Explore the variety and scope of artistic talent of Etowah and its greater community in the gallery of the Etowah Arts Commission, newly renamed to honor the late Nancy Cantrell Dender (founder of the Etowah Arts Commission). The Nancy Cantrell Dender Gallery and office of the Etowah Arts Commission is located at 700 Tennessee Avenue, next door to the historic Gem Theater. Exhibits rotate and change throughout the year, so there is always something new!
Activities associated with exhibits include: art classes, craft projects, and Friends-Exclusive artist receptions. Join today or sign up for our newsletter to know all of the exciting ways you can engage with current exhibitions.
Current and Past Exhibitions Include:
The Etowah Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Nancy Cantrell Dender artwork exhibit is now open! Featuring over 30 hand-painted items, including china plates, bowls, and vases, this exhibit shows exquisite examples of art produced by the late Nancy Cantrell Dender. Nancy Cantrell Dender founded the Etowah Arts Commission in 1977, thereby creating the second rural arts council in Tennessee. She served as the first chairman and remained a key advisor and supporter for over thirty years. An accomplished artist in own right, Nancy had a...read more
THE MAGIC OF THE BRUSH Paintings in Oil & Acrylic by Artist BOB RHYNSBURGER On Display October 3 through November 9, 2013 ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Originally from Wyoming, Bob’s appreciation of mountain landscapes came naturally from living in his home state and many residencies in the United States and foreign countries. His many business trips to Europe and the Far East provided an additional appreciation for various landscapes. Bob excels in creating oil landscapes, Southwestern Desert scenes, and Abstract paintings...read more
Can you feel color? Can you see texture? If a painting is complete and no one is around to see it, has art been created? Join Etowah Arts Commission as we explore ‘OUTSIDE THE WATERCOLOR BOX – recent paintings by Marie Spaeder Haas’ on exhibit in our gallery June 27 through September 21. Everyone is invited to experience this adventure with Marie at the Artist’s Reception on Thursday, June 27 from 5-7pm. Light hors d’oeurves will be served as we experience new surfaces, new subject matter and new combinations of materials with...read more
The Etowah Arts Commission gallery is alive with the flowing, inspirational artwork of Tina Baker from October 11 through December 8, 2012. An Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 5pm until 7pm, to which everyone is invited and encouraged to drop in for a visit with Ms. Baker, while enjoying some light hors d’oeurves. In addition, mark Saturday, November 10 on your calendar and join Ms. Baker from 9am until 12pm(noon) to create your own 16×20 oil painting of a breathtaking waterfall, as she teaches the Bob Ross...read more
Exhibit from August 9 through September 29 at Etowah Arts Commission | Cupcake Artist Reception on August 23 from 6-8pm, FREE Mountain Range by Logan Raby Featuring artists Derrick Freeman, Sam Moses, and Logan Raby, Etowah Arts explores different ways to approach art with the second installation of the ‘Shades of Paint’ series. These young men are all represented by Autistic Events, an arts-based nonprofit in Sweetwater, TN. Want to see even more from these exceptional artists? Be sure to check out each of their websites, linked...read more
Exhibit from June 14th to July 28th at the Etowah Arts Commission | Artist Reception on June 21st from 6-8pm Andrew Cook is a large-scale painter and muralist recently moved from Atlanta, GA to Englewood, TN. His works contain a vibrancy which reflects the life and world about him. Several of his mobile works will be on display during his portion of EAC’s ‘Shades of Paint’ progression. He is available for art and mural commissions, as well as piano tuning. Want to see more of Mr. Cook’s work? Experience his wide range...read more
Exhibit from April 17 to June 1 Public reception on Friday, April 20 from 5-7pm Help spread the word! Download and print our Flyer HERE! Forty-four photographs from fifteen area ‘Shutterbugs’ are on view from April 17 through June 1st. They cover a wide range of subjects, including portraits, flowers, landscapes, and wildlife. Examples include a contemplation of glass artwork, the first blooms of early spring, a strange Tellico residence, and the energy of a pianist during the first Black Gospel Explosion. Visitors will be amazed to glimpse...read more
Exhibit is on view from March 6 to April 6 in the EAC Gallery from 12-6pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. FREE admission! From 1700-1900 young women made intricate ‘samplers’ to display their skill at needlework. View a “sample” of these artworks from Tennessee in full size glory along with biographical information on the young ladies who made them. This exhibit is on loan from the Tennessee Sampler Survey. “Simple Sampler Accents” cross-stitch class with artist Daranee Manley on March 24th from 2-4pm!...read more
On Display from February 7 – March 3, 2012 | Public Reception on February 23 from 6-7pm John “Brownie” Brock (8/11/1925 – 10/26/2006) was an Etowah-ian skilled and patient with needlework. It is said that “his backs are as good as his fronts”, but don’t take it from me. Visit the Etowah Arts Commission Gallery to see his precise work for yourself! One of the most interesting parts of the display is a set of afghans, recalling the state flower of places the Brocks particularly enjoyed visiting during their many travels. Mr. Brock was...read more