Denae 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.
Lynnda 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.
Mike Naney, Secretary - Mike moved to Tennessee in 1977 to work for ORNL. He trained as a geologist receiving degrees from Fresno State College, University of California at Davis, and Stanford University, continuing to work for ORNL after retiring. Photography has been a hobby since he was 8. In 2005 his interest in photography intensified with renewed enthusiasm & artistic growth due to the adoption of digital photography. His greatest satisfaction comes from making images that capture the essence of a beautiful scene and illustrate an earth science related concept, principle, or process. His work can be seen in several local galleries: Art Market Gallery, Gallery Nuance, & Olde Concord Gallery. He is honored to be a Foothills Craft Guild member since 2009. He looks forward to new photographic opportunities while adventuring in national parks close to home and far afield with wife Linda!
Linda Folks, Treasurer - Has been a member of the Foothills Craft Guild since 2010. She was elected to the Board and began serving as Treasurer in 2011. Linda is a jewelry artist who primarily works in the media of seed beads and silver metal clay. Although she has long been interested in jewelry and fine crafts, she was only able to begin crafting seriously after she retired. Linda worked for 34 years in the Federal government, serving at the White House, at the Internal Revenue Service, and for the last 20 years of her career at the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Office of the Inspector General. Linda was a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Although a relative newcomer to the fine craft community, Linda is a strong supporter of the Guild and its mission to promote and encourage high standards of workmanship in handicrafts and to sponsor activities which contribute to the advancement and appreciation of art and handicrafts of all kinds.
Bob 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.
Jim Gentry, Standards Co-Chair - Native of mid-state TN and currently a resident of Fountain City. Jim has 25 plus years in arts education/administration/management. He received degrees from MTSU and Peabody College. Currently, his primary media focus is fiber: knotted and related techniques. Jim was an original member of Foothills Craft Guild and later moved out of state. He juried and became a member again in 2002. Jim is a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild, the National Basketry Organization, the Great Smoky Mountains Association and Fountain City Art Center.
Karen 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.
Elizabeth 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.
Pat Thomas, Member at Large - Pat K. Thomas is a full-time studio artist, teacher and gallery owner. Pat has chosen archaic art forms of surface design on paper and fabric -- marbling, shibari, vat dye discharge. The patterns, texture and color provide endless fascination. Pat teaches at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN., John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC., as well as privately in the upstairs studio at Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN. The Gallery is a historic building dating to 1933 moved from downtown and reconstructed in the Great Smoky Arts & Craft Community.
Julia Malia, Member at Large - Julia moved to Knoxville in 1991 & served on the faculty of the Child and Family Studies Department at the University of Tennessee until her retirement in 2009. She juried into Foothills Craft Guild as a fiber artist (specializing in knitting & crochet) in 2010 & as a jewelry maker in 2011. Julia is also a stained glass craftswoman, as well as a water-colorist & musician. She is a member of the Art Market Gallery as a fiber artist, the Tennessee Valley Hand-spinners Guild, the Precious Metal Clay Guild of East Tennessee, and Fountain City Art Center. Julia is certified by Rio Grande Company as a qualified precious metal clay (PMC) artisan & has completed Art Clay crossover certification.
Matt 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.
Aleex Conner, Marketing Director - Founded Marketing Dimensions in 1998 and specializes in the development of comprehensive marketing strategies to assist clients in new customer acquisition and business growth. Aleex graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and she has over 30 years of experience in marketing. Her areas of expertise include public relations, community promotions, media relations, publication development, media buying, advertising programs, and innovation/creativity. She is also active in a variety of business and community organizations that include the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, Business Network International, Knoxville Association of Women Executives, Farragut Chamber of Commerce, Foothills Craft Guild, Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Fountain City Art Center.Jane 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.
Shereen Franklin, 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.