Gallery and Trails Open Mar 9-10-Wildflowers Along Trail

Yes, despite the cold spell, the wildflowers are beginning to appear. Come and see them–even if you have to wear a raincoat and boots! Carol will be glad to give you an introduction to these fabulous native ephemerals on a short walk along the creek. Ephemeral means they don’t last long–so come check the earliest ones out. The Gallery will be open with plenty of lovely art.

We will be closed next Saturday, March 16, as Carol and Johnny will be at the Plant Natives Symposium at the UTC student center, talking to people about Sequatchie Valley Institute, our Spring Wildflower Hikes, and the Gallery, as well as selling art with native plant themes.


Come Quick! It’s Not Raining or Snowing Today!

Yes, we are open this weekend. You will need to park at the road and walk across the roaring Hick’s Creek on our lovely bridge to get to the Gallery and the Trails which are all available. Currently cleaning up the Arboretum Trail from the winter leaves but it is still OK.

There is a map of the Arboretum Trail on the Sequatchie Valley Institute website, along with Maps of the Kodai Trail and Hemlock Grove Trail. If you walk slowly, you will discover the earliest native wildflowers peeking out of the leaves with their blooms just opening.

The Gallery continues to have fabulous art, both functional and decorative, for purchase. You’ll find the mysterious and unique work by Patrick Ironwood, including his astonishing kaleidoscopes. You will also find functional pottery, botanical wall hangings, and bird feeders by Carol Kimmons and Appalachia-inspired paintings by Michelle Kimmons.

Wildflower Hikes are coming up soon, on March 30, April 6 and 13. More information on this is upcoming. Watch the Sequatchie Valley Institute Facebook page for updated information on times, etc. Carol will show her pottery that is based on our native plants at the Plant Natives 2019 Symposium at the University Center, UTC on March 16.

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, 2019
University Center, University of Chattanooga

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones presents its eighth annual Plant Natives 2019! weekend of activities.  The theme for the weekend of events is “Partnering with Nature.”

The free Native Plant Marketplace & Expo on Saturday offers the opportunity to purchase native plants from four different regional nurseries.  Other interesting vendors and related organizations will also be present at the Expo.

Gallery and Trails Open Feb. 16-17, 11-4pm Central Time

Carol and Johnny are back from their adventures in warm and beautiful Puerto Rico, and they are ready to dive back into art, trails, building, gardening, and general sustainable living! So come out and see us before the Great Floods next week keep us all inside.

The creek is flowing beautifully and the gallery is full of fabulous art, from functional pottery to kaleidoscopes, books on sustainable living, and paintings.

We will be open all weekends through spring. Watch for the dates for the spring wildflower hikes, our next major event. Tentative dates are March 30 and April 13.

Gallery and Trails Open Today and Sunday, Jan. 5-6.

We are open for the new year most weekends, from 11-4 Central Time. This is the time to enjoy the creek and the forests without the little biters and poison ivy! Our art selection is excellent, so plan to make the beautiful drive over the mountain to this exquisite rural valley and find peace in our quiet woodlands.

Gallery closed this weekend, Dec. 29-30. Trails and Gallery reopen Jan. 5-6.

The mysterious art of Patrick Ironwood will be on full display when we reopen, and the trails are now clear of leaves. We expect good weather and the creek will be running nicely.

Patrick at work in his studio. Come visit him and learn how he makes his kaleidoscopes and sculptures.

Open till Christmas!

But call/contact us for times before coming out. We are here today and will probably be around all weekend, when we expect better weather, with sunshine on Saturday. With all this rain, the creek will be running strongly along the Hemlock Grove Trail.

Patrick Ironwood will be at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia this Friday-Sunday, so visit him there to experience his eerie and spectacular art. You are sure to find the perfect gift for that special person.

Christmas Market
Lower Level of the North Point Mall
8am – 8pm, Friday Dec 21 – Sunday Dec 23

Come out for a weekend of shopping, food and great Christmas fun. Visit with unique artists with great gift ideas.

Are You Ready for Christmas?

If you missed the Holiday Reception, Liquidambar Gallery will be open off-and-on ’til Christmas, along with the trails. Message Carol Kimmons or Patrick Ironwood to find out specific times. We’d love to see you!

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!

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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.

Upcoming EventS

Sewanee, TN

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. Please join us for fun and great art!

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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.  The annual Holiday Reception at Liquidambar Art Gallery is a free event and is fun for all!

Happy Holidays!

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 Fall TeNNESSEE CRAFT Fair.

On October 20-21, Carol will be at the 2018 41ST ANNUAL Ketner’s Mill Country Arts FaiR 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, flame-worked 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 S.V.I.’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!

S.V.I. can be found at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN, off Hwy 28 between Dunlap and Whitwell, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga.


For more Info, please do contact us.

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