1445 Dickerson Bay Drive, Gallatin
Kathy Plourde – Paint, Fabric Art, Pottery
Kathy Plourde is a multi-talented artist specializing in the media of “mud and rags.” As a fabric artist she combines quilting, felting, and free-style embroidery to create one of a kind handbags, scarves, tapestries, and articles of clothing. Through her expressions in clay, her art form ranges from the practical in her pottery creations to the whimsical in her sculptures infused with self-reflection and story-telling. Kathy is self-taught artist who claims her biggest challenge is deciding which media to explore that day. Beyond “mud and rags” she expresses herself in sketching, poetry, fabric painting, sewing, stained glass, and lampwork. Kathy earned her Masters degree in Theology from Loyola University and shares her love of the spirituality of the creative process as a facilitator in Spirituality and Creativity in a variety of retreats ranging from transitioning military veterans, women in recovery, special needs youth, and spiritual voyagers. Originally from Miami, Florida, she currently resides in Gallatin and lists her occupation as: Grandma. She is a retired information systems professional and spent 24 years as a military spouse. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Ann Moore – Jewelry, Handmade Paper, and Mixed Media
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing with a minor in textiles from the Louisville School of Art. I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in fibers from Southern Illinois University. After teaching art for 27 years in Texas, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee, I enjoy spending more time on my own artwork. I am interested in color, pattern, and texture using beads, yarn, fabric, handmade paper, and mixed media. I am creating jewelry and wearable accessories as well as art for the wall. I also enjoy drawing with pen and ink as well as creating art using pastels and paint.
David Moore – Woodworking
After thirty-three years of teaching art in Rochester, New York, I moved to Gallatin, TN in 1999. I have been working with wood since I was an undergraduate in college. I received a Bachelors Degree in fine arts from the State University of New York, Buffalo and a Masters Degree from the State University of New York, Brockport. I am a painter as well as a sculptor but creating with wood has continued to be my main focus. When I approach a new piece, I have three things in mind: function, a combination of interesting forms, and the use of contrasting woods.
Tim O’Leary – Woodturning
Tim O’Leary is 64. He relocated from Miami to Gallatin in 2015 when he retired after 32 years as an Army helicopter pilot and FBI Special Agent. He began turning wood in 2007 as stress relief and is self taught.. He can now dedicate even more time and energy to his work making bowls, vases, lidded vessels and snowmen.
Mike Countess – Pottery
Mike Countess has combined his long-time interest in early American military history and artifacts with his avocation in creating unique designs in pottery. “Battlefield Pottery” in Crossville, Tennessee produces distinctive hand-thrown pottery that contains impressions of early American military artifacts and memorializes battlefields, veterans, and experiences of that time period. Drawing on a combined career in conservation of natural and cultural resources, Mike has also been instructed and inspired by gifted potters such as Wendy Gustafson (Woodland Gallery), Tommy Williams, Rod Lederer, and Josh DeWeese (Appalachian Center for Crafts).
“I take painting as a creative outlet and a new worship language which connects me with The Divine. Sometimes I talk to myself, sometimes I babble and sometimes my spirit sings…”. Grace