Brecheen, vocalist. $20 donation at the door. The talent that this group possesses will blow your doors off. the selection of beautiful Celtic music will move you all evening. The music studio is raising money to build more studio class space as the LeGrand Music Studios are bursting at the seams with new students!

New Class: Floral Design, offered by Madge Beeler; TUESDAY  afternoons 

from 1 PM to 3 PM from May 9 – June 13; Cost: $300 / $325   including flowers and tools. Madge will present instruction in: fresh cut flower arrangements as well as silk, centerpieces, flowers for weddings, and other special events, and flowers for gifts.


FCAC is hosting a Silent Auction through April 28!

Make bids on handmade jewelry, original paintings, handmade books, works in wood, a champagne brunch at Ivy Hill Farm, pottery, and so much more!



“How to Create Stunning Clay Bowls & Vases”

Offered by Instructor Judy Brater

$85/$75(FCAC members/nonmembers)

2-Day Workshop, all materials included.

Session #1: 10 AM – 3 PM both Thursdays, May 18 and June 1, 2017


Session #2: 10 AM – 3 PM, both Saturdays, June 3 and June 17, 2017

  • The Fountain City Art Center is very pleased to announce that professional potter Judy Brater is offering a clay workshop teaching students how to alter and dramatically enhance pre-formed bowls and vases by adding coils and sculptural elements. The class can accommodate any level of expertise. A variety of tools, stamps, and found objects will be employed. Those students who already paint will enjoy extending their skills while learning some of the brushing techniques used with glazes. Judy began her chosen vocation in ceramic arts in 1972 .Her formal education includes a BFA from the University of Cincinnati where she majored in painting and ceramics. She exhibits in fine craft events and is represented in selected fine craft galleries. She has been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 1983.
  • The first day of the workshop, each student will personalize and determine the character of his/her piece. The instructor will then transport students’ work to her studio where each piece will dry for two weeks. Judy will bisque fire the pieces, and transport them back to FCAC. On the second day of the session, the students will gather to glaze their work, adding all the color and brush work to their pieces. Afterwards, Judy will glaze fire the pieces. The instructor does provide all clay, tools, and firings, included in the cost of the class. Students need to bring an open mind, imagination, and enthusiasm!

– Many of you may already know that Guild and FCAC member Elaine Flaherty
passed away over the weekend. We are holding a Memorial Service here at
the Fountain City Art Center this Sunday, December 11, at 2:30 PM. The Flaherty
Family have arranged for their pastor to be here to speak to the family and all of
Elaine’s friends at the Art Center who are able to attend. We will serve light
refreshments: cookies, coffee and lemonade or tea.
Elaine was very, very dear to us at the Fountain City Art Center as a friend, an
instructor, a student, an artist, a volunteer, and a wonderful, kind-hearted human
being. Before she passed away, she had discussed with her family and with
FCAC and Guild member Nancy Webb what she wanted us to do in lieu of
flowers. She wanted to help children who can not afford art classes at FCAC
by setting aside a fund. If you send a donation to FCAC, indicate in a note with
the check what the money is for, “Elaine Flaherty Children’s Art Fund.” However,
checks should be written to “FCAC” or “Fountain City Art Center.” Donors will
receive a charitable deduction form for 2016 if received before we close for the
Holidays on December 17.  The Flaherty Family will be informed of your memorial



New Event Posting: Saturday, December 3,  2016; 10 AM – 4 PM Make ‘N Take Holiday Gift Workshop!

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Get into the Holiday mood as you enjoy making  5 small gifts with  your family and your  friends! Sip hot cider & munch on cookies at the Fountain City Art Center while creating a pair of earrings, a bookmark, “kimono “ or “book” ornaments, an embossed gift card, a simple copper ring, & a stenciled tile.

Sign up for your 1 ½ to 2-hour crafting blitz today! Each activity is only $5!

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Mmmmm! We’ll also have fresh home-baked desserts for sale,

made by the Ftn. City Art Guild members!


Event Posting: Foothills Craft Guild Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary!

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Foothills Craft Guild members are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and will be
exhibiting at the Art Center September 9 – October 6, 2016! The show will be going
up all next week and will be celebrated with an opening reception Friday, September 9,
6:30 – 8:00 PM. The reception is open to everyone in the community. Especially exciting
is the fact that not just the younger and newer members but also many of the Guild’s original
founding members will be bringing in work for the displays.
Most of the Foothills Exhibit’s display pieces will be for sale which is excellent news for
those who admire handmade one-of-a-kind works of art. Also on display will be some
of the works from the Foothills Craft Guild’s permanent collection! The Guild was founded
in the 1966 in Oak Ridge and boasts some of the state of Tennessee’s finest artisans as
its members. The variety and quality in the exhibit will astound and delight everyone who
views it. On display will be fiber arts including weaving, spinning, needle felting, knitting,
and macrame. One can also expect to see handcrafted jewelry in metal, gemstones, and
glass; pottery of every style and method imaginable, handmade books, print making,
photography, basketry, wood, stone, and metal sculptures, quilting, brooms, cornshuck
dolls, and mosaics.


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