Last Away Show of the Year for Carol Kimmons this Weekend, Dec. 8-9 and the Gallery Holiday Opening Reception December 15.

The weather outside is frightful, but all you brave art-lovin’ fiends come on out to the once a year Holiday Tour in the Sewanee/Monteagle area! TNCraftS_StudioTour_2018_PROOF As Carol’s studio is too far away for the tour, she will be exhibiting at the cozy American Legion Hall in downtown Sewanee, just across the street from The Blue Chair and Shenanigans (both great restaurants), along with 6 other excellent artists.  And you can enjoy touring the adjoining University of the South campus, with its beautiful cathedral modeled after the Notre Dame in Paris and classic architecture with structures built from native stone.

You may also wish to attend Sewanee’s 59th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols which will be celebrated at three services in All Saints’ Chapel, two on Dec. 8 (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and one on Dec. 9 (4 p.m.). All tickets have been reserved. However, walk-up tickets may be available on the day of the service at Convocation Hall. For full details, visit the Lessons and Carols website/.  

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A tour of artists’ studios, galleries and holiday open houses
DATES: Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Member Reception 5:30 pm)
Sunday, December 9, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please note these dates which coordinate with the 2018 Festival of Lessons and Carols in Sewanee.

Carol has just this minute opened her Kiln with her new and unique bird feeders and vases.  We will put pictures on here asap–watch for them.  She also has some new mugs with rather controversial recent political quotes…no more said!  You’ll just have to see them.  These will be at Sewanee tomorrow, Dec. 8, and here at home on Dec. 15, when we will be celebrating our annual Holiday Reception. Holiday Reception Poster R2.jpgPlease join us for fun and great art!

Michelle, Patrick, Johnny and Carol will be here to share their creativity with you, and the trails will be open for hiking, or just wandering alongside the babbling creek and clambering over the limestone rocks.  There is so much to see in our forests in the winter, with the golden birch leaves still clinging to the trees and the forest floor dappled with Little Brown Jug ( also known as Wild Ginger due to its lovely scent), purple orchid leaves gathering solar energy for their blooms next July, Christmas Ferns and Ebony Spleenwort, Ground Pine (a mysterious plant dating back millions of years to the first of the chlorophyll-laden land plants), Green Brier (with leaves and berries to sustain the deer, wintering birds, and turkeys), Crossvine climbing the trees awaiting golden blooms in early spring (ask us why it’s called crossvine), Hepatica hidden in limestone crevices, and our evergreens, including Redcedar, whose berries flavor gin, Shortleaf, White,  and Virginia pines, and Hemlocks (not yet stricken with the dreaded Adelgid).  You may want to gather some of the tiny hemlock cones, which make lovely Holiday decoration.  Don’t know these plants yet?  Try out our Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail, with over 100 plants identified!

Don’t wanna walk?  Well, our warm inviting gallery library will be replete with our own homemade wines, Sequatchie Cove Cheeses, Johnny’s famous fudge, and Carol’s steaming hot spiced muscadine apple cider.  It’s all free and fun for all.


Gallery closed until end of October. Stay tuned to learn about our ongoing events!

This weekend, Oct. 12-14,  Patrick will be in Nashville, at the Tennessee Craft Fall Fair. 

On October 20-21, Carol will be at the 2018 Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair, the 41st annual event .

On October 19-21, Patrick will be at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands at downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.

71stANNIVERSARY  |  JULY 20 – 22  OCTOBER 19 – 21, 2018

Friday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00pm + Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00pm
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street | Downtown Asheville, NC
General Admission, $8.00 and Children under 12 free.




Cross the creek to find original art, made right here by the creek, all at the Winter Gallery and studios located in the magical heart of the Sequatchie Valley, featuring NEW WORK by Carol Kimmons, Patrick Ironwood, and Michelle Kimmons.

 Enjoy a visual feast of art  featuring ceramics, flameworked glass, metal ornaments and sculptures, kaleidoscopes, and paintings, all unique gift ideas.  Watch our artists painting, working glass, and making pottery. Sample local mead, hot spiced cider, and Sequatchie Cove cheeses as you relax in the Gallery library with SVI’s favorite books on the good life–a cozy place to chat with the artists.  Kids welcome!

 While you are here, hike on our marked nature trails and Arboretum, through 350 acres protected by the Land Trust of Tennessee. Dress for adventure!

SVI is located at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN, off Hwy 28 between Dunlap and Whitwell, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga.;  liquidambargallery.SVI; Sequatchie Valley Institute

For more Info, contact: 423-949-5922;

Proceeds from the Gallery help support the educational programs of SVI, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.


Gallery and Trails Open Sat-Sunday Sept. 22-23.

Yes, it will finally be cooling down this weekend, as fall arrives.  Fall art and craft fairs are coming up, and we will be closed on several upcoming weekends, beginning Oct. 6-7 with Carol at the John C. Campbell Fall Festival, near Murphy, NC.  So come check out the art before the shows.  There are ripe muscadines to try out up at the end of the trail, too.  Try out our easy well-marked nature trails!

Gallery and Trails Open This Weekend!

Patrick and Carol will be in their studios at the Gallery producing new works this weekend.  Temperatures will be a bit lower, so it will be good hiking.  There are lots of muscadines ripening at the Moonshadow vineyard, so plan to do some picking and snacking on the trail.  All books will be 50% off.  We have books on natural building, including cob, cooking, fermentation processes, and gardening for children.

Come Enjoy the Green, Green Forest before the leaves begin to fall! Open this Weekend, 10-5 CDT.

We have new art from Patrick, Carol, and Michelle, so come see us, and hike our easy nature trails and Arboretum.  Patrick is away  August 30 – September 3  at the 32nd Annual Dragon Con, Dragon Con and next weekend at Yellow Daisy 50th annual Yellow Daisy Festival September 6-9, 2018 Yellow Daisy Festival voted one of the top arts & crafts shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, and winner of multiple awards by the Southeast Festival and Events Association.

However, if you can’t make it to Atlanta, Patrick still has plenty of his astonishing art work, handmade glass jewelry, and kaleidoscopes in the Gallery.  Carol will be headed out to shows in October, so come by and get a first chance at her new work, including beer mugs with hops vine imprints.

Dr. Ashley has had an excellent health column in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for several years and is now leaving us.  We wanted to share his final comments on his hope for a healthier society.  Look for the full article in the August 31st edition.

*A healthy society should have open spaces for its people to hike, walk, saunter, or just sit reading a book or taking time to watch the sunset.

*A healthy society has compassion for its individual members and a reverence to the Earth that harbors them.

Here at SVI, we hold these truths to be self-evident and endeavor to provide a place for everyone to be a part of a healthy and peaceful life.  Come hike or, if you prefer AC, just sit in our Gallery library and relax or play the old piano!  Home-grown herbal tea is always a possibility.









Gallery, Studios, and Trails Open this Weekend, August 18-19, 10-5pm CDT

Rain is falling, so the creek may be flowing again this weekend!  We have just begun to reorganize the Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail, as a few trees have died, a few new ones established, and Nyssa Hunt, MS UTC, is working with us to put the map of the trail on the web.  The other trails are already mapped and available on our website,  Wear a raincoat and be ready to hike, or just plan to enjoy the Gallery and the rain on the roof.  I’ll be preparing for another firing, and Patrick will soon be back from his trip out West, and there are Asian pears to put up and share if you come by!

In two weeks, Patrick will be headed for Dragon Con and the Yellow Daisy Fair in Atlanta, and Carol’s fall craft shows begin in October, so plan to visit the Gallery while it is open and full of new work.

Gallery and Nature Trails Open this Weekend, August 4-5, 10-5!

Come see us and check out the Gallery with lots of new mugs, including Carol’s special 12 oz beer mugs with impressions of the hops vines growing outside the Gallery!  Patrick’s kaleidoscopes and sculptures can keep you engrossed and astonished.  Michelle’s watercolors will make your dark corners alight with joys.  The giant hemlocks along the quiet Hemlock Grove Trail can bring you peace and “forest bathing”, the best solution for the week’s stresses over work and politics.  And the kids need to get outside as they begin to cope with a new school year.  See you soon!!

Trails and Gallery Open July 28-29–Shiitake Mushrooms available!

Yes, we do have Shiitake mushrooms!  A huge flush on our oak logs just appeared after last week’s rain. They are $9/lb, Saturday only.IMG_4830

Carol just opened the kiln with a lovely firingIMG_0018 — lots of beer mugs with hops vine impressions, pendants, fairy dishes, and more! IMG_0025 Patrick has Kaleidoscopes and his stunning metal art displayed, along with Michelle’s watercolors.  Temps will be cooler and the trails are lovely now with the trees growing madly.  Hemlock Grove Trail is lovely as our stately hemlocks are still healthy.  We will be open from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.

Gallery and Trails Open July 7-8.

We will be open for visitors from 10-5 this weekend, so come on out!  i hope to get a firing in soon.  Patrick has some amazing new work also.  Everyone welcome!