Sewanee Arts and Crafts Association Spring Fair

The Sewanee Arts and Crafts Association’s (SACA) Spring Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Shoup Park on University Avenue in Sewanee. This event is free and open to the public. Exhibitors will include:

Sandra Arnold, jewelry; Tracie Boswell, copper jewelry; Coyote Cove, aromatherapy soaps; Linda and Matt Barry, plants; Susan Church, wood boxes; Louis and Christine Colombarini, ceramics; Susan Cordell, pottery; Ronnie Crabtree, wind chimes; Phyllis Dix, hand painted items; Full Circle Candles, candles; 

Sandy Gilliam, photography; Burki Gladstone, clay; Mary Beth Green, encaustic boxes; Marcu Hilden, ironwork; Connie Hornsby, fiber art; Dennis Jones, jewelry; Jasper King, wooden bowls; Bill Knight, wooden toys; Elizabeth Long, silver jewelry; Bill Mauzy, turned wooden bowls; Randy McCurdy, pressed flowers; 

Mary and Mike McElwain, silverware jewelry; Christi Ormsby, clayware; Susan and Art Parry, glass jewelry and bowls; Danny Phifer, etchings; Amy Rae, handmade soaps; Claire Reishman, pottery; Luise Richards, sewing; Darlene Seagroves, handmade items; Jeanie Stephenson, bronze; Merissa Tobler, pottery; 

Carol and Glenn Vandenbosch, mosaic; Ron Van Dyke, yard art; Polly Wells, clay miniatures; Anna Whitworth, hand thrown pottery; Will Winton, prints; Laurel York, block printing/baskets.

SSMF Tickets Available

The 63rd season of the SSMF will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, with a Faculty Artist Series concert. Both season tickets ($125) and tickets for individual events ($20) are on sale now at The season will run through Sunday, July 14.

Groove Grease in Concert Saturday

Groove Grease is a soul/jazz/funk trio made up of Nashville power hitters Charles Treadway, Pete Abbott, and Pat Bergeson. Do ya like soul-jazz? Funk? Organ boogaloo? It’ll be in ample supply Saturday, May 11, upstairs at Shenanigans, starting at 8:30 p.m. 

Charles Treadway leads the group on B3 organ. Pete Abbott has played drums with Average White Band, The Dynamites, and a slew of Nashville road and studio acts. Pat Bergeson is best known for his work with Union Station and Suzy Boguss, and just like the other two, is an absolute world-class player.

Tickets are $10 and available in advance at​gans-17819821650. Don’t miss it!

Spring Arts & Crafts Fair

The Sewanee Arts and Crafts Association’s (SACA) Spring Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Shoup Park on University Avenue in Sewanee. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by SACA..

Semi-Annual Winchester Wriggle Scheduled for May 3


The Winchester Wriggle Art and Music Crawl, which began in 2014, is a not-for-profit event created to promote the growth of downtown Winchester and to raise awareness and interest in the prospering new programs being offered to adults, teens, and children alike.

Winchester Wriggle 2019 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3 and will run until 9 p.m.

All are invited to enjoy live music, fine art, shopping, refreshments and more.

For those interested in live music, performances will be presented by the following: Alison McCormick at Swafford’s Property Shop, Bright Box Play Kit at The White Rabbit, Ricky Russell at Branchwater Distillery, Freeman Hindman at Take Two Boutique, Locke and Loaded at the Kiwanis Club Amphitheater, David Watson at John T’s BBQ, The DifferenTs at Above Average Boutique and Bad Nayber at The Back Porch Pub & Grill.

There will also be live music and a children’s art activity at Vision Church, as well as a spring student piano recital at Let’s Make A Note Piano Studio.

For those interested in art, the Franklin County student art show will be hosted at the Franklin County Courthouse . There will also be a live mural painting by Emily May-Ragland at The Back Porch Pub & Grill, art by Jennifer Liebig at Let’s Make A Note Piano Studio, work by Lil Lee Copper at Branchwater Distillery, photos by Ricky Davis at Take Two Boutique, work by Ken Uselton at John T’s BBQ and art by Ashley Prince at Above Average Boutique. 

The Back Porch Pub & Grill will also host a tasting by Cuestión Tequila. 

The primary objective of the Winchester Wriggle is to raise awareness and money for the TN New Life Center, which is an art program that provides developmentally- and physically-challenged adults with opportunities to engage in productive and fulfilling activities.

At the Galleries

The Artisan Depot

On display now is “Facing Forward,” through May 5. Opening April 18 is “Between the Rocks,” by Andy Gay; opening reception Friday, April 26. The next show, to which the entire community is invited to participate, is themed “Found in the Making.” Intake is May 2 through 5, and the opening reception is Friday, May 10. 

The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East, Cowan. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

The Frame Gallery

Frame Gallery presents “Swept Away, Drawn Into & Adrift in the Blue” by Ed Carlos through April 30. 

The Frame Gallery is located at 12569 Sollace M. Freeman Hwy., Sewanee. The frame shop and gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Gallery

Starting in the art gallery and spilling out into the halls and windows of the academic buildings, students and faculty of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will create a series of tape art images and murals using only blue painter’s tape. The public is invited to watch the work in progress between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday until April 26. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

The SAS Gallery is located in the center of Simmonds Building on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus.

University Art Gallery

“Reclamation” is an exhibition of photography, sculpture, and collage by the University of the South’s senior art majors: Ivey Dahlstrom, Violet Hoagland, Barton Perkins and Brianna Young. The exhibit will be on display from April 19–May 11.

An opening reception will be held in the University Art Gallery on Friday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in Convocation Hall, the seniors will speak about their work as part of Scholarship Sewanee. From 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, the UAG will host a closing reception, celebrating the senior art majors and the close of a successful exhibition season.

The Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

University Archives

Historic Houses of Sewanee is on display through July 31. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 1–5 p.m. The Archives is located between duPont Library and the Police Department. Parking is available on Georgia Avenue.

Upcoming A&E Events

Studio Theatre Shows

On April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., the theatre will present “The Aliens,” by Annie Baker. Two drifting young adults are sitting on the back porch of a small Vermont coffee shop, talking about art, love, and the meaning of their lives. When a young high school student walks into their lives, they welcome him into their circle after some initial difficulties, and teach him everything they know in the process. 

The play is directed by Balazs Borosi, and performed by Finn Gallagher, Nick Govindan, and Balazs Borosi.

On April 26 and 27, the theatre will present “Dreamin’ On a Starry Night” with Karissa Wheeler, at 7 p.m. “Dreamin’ on a Starry Night” features songs from Bonnie & Clyde, Les Misérables, Mama Mia and many more Broadway musicals.

Joining Karissa will be accompanist Bramwell Atkins with special appearances by Nick Govindan and Jonathan Herring. 

The performances will be at the Tennessee Williams Center Tennessee Williams 115 – Studio Theatre.

University Jazz Ensemble

The University Jazz Ensemble End of Semester Concert will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at St. Luke’s Chapel.

Gospel Choir Spring Concert

The University Gospel Choir, Sewanee Praise, presents their end of year concert on Tuesday, April 30. It will take place in St. Luke’s Chapel at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 

A Cappella Concert

There will be an a cappella concert 6:30–9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at Guerry Auditorium.

String Academy Concert

There will be a String Academy Concert from 3–4 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in Guerry Auditorium.

SSMF Faculty Preview Concert

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival will present a Faculty Preview Concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, in Guerry Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception immediately following in McGriff Alumni House. 

The performers are Gregory Lee, violin, University of Oklahoma; Brittany McWillians, violin, University of Louisville; Amy Chang, piano, University of Michigan; Hillary Herndon, viola, University of Tennessee; Rachel Miller, harp, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Paula Bressman, harp, Nashville Symphony Orchestra/University of the South; Bill Yelverton, guitar, MTSU, University of the South; and Jason Calloway, cello, Frost Music School, University of Miami.

Repertoire includes Parvis: Cortège et Danse by Bernard Andres, Baba O’Riley by Pete Townsend arr. by Paula Bressman, Terzetto 3rd and 4th movements, and Schumann piano quintet 4th movement.

SAS Spring Concert April 24

The St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School spring concert, titled “Around the Corner and Around the World,” will be at 7:30 p.m.,Wednesday, April 24, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. 

The concert will feature the upper school guitar ensemble, middle school musicians and the upper school vocal ensemble performing a musical journey across countries, styles, eras and languages, from Thomas Tallis to Ziggy Marley. 

Soloists include Lauren Wockasen, Isabella Randolph and Maddie Jones. Ruth Cobb will be accompanist. The SAS music program is under the direction of J.R. Ankney.

There is no cost to attend the event, and the public is welcome to attend. 

April Festival of Arts Slated for IONA: Art Sanctuary

The Spring Festival of Artists and Authors at IONA: Art Sanctuary is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. The festival will continue through Thursday, April 18. The theme for the week is immigration. All events are free and open to the public. 

The festival will open on Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m., with a presentation from photographer and painter Mary O’Neill. Poet and reporter for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger Leslie Lytle will follow with a reading of fiction centered on immigration. Other readings will include those by Dan Paracka, Robin Gottfried, and Adam Randolph who will conclude each evening with a song.

On Wednesday, April 17, writer David Baker, who is working on his first book of short poems titled “Word Windows,” will read from his work. Baker will be followed by poet Naomi Buck Pilagi, writer Patrick Dean and poet Adam Latham. 

Thursday, April 18 will conclude the festival, beginning with environmental geographer and an assistant professor of environmental studies Russ Fielding. Fielding will read a section from his new book, “Wake of the Whales.” Following that reading will be poet Ty MacMahon, essayist and frequent “Letter to the Editor” writer Faye Walter and teller of family stories Francis Walter. Walter will share a story of his “Ah Minnie,” who never married and was the keeper of family lore.

IONA: Art Sanctuary, founded by artist Ed Carlos, exists to offer a place for writers and artists to share their creative work with each other and the community, and our emphasis is the source: creativity and spirituality.