Leanne McQueen is the owner of Studio 212 and a working potter living in Downtown Maryville, Tennessee with her family Mike and Ollie. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee in Ceramics and is an active advocate for the arts in East TN. Her work can be see all over the Southeast, including her newest line of wares that was designed for Blackberry Farms.
Allison Basham Payne is an oil painter from Naples, FL who recently settled in TN with her husband in 2017. She has a B.S. in Communications where she double-majored in Studio Arts and Motion Pictures. Allison has painted portraits and landscapes and has been an art educator in summer art camps for students of all ages, as well as special needs classes since 2011. Allison's paintings often carry influences from her work in film, mainly through their elements of depth, lighting and subjects that seemingly tell a story.
Alyson Cannon grew up in East Tennessee to a family rooted in the Appalachian region and its rich history. It is important to her that this history and the memory of its people are expressed through her work. She loves using texture and layers to create a feeling of richness and character. It creates dimension and gives richness to her art. She strives for each layer to tell a story and appeal to a memory. She finds great joy in sharing her art with others.
Jessica Bledsoe graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2007 with a BFA in Ceramics and Drawing and a minor in Art History. In 2008 she graduated with her Masters in Education. She has taught for 10 years in the Knox County School District, the last 6 of which have been at Gibbs High School. Here she teaches the 3 dimensional arts program, with a focus in Ceramics.
Vickie Kallies Lee has earned BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in painting. She does watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings. She showcases her work locally including a show of her paintings in the Maryville Tomato Head Restaurant in March of 2011. Her themes are often a marriage of memory and imagination. Vickie moved to Maryville in 2002 and is a substitute art teacher in the Maryville Public Schools. Before moving here from East Washington State, she taught private art classes for 15 years. She is originally from Wisconsin.
Stacey Austin Heil has been painting for 15 years and is an active participant in the local Maryville and Knoxville art scene. She had enjoyed numerous awards and has been highlighted in several publications. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee for Graphic Design. Stacey is a Tipsy Brush acrylic painting instructor and lives in Maryville, TN with her 14 year old son Logan.
Hannah Harper attended ETSU where she earned her BA in studio art with an emphasis in painting. Hannah then returned to her hometown in Maryville, TN, where she manages the production of McQueen pottery and teaches the teen oil class. Her work addresses concepts of the unknown, the subconscious, and the human perception of time and memory, often using water as a symbol. Although Hannah primarily works in oils, she enjoys creating with a variety of materials.