Watercolor Artists of Gatlinburg
It was the year 1937 that local craftsmen got together and established the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Open year ’round, this 8-mile loop is now known as the Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. At Ridgecrest Cabin Rentals, we’re fortunate to have several cabins right inside this community that are sure to help you have one of the most authentic experiences inside the Smoky Mountains. That experience should also include seeing some of the most interesting pieces in the community created by amazing watercolor artists.
A. Jann Peitso, ART!
Are you a football fan? Don’t drive pass the gallery of A. Jann Peitso, ART! Jann’s watercolor paintings bring through your hometown pride with her watercolor series known as “States and College Towns.” You’ll be delighted by her focus on traditions, hangouts, and details of unusual facts. Jann is likely best known for her watercolor characters Gussie Mae and Bootsie. Gussie Mae is a beautifully painted flamingo that depicts a modern-day woman who, in spite of a crazy world, survives and looks good doing it! Bootsie is ‘everyone’s angel,’ that friend we all have and love. She offers good advice, has an extra bed to sleep in, an extra seat at the dinner table and a hug for all. Check out Jann’s website for directions to the art gallery on Glades Road so that you can meet Gussie Mae, Bootsie, and Jann too! 865.436.2363
Andrea Wilson Artist
Andrea’s art includes original watercolors, etchings, and monotype. Her self admitted passion is botanical art. Andrea was most recently named the 2014 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year. She was chosen for her “Morel” watercolor on vellum (calfskin). This painting will be printed on the 2014 brochures and marketing merchandise, and featured as a solo exhibit in the Loggia Gallery of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Visit Andrea’s gallery at the corner of Glades and Buckhorn roads in Hemlock Village, or visit her website for a schedule of upcoming shows and to purchase art online. 865.325.8146
The Artist Attic
Linda Morrow at The Artist Attic creates amazing watercolor landscapes that bring scenic Smoky Mountain views to life. Her watercolor and oil paintings compliment and capture the heritage of the Appalachians. Each piece is vibrant in color and the stroke of her brush leaves no line or shadow to question. When you purchase Linda’s artwork and hang in your own home, it will bring back memories of your time in the Smokies. You’ll find her art studio on Glades Road, between Powdermill and Valley Road. Have a sneak peek online! 865.430.5777
G, has been painting since he was ten and has cultivated an amazing ability to capture Gatlinburg’s seasons and the Smoky Mountain Black Bear on canvas. G. uses water color to paint black bear in their natural habitat and generously donates a portion of his proceeds from specific paintings to the Appalachian Bear Rescue. In the gallery located at 795 Buckhorn Road, you can see his original watercolor paintings, Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) prints and limited edition Lithographs. There are also books and gifts featuring G.’s works of art along with original paintings by his daughter Cami. To find out which prints support the bear rescue and to contact G (yes, that’s his full name), his visit his website.
Louise Bales at Cliff Dwellers
A visit to the Cliff Dwellers Gallery at 668 Glades Road will have you falling in love with watercolor paintings. Louise paints with a beautiful blending of vibrant colors, showcasing Smoky Mountains’ birds, scenery, churches and wildflowers. Louise takes her talent as far as creating artwork inside gourds! Call 865.436.6921 for limited gallery hours.
A visit to Gatlinburg isn’t complete without touring the Arts and Crafts Community and meeting the unique artist that’s behind each door. We know you’ll enjoy the art as much as your stay in any of our cabins! (Click here to allow us to introduce you to oil painting artists too!)