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  We will try to do outdoor live in person for APRIL pending good weather.  If weather is bad, contact for zoom link please.


LOCATION:  6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919

 Upcoming Events


Due to Covid restrictions,  It may be ZOOM  but if the weather is nice,  we will have it at our usual location in the outdoor pavilion.

Our next meeting is APRIL, 20 2021 at 7PM.

All are welcome. Please  click here  to request a link to the meeting.

Welcome to Denise Stewart-Sanabria  our Juror for the 2021 TAA Juried Show

Click here for her  BIO




We are holding our Member’s show the month of APRIL at the Knoxville Emporium Center for Arts and Culture  100 S Gay Street Knoxville TN

***2021 Members Summer Show ***

We will have a Members  show in July at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. More informaiton will be forthcoming.

***2021 Members Fall Show ***

We will have another member show at the Maryville College Gallery in September.  More information forthcoming.

We hope you can join us!


Marvin R. Reed,  Anne GlenSherrill,  Maria Shelly,  

Linda Blair,  Leesa Osburn

Below find some information on new member Leesa.  Stay tuned to see bio’s for our other new members.

New Member  Leesa Osburn


I was born and raised near Oregon Coast. I enlisted in the Army and had the opportunity to travel to Germany. After several years serving my country I returned to the U.S and settled in Las Vegas, NV for 14 years. After too many hot summers in 2019, my husband and I moved to Halls, Tennessee with our two rescue dogs. The change in environment has reinvigerated my need to put paint to canvas.

I have a Bachelors in Studio Art from University Nevada Las Vegas and paint mostly in Water Soluable Oils. My work, mostly landscape, has been shown now in several local exhibits and hope to expand my reach to future juried events.

I enjoy “rescuing” formerly used canvases and frames. Many canvases only need a tiny amount of work and a neutral basecoat in oils to prepare them for a new day of painting. Good quality frames often just need a new coat of paint and the two, canvas and frame, are ready to be joined. I often choose to paint on gallery wrapped frames which omits the need for a frame all together.

To expand my craft, I recently joined Painters for Plein Air Painting. For ease of portability I have been dabbling in Watercolor.


Please visit my website to see more of my work!



Current  Events

JOIN in and LEARN!


 The program will feature Artist Kate Aubrey, Award winning Watercolor Artist

This presentation will have applications for all mediums.
Push-Pull: Incorporating Figure and Ground
No matter what medium you work in, Backgrounds and Subjects need to be a part of each other, whether they like it or not. Come learn how watercolorist Kate Aubrey approaches this truth, and watch her work through the process on one of her paintings in progress. Be ready to duck, though. You never know what she’s going to do next!


We hope you can join us IN PERSON this month (weather permitting) and please invite your friends!


We have some very gifted teachers in TAA and regular classes are offered.  Please click below to see more information


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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