It’s Prowl week: Art tour kicks off Friday in Cookeville

Robin Ford gets her paintings ready for the 2015 ART Prowl in Cookeville. Photo/Carol Ventura
Robin Ford gets her paintings ready for the 2015 ART Prowl in Cookeville. Photo/Carol Ventura

COOKEVILLE – Bright yellow signs line Cookeville’s downtown streets, signaling the excitement of local art to come – and it’s coming soon!

The 15th annual ART Prowl studio and gallery tour is noon-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at various locations in the historic WestSide and downtown districts. Charity’s Bake Shop and Café at 11 N. Oak St. is the ART Prowl welcome center, where maps, brochures, T-shirts and activity information will be available.

(SEE OUR PREVIOUS ART PROWL STORY, “Art and business mingle at 2015 ART Prowl.”)

More than 30 Upper Cumberland artists will display and sell their work at 18 Cookeville locations. For artists, this is the perfect opportunity to meet the public and share their processes. Artists displaying works in painting are Arlene Dubo, Donna Magadov and Robin Ford. Ceramics artists include Marilee Hall, Jay Frankenfield, John Sellberg, Jackie Ray Cantrell and Sandy Miller. Breanna Kincaid and Katelynn Dunn will show their work in fibers. Artists displaying and selling jewelry include Jane Forkum, Kip Kniep, Sadie Wang, Kathe Reed-Nelson and Stephanie Barnes. Bob Carlsen will show is work in wood, and Linda Johnson and Brad Sells will present work in sculpture.

ART Prowl signs line downtown Cookeville.
ART Prowl signs line downtown Cookeville.

The following artist groups are also part of this year’s Prowl: Artshop 13 and Welcome Center Gallery Artists in painting, TTU and Appalachian Center for Craft in various fine craft media, Cumberland Art Society in painting and mixed media, 4D Studio Group in upcycled metal and mixed media, Petrillio Studio Group in paper and mixed media, and Cookeville High School Emerging Artists in mixed media.

Prowlers will find engagement in the artist demonstrations found throughout the Prowl, as well as the free kids’ activities on Saturday.

“Cookeville’s independent artists, like our small independent businesses, add to the variety, diversity and richness that make the WestSide so much fun,” said Tom and Jennifer Furtsch, owners of Father Tom’s Pub on North Cedar. Father Tom’s, along with numerous other neighborhood businesses, restaurants and organizations, is a Community pARTner, showing strong support of local art by offering discounts, specials, and/or activities during the two-day event. A full list of these Community pARTners’ special ART Prowl offers is available at and in the ART Prowl brochure.

ART Prowl is the flagship event of Art ‘Round Tennessee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts in the Upper Cumberland. This event is supported by a grant from the Cookeville Arts Council, the WestSide Business Association, other sponsors and community members, and, of course, artists.

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