By PATRICIA FREED
For The Vista
Fairfield Glade residents are eager to resume outdoor pursuits after a cold, housebound winter. A good walking trail to explore on a sunny day is the Art Guild’s paved and handicapped-accessible Sculpture Trail.
Located near Druid Hills next to the Plateau Creative Arts Center, this scenic Sculpture Trail is an offshoot of the paved central trail that travels north-south under Peavine Road.
Two new sculptures have been added to the Sculpture Trail, one of which is a wood-carving called “Keeper of the Woods.”
Wood-carving artist Steve Sullentrup created “Keeper of the Woods’ from a piece of cedar wood he found in a vacant lot next to Watts Bar Lake.
Using his artistic mindset, Steve examined the raw piece of cedar, trying to envision the potential that lay just beneath the wood’s surface.
Steve hand-carved six beautiful images within the cedar branches: a wood spirit, a frog, an eagle, two raccoons, a feather, and a heron.
Sculpture Trail visitors will enjoy the challenge of locating all six images that reside within the “Keeper of the Woods” sculpture.
Steve began wood-carving in 1994 at the suggestion of his wife, Tess, who is also a wood-carver and a jewelry designer.
Steve’s wood-carving mentor was a neighbor who was a master carver, carpenter, and also head of a forestry department. Prior to retiring in 2007, Steve earned a degree in Aviation Management, and he flew for the airlines for more than 28 years.
The Art Guild Sculpture Trail’s second new sculpture, a piece by Roger Listenberger, will be highlighted in next month’s sculpture garden article.
For more information about the Art Guild’s classes, display gallery, or sculpture trail, visit the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine Rd.) or call 931-707-7249.
Tom Stade, a nationally known artist and member of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, continues to lead monthly Art Critique Workshops at the Plateau Creative Arts Center for all artists who wish to attend. The next Art Critique Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday February 19 from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the PCAC. There is no charge and the critique is open and free to all.
Expand your art interests and develop your talents by attending a Life Drawing Class on the 4th Monday of each month at the PCAC. A live model will be available.
Bring your sketch pad and camera to capture the pose. A $5 fee is assessed all participants for the model fee.
If you want some company during your jewelry beading project, the Open Beading Studio happens on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Bring your project with or without problems and receive lots of compassion and conversation. There is a $5 fee for non-members for studio use.
Visitors are welcome to the Open Art Studio each Monday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Express yourself with your art project, get tips on painting, drawing, or beading. Supplies are available for most mediums for a small fee.
You can stay for four hours (bring your lunch) or just stay for a couple of hours. The Open Studio is interesting and best of all, it makes you create, laugh, talk, and have fun.
Come Paint, Bead, Sketch, and Critique. Take the time to visit the wonderful Art Gallery and view the beautiful work of our many talented local artists.
Two Layered Bracelet Class at PCAC
Linda Farber will begin a series of jewelry classes on Feb 20 from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
The Two Layered Bracelet is made using two different types of beads. A third layer can also be added to give the bracelet extra pizazz. This bracelet is made using a peyote stitch and embellished using a picot stitch. It is a project suitable for beginners and advanced beaders alike.
The cost for each class is $17 for members and $22 for non-members. Payment is due at the time of registration.
In addition there will be a materials kit fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class. This kit fee will range between $10 and $20 depending on the class and the cost of materials at the time of purchase.
Call the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at 931-707-7249 or visit the Plateau Creative Art Center (PCAC), at 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine) to register.
This bracelet and four other jewelry projects to be taught by Linda are on display at the Art Center, so check them out when you visit. The Two Layered Bracelet and many other fine art classes are offered at the PCAC by the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, a not-for-profit 501( c)(3) organization and an equal opportunity provider.
The PCAC is handicapped accessible.