Afternoon Rest // Paintings by Tiffany Foss
By JOHN McBRYDE
After spending several years in the world of architecture, Franklin artist Tiffany Foss said she felt drawn to the world of God’s creation.
Foss, who lives in the Grassland area, has been painting professionally for about 10 years now and has had her art represented at Galley 202 since 2012. She will be the gallery’s featured artist when the Franklin Art Scene is held Friday from 6-9 p.m.
This month’s event, which is expected to be warmer than the last few first Fridays, will introduce five new sites, welcome back more than 15 longtime supporters, and celebrate the grand re-opening of Rare Prints Gallery.
Foss said she is looking forward to greeting attendees at Gallery 202, a place she said instills encouragement in its family of artists.
“I’m honored to be there,” she said. “They are wonderful and we’re a big family of artists. They’re so great and encouraging.”
Foss’ entry into full-time painting came as a leap of faith of sorts. She has always enjoyed creating, and she worked for an architectural firm for several years before returning to Franklin to live. That’s when a new inspiration was instilled in her.
“It was really a faith progression,” Foss said. “My faith was growing at the time and I just really started appreciating God’s creation. I was so inspired by artists in the area and stared taking workshops with them.”
Foss particularly became interested in the form of painting known as plein air, meaning on-site painting in the outdoors. She joined other plein air painters in a group called the Chestnut Group, which numbers more than 200 likeminded painters.
“That’s how I prefer to paint,” she said. “I like to encourage other painters in that as well. It really does help in your painting growth. It helps you to see color, and what you learn in the field, you can take back to the studio and it helps you to grow.”
Foss will conduct a plein air workshop May 31-June 2 at Gallery 202.
In addition to Foss, featured artists in the April Art Scene include:
- Artists in the Village, located at 1143 Columbia Ave., will host artist & teacher Laurie Denbrock who will be hosting SmashAPot – a fun and creative pottery wheel throwing experience.
- Finnleys, located at 435 Main St., will host artists Niki & Jane Hooper, a mother daughter duo whose art reflects their love of their Tennessee home.
- Franklin Collective, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., will feature self-taught artist Samantha Ornellas whose oil paintings reflect the ‘beauty of this, crazy, fragile but beautiful planet’.
- Franklin Road Apparel, located at 508 W Mains St., will showcase the work of Silvia Ilona, a classically trained fine artist working in impressionistic realism with a bold brushstroke.
- Hester & Cook, located at 340 A Main St., will host artist Kristena Derrick, who is passionate about all things Mid-Century Modern, the farmhouse movement, and finding beauty everywhere.
- Holly Thompson Homes, located at 236 2nd Ave. S., will feature abstract artist Sarah Menkel, who uses color to convey emotion onto the canvas.
- Imaginebox Emporium, located at 311 N. Margin St., will showcase the original illustrations of Cory Basil as well as his other creations using mediums such as watercolor, oil and gauche.
- John M Green Realtors, LLC, located at 118 4th N., will feature artist Marianne Liporace who shares her thoughts and experiences on canvas.
- ONYX & ALABASTER, located at 134 2nd N., will host artist Rachel Faulkner Brown who is “so excited to create these pieces which speak to the beautiful masterpiece we are in human form!”
- Parks Realty, located at 415 Main St., will showcase the artwork of some talented children from Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.
- Posh Boutique, located 231 Public Square, will feature Memphis artist Michelle Fair, whose recent series explores memory – ‘pulling out ghosts’.
- Sage Sleep, located at 434 Main St., will display the works of Mattie Wolf, whose artwork is best known for its striking use of contrast and fluid designs.
- Tin Cottage, located at 334 Main St., will showcase Autumn Grant, owner of The Kind Poppy, whose mission is to make the world a kinder place by creating handmade, eco-friendly products.
- Twine Graphics, located at 304 Public Square, will feature artist Vicky DeMaio, who fell in love with the technique of blending color and texture in her art.
- Visit Franklin, located at 400 Main St., #200 will feature artist Hannah Pickering whose work is characterized by abstract textures, geometric design, and detailed botanicals.
The Franklin Art Scene invites lovers of the arts to stop by all participating locations during the evening’s crawl, and the Art Scene trolley is also available for free rides throughout the event. For more information on the Franklin Art Scene, a full list of artists and a map of all featured locations, visit https://www.franklinartscene.com/.