enaé Oglesby President I am a University of Tennessee, Knoxville graduate. After college I worked in every aspect of retail from management and marketing to purchasing and shipping and receiving. Working in outside sales the last 22 years I managed to carve out time to learn how to build stained glass. I worked with a local contractor building lamps for Ruby Tuesday’s. I began working on my own as the contractor for lamp repairs for Ruby’s until the re-modeling of the stores. Married Wayne Oglesby in 2001. Have two (2) step daughters, Renee & Emily and 6 grandchildren. In 2003 I started experimenting making glass jewelry. Completing the Rio Grande PMC certification in 2009 expanded my technical & creative knowledge for making Fine Silver jewelry. Completed an Art Clay certification in 2013.
issy Caldwell Vice-President Sissy is a native East Tennessean who retired from TVA in 2003 as Vice President of Investor Relations. Her experience at TVA also included strategic planning, communications, and human resources. She is a jewelry artist who began off-loom beading and working with precious metal clay shortly after she retired. Sissy is active in the art community, serving on the Board of the Art Market Gallery from 2011 to 2013 and as President in 2012, as organizer and President of the ET Precious Metal Clay Guild from 2010 to 2012, and as a juried member of the Townsend Artisan Guild. Sissy has also been actively engaged in church and philanthropic activities, including serving as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, as a member of the Advocacy Task Force of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the New Opportunity for Women Program at Maryville College. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She enjoys living in Maryville close to the Smoky Mountains and spending time with her husband and two children.
ynnda Tenpenny Past President A graduate of the University of Tennessee and has retired from KUB as Director of Customer Service. She has always done art and found her sweet spot with colorful nature inspired mixed media and collage. Lynnda’s work utilizes layers of acrylic paint and painted papers; people can often read various meanings in her work as they view the art through multiple layers. Lynnda is in regional galleries and several local public collections. She has been a member since 2006 is also a member of the Art Market Gallery (a juried artists’ co-op). Lynnda has won a several 1st place awards in regional exhibits and shows her work in various area art shows.
hereen Franklin Secretary Member at Large Shereen has lived in TN since 1979. She learned basic knitting and crocheting skills as a child from her mother. About 30 years ago, she started spinning her own yarn. All of her creations are fleece to finish product, and she does the carding, spinning, dying, and knitting or crocheting. Shereen is a member of Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild and The Tennessee Valley Handspinners.
ordon Fowler Treasurer After earning my B.A. in microbiology from the University of Tennessee in 1984, I worked as a lab technician and later as a carpenter. I married Ellen Bush in 1985, and I became a full time stay-at-home-dad to our three children in 1989. I have been turning wood since 2002, learning the craft from classes, videos, mentors, and many hours of trial and error at the lathe. I love the symmetry and symbolism of circles, and I’m inspired by the patterns and contrasts found in nature. Since our kids have grown, we moved from Fountain City to 15 acres in east Knox County where, in addition to house and yard work, I spend my time at the lathe, in the kitchen, tending to the chickens, enjoying outdoor sports, and volunteering.
ob Klassen Standards Co-Chair Bob holds an Associate Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. Several company transfers with General Electric has allowed Bob to enjoy living in various parts of the country, working in a number of sales, engineering, and management positions, finally settling and retiring in Knoxville. Bob has been turning since 1997, having attended Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts for many years to improve his skills. He works in both domestic and exotic woods, and specializes in vacuum dying techniques. He turns bowls, platters, boxes, hollow forms and vessels. Bob also teaches privately at his home. He has been a member since 2004.
lizabeth Thomas Show Director Elizabeth and Karen Massey are owners and principals of Kreative Events, LLC. Elizabeth’s background is East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as Director of Volunteer Services & Resources for 31 years. She also managed and produced the Fantasy of Trees. She also worked at the East TN Community Design Center and the National Foundation of the March of Dimes. She also serves on the board of Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, is a Past Gardens Chair of the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show. She serves on numerous committees at Central United Methodist Church.
aren Massey Show Director Karen and Elizabeth Thomas are owners and principals of Kreative Events, LLC. Karen’s background is the Knoxville Convention Center/Exhibition Center (one time home of the FCG fall
show) as General Manager, the Knoxville Convention Center/SMG as Director of Event Services, and the Knoxville Sports Corporation as Director of Operations & Event Management. She is involved with the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Board, the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, and Past Co-Chair of the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show.
ane Sharp Bookkeeper Jane is originally from Clarksville, TN. She moved to Knoxville to attend UT, where she earned a degree in business administration in 1978. After graduation Jane moved to Nashville where she owned and operated a needlecraft shop. The shop thrived due to the counted cross stitch and children’s hand smocking craze during the early 80s. In 1983 Jane married her husband Bailey and moved back to his hometown of Knoxville. Jane and Bailey have three daughters now 22, 24, and 26, and Jane worked part-time as the business manager of the Flower Market in Bearden from 1985-1998. Currently Jane is an accountant for Corporate Quarters while moonlighting as the FCG bookkeeper. Jane tells us she misses working with the public in retail and is so happy to get a yearly retail fix at the Foothills Fine Craft Fair every November.
att Salley Member at Large Matt Salley works in the realm of blown glass with the support of his wife and daughter who are also active with the glass. He is the owner of Marble City Glassworks, a teaching studio in South Knoxville and a 30 year resident of Tennessee. Matt stumbled upon blown glass over 20 years ago in his search for his vocation. As a result he has worked for several artists in the region and attended Penland School for Craft a number of times. He brings his passion for glass with him everywhere he goes. His work is in numerous homes, businesses and private collections.
yl Walker Member at Large Although raised in Ohio and Michigan, Jyl fell in love with the Knoxville area while serving on Independent Duty for the Marine Corps in 1976 and has called Knoxville home ever since. After years of administrative work, she was introduced to floral design and a whole new world of creativity opened up. A few years later, she was exposed to the art of jewelry making and it was then that she fell madly in love! Over the last 15 years, she has enjoyed having her work at the Knoxville Museum, Vagabondia, Liz-Beth Gallery, Wolfgangs Interiors and Gifts and has been a juried artist at Webb’s Art XTravaganza and Peninsula’s Artsclamation. Two years ago she juried in to the Foothills Craft Guild and is enthusiastic about serving such a talented community.
ulia Malia Member at Large I moved to Knoxville in 1991 and served on the faculty of the Child and Family Studies Department at the University of Tennessee until my retirement in 2009. Since retiring, I have been able to devote much more of my time and energy to the arts and crafts I have always loved. I juried into Foothills Craft Guild as a fiber artist (specializing in knitting and crochet) in 2010 and as a jewelry maker in 2011. I am also a stained glass craftswoman, as well as a watercolorist and musician. I am a member of the Art Market Gallery as a fiber artist, the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, the Precious Metal Clay Guild of East Tennessee, and the Fountain City Art Center. I am certified by the Rio Grande Company as a qualified precious metal clay (PMC) artisan and have completed Art Clay crossover certification. I had a month-long one-woman wearable art exhibit at the art center in Charles City, Iowa, in 2014. In 2013, I had two of my original fiber designs selected for runway appearances at the Dogwood Arts Festival Diva Luncheon Fashion Show in Knoxville. In 1977, I won second place in the state of Iowa for my original design and creation of a hand-hooked rug. I am proud to be a Foothills Guild member, and I see serving on the Board of Directors as a way to pay back the Guild back for the honor.
en Shipley Member at Large a Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and the Master of Fine Arts degree from UT Knoxville. Ken has worked in ceramics over 30 years, beginning his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in GA and Bill Ashley in TN. Ken’s work covers many aspects of ceramics, using high fire reduction, salt/soda, wood fire & electric kilns. His art has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; he has received many awards and recognition for a wide array of causes and donations. Along with his wife, Melody, he recently received a grant ‘Honoring 911 through Art Therapy’ to be accomplished Sept. 2017. He established a project, “10,000 Bowls” for Homelessness and Homeless Awareness locally with hopes to expand regionally. He has included his students in this project and has developed and carried over 55 students to a ceramic workshop in Certaldo, Italy the last 6 years. Ken teaches adult and children workshops. His work can be seen in galleries in TN, FL, AL, KY, IN, GA & has been exhibited in the US, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, China & England.