A place to learn and grow as an artist. 

Serving local artists in the Knoxville and surrounding areas.


Monthly Meeting

3rd Tuesday of each Month

Please join us for every 3rd Tuesday of the month for our Association meeting  where you will be encouraged in your art and learn all sorts of new things!


LOCATION:  Westminister Presbyterian Church located at 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN

Upcoming Demos and Speakers

Feb 18, 2020

FEBRUARY  speaker will be Tom Harrington from Cades Cove

Tom Harrington, Ranger, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Tom lives in Fountain City n is the lifelong member of the Fountain City Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Central High School and East Tennessee State. Tom served is the US Army for two years and then worked with the family insurance agency for 40 years at which time he retired.
He has been a volunteer interpreter with the National Park in Cades Cove since April of 2000. Among his duties are doing programs at Cade Cove Primitive Baptist Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM from mid-March to mid-November. Additionally, he does trail and wildlife reports for the parks.
He also goes out on trails once or twice a week to do trail reports for the park. Additionally, other duties include doing community outreach programs on behalf of the park for groups like ours, civic clubs, retirement homes and church group.
Tom will be sharing about the history of Cades Cove and interesting facts as well as unique opportunities that an artist may have to be inspired!

Thank you Larry Holmes Norwell 

Larry presented a great program  at the January  meeting on carving and his history and experience in developing his craft.  It was very interesting!   

Larry is also our Artist of the Month,  so please visit that page and see his wonderful work!




Welcome to new member Jack Retterer – a professional photographer.   See our Classes page for some workshops he has coming up. 


Current  Events

JOIN in and LEARN!


We have several Opportunities for you to learn and have fun in  the coming Months

SETH HAVERKAMP will be holding a 5 day Portrait Workshop In Buddy’s studio  FEB 10-14 2020

300 W Beech St Ste 25

La FolletteTN 37766

We will paint from photographs.
Cost  $425


Jan 8, 2020   2.5 hour class


Jan 29 then weekly for 4 weeks.

 see Classes page for details

Artist of the Month

Larry Holmes Nowell was an air intercept controller in the Navy. He was the first enlisted man to receive the Distinguished Service Medal for combat action in 1972 and was inducted into the Navy Surface Warfare Hall of Fame in 2005.

He began his artistic career in California, when a neighbor convinced him to attend a painting class. He primarily worked in oil and focused on portraits. Larry’s medium shifted to wood carving after taking a night class taught by a former Air Force man.

As a child, Larry would go to the fair and recalled a cowboy who would whittle boots out of branches. So naturally, he began by carving boots and has made thousands over the years. One of his wooden boots even made it to the Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville, CA, and Roy himself placed it in a glass case across from Trigger.

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If you are seeking an artist for a project or are interested in participating with TAA, we would love to hear from you.

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(865) 888-5540