Lovely Weather for Hiking Today! Open Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 pm Central Time

And lots of new stuff in the gallery. We will be closing the gallery on the 29th for our Fall craft shows, reopening for the Holiday Reception on Dec. 14, so if you are looking for some fabulous art made by local artists in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley, come to see us this weekend or next. It’s also a great time for hiking, as the temperatures are finally below the 90’s! The Glade is full of flowers now, goldenrod, lobelia, ageratum, and more, attracting out valuable pollinators and birds. Lots of muscadines are hanging on the vines in our vineyard, and are free for the picking as we have already put up over 35 qts of juice and more jam. Although we will be closing in 2 weeks, you may also give us a call if you want to come by another time for a hike or visit and we may be able to arrange it. Michelle’s paintings and our books will still be available, along with a selection of Patrick’s kaleidoscopes and Carol’s unique pieces. You will enjoy the autumn forest and the arboretum as the leaves begin to change.

Gallery and Trails Open September 7-8, 10-5pm

We are a bit piled up at the Gallery right now, with Patrick just back from a successful and fun weekend at DragonCon in Atlanta, and Carol and Johnny preparing to go to the Native Plants Symposium at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, with our stock of lovely tiles and functional ware impressed with the native plants from our forest and fields. However, we still have lots of lovely work in the gallery, including the pieces that just came from the last kiln firing in preparation for the Native Plants show, as well as a new batch of beer mugs decorated with hops vines. We won’t pack them till Monday, just so you will have a chance to grab your favorite this weekend.

We want to show you part of the process for producing the tiles.

Gallery and Trails Open Saturday and Sunday August 31-September 1.

We just opened a kiln load with beautiful results!

Loading the kiln last week.
Johnny’s puzzle!
A beautiful firing with mugs galore! And with impressions from our summer forests and fields.
Still warm from the kiln. Get ’em while they are hot!
Tiles, dishes, pendants , and spoons.
Johnny is busy now fitting the tiles onto beautiful wood framing.

Time to get some great art along with outdoor exercise and forest relaxation on our Nature Trails, so drop by this weekend. Let us know if you want to come by on Labor Day, otherwise we will be closed. Call or text Carol at 404 698 5444. We will be closing the Gallery and Nature Trails in October for our Fall Art shows, so be sure to come see us soon while we have everything on display. We will reopen for our Holiday Reception in December.

Open this Weekend August 17-18!

We will be busy glazing for a firing, but we have lots of pottery, paintings, and Patrick’s amazing sculptures and kaleidoscopes in the gallery. We will have icy herbal tea available for visitors. The easy trails are open for hiking. Guides to the trails are available online at, with printed copies here at the gallery. We provide bamboo hiking poles as well as insect repellent! So come watch the glazing process or just hang out in the cool gallery. The library has lots of great books and magazines to enjoy. Come on, y’all and bring the kids and dogs (on leash, please), and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the trail. Be prepared for forest trails, so wear good hiking shoes and jeans.

by Carol
Sculpture by Patrick.

Yes, we are open this weekend.

Consensus was reached this week to put off our wood kiln firing until the weather improves! That will happen much later, in fact, the 2nd weekend of Oct. We will keep you posted. In the meanwhile, the gallery is open and so are our lovely nature trails. So come see our newest treasures, in our sweet and COOL hideaway. The artists are working hard all weekend to produce more! Don’t forget, the gallery is open most weekends. Check here, or give us a call for more information.

Nature Trails and Gallery Open This Weekend, June 29-30, 10 am to 5 pm Central Time.

Plan to come out and take a stroll along our easy well-marked trails this lovely hot weekend. Then enjoy the cool relaxing gallery with an iced drink. We are planning a Wood Firing July 12-14, so the Gallery won’t be open that weekend as we will be busy shoving wood. Call for more information. 404 698 5444

Open June 8-9 Come Rain or Come Shine!

Well, we needed the rain! Unfortunately, SVI has decided to cancel the Saturday Food for Life, due to the expected heavy rainfall. But we will still have the gallery open, and of course, the trails will be available for those brave souls with a raincoat or umbrella! And it is dry and cool inside the Gallery, which is overflowing with lovely art–perhaps Dad would like a mug or a kaleidoscope for Father’s Day. Come see what we’ve got on display and pick out a perfect gift. We’ll be waiting for you across the creek at the door.

Liquidambar Art Gallery and Sequatchie Valley Institute Nature Trails Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 10-5 Central Time

Trails and Gallery will be open all weekend, so have a quiet Memorial Day here in the forest, no traffic, just the trees and the art. The woods are spectacular now, fully dressed in their summer best. The rainfall has given us large and elegant leaves, forest flowers, butterflies, and nesting birds. We listen to the symphony of bird calls in the morning and frogs in the evening, along with the wind in the swaying trees. Sadly, the creek is no longer flowing as the trees have sucked up all the water, but the trails are still beautiful. Come and see us and find peace along the trails.

Coming up soon is our annual Food for Life program. This year sees a shorter single day program based on vegan foods on June 8. Tickets are on sale now! See for more information.

Food for Life – Vegan Edition

Going vegan is not by any means the only way to health, though many do find benefit. If you are curious to learn more about this lifestyle (or if you just wish to enjoy a full meal and wonderful company in a nature reserve), then come on out and join us on June 8!

A hearty meal will be provided that will include locally-sourced ingredients from here in the Sequatchie Valley and from Hamilton County.

There will also be a Vegan Chili Contest, so bring your best creation for your chance to win a prize!

Follow the link below and register online to snag an Early Bird discount on your ticket!…

Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day!

… and what better way to celebrate than a forest walk through the protected woods and nature trails of Sequatchie Valley Institute! The Gallery can also provide unique presents for your wonderful mother. There is no charge to drop by and visit, walk on the trails, and have a picnic by the creek.

All mothers (and fathers too) get a lovely glass of Patrick’s homemade wine to celebrate.

Lots of fabulous art, all made locally by S.V.I. staff and friends, is there to look at and possibly find that perfect piece to give a special someone or take home. Carol and Patrick are both busy making new pieces daily, so feel free to come by and see how it’s done.

Open 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.