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 to Wayne Oglesby 12 years. Two step daughters, Renee & Emily. Three grandchildren, Bailee, Owen & Stella. 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.
Lynnda Tenpenny, Past President: Is 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!
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.
Sue Mowan, Member at Large Susan (Sue) Mowan, Member at Large has a Masters Degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was licensed as an IRS Enrolled Agent. Sue retired in 2011 from Coulter & Justus, PC a large Knoxville, TN accounting firm as a tax accountant. She worked with individuals, corporations, partnerships and non-profit organizations. Sue and her husband Bob moved from Indiana to Knoxville, TN in 1999. After taking a basket class at church, Sue started taking lots of classes and making lots of baskets. She was juried into the Foothills Craft Guild in 2007. She started initially weaving Appalachian baskets and has expanded her art to include Nantucket baskets. Sue has demonstrated the art of basket weaving at the Foothills Craft Show and teaches basket weaving classes.
Sissy Caldwell, Member at LargeSissy is a native East Tennessean who retired from TVA in 2003 as Vice President of Investor Relations. She is a jewelry artist who began off-loom beading and working with precious metal clay shortly after she retired. Sissy considers her talent for jewelry-making to be a gift from God and donates fifty percent of her net profits to local charities out of thankfulness. She has been active in the art community, serving as on the Board of the Art Market Gallery from 2011 to 2013 and as President in 2012, and as organizer and President of the ET Precious Metal Clay Guild from 2010 to 2012. 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.
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.
Matt Salley, 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.
Dorothy Smith, Show Director Is President of Smith Marketing which she founded in 1988. The full service marketing firm specializes in public relations, advertising and event marketing. A native Knoxvillian, she majored in Communications at the University of Tennessee and has a variety of marketing experience. Smith was Executive Director of Main Street Knoxville, Marketing Director at Aztex Convenience Stores, and Public Relations Director of United American Bank. Active in the community, she is the chair of the Dogwood Arts Annual Diva Lunch, former co-chair of the Dogwood Arts Festival, past president of the Knoxville Advertising Federation, and past president of the Knoxville American Marketing Association. The annual Christmas in the City festival was founded by Smith in 1978. She is a firm believer in giving back to the community.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.