The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Upcoming Shows for Artists in the Upper Cumberland Area

Once again, Spring is here, or at least well on its way!  Shows for artists tend to crop up and there are several really good events planned for the Arts Alliance.  We will be participating in the April 2nd, 3rd anniversary celebration at Sutton's Store in Granville, Tennessee.  This is an inside event, and members are encouraged to bring new artwork on April 1st, so we can display it.  Also the Poke Sallet Festival in Gainesboro Tennessee will feature a new artists' market this year around the historic courthouse.  You can find the link through the Gainesboro-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce link.  This is a May 6th and &7th show.  Also, the same weekend there will be a festival at Sgt. York Foundation for artists, and the booths are free this year.  So....plan on attending one of the many events and taking advantage of the Mother's Day weekend buyers.  April 4th is the annual meeting for the Arts Alliance at 4:30 p.m. at the Cookeville Putnam library.  We have lots to discuss and some direction to talk about and decide on.  It should be a good meeting, and a chance for you to add to the group.  Heritage Day is May 28th in Granville, and we will be hosting an outdoor artists market, next to Sutton's Store.  Also June 18th, we are planning an Alice Maiwald Memorial Fresh Air Festival to celebrate the life and vision of our past president.  So....plan to come to as many as you can and stay active in the arts in 2011!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail in Jeopardy! Letter for your Representatives!

Friends,  Please feel free to use this or a version of this letter to contact your representatives and ask that they seriously consider their vote coming up for the USDA RC&D full funding issue!  Let's see this go viral!

March 10, 2011

I am sending this messagel in the hopes that when a vote is taken in the next week or so, you will seriously look at the ramifications that not extending full funding to the RC&D program will have on already distressed and economically challenged areas in your state. I live in Jackson county in the Upper Cumberland, and there are many wonderful programs that are in jeopardy should the full funding disappear. We have been successful, in our county, to work with Kathy Daugherty and her team in Cookeville to implement and continue the quilt trail. This trail has be used to bring tourism dollars into rural areas with much success. There are many other programs at risk as well. Please vote responsibly for this area your state. There are few programs available that do as much good for the rural challenged areas as those of the RC&D. Thank you for your consideration in advance.


Carla Khouri

Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance

Gainesboro-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

Upper Cumberland Tourism Association

The Blue Heron Studio – Gainesboro, TN