Sally Iva Lightner, Arts & Crafts Class

Sally has always been interested in art and the process involved.  Her love of teaching became evident when she taught pre-school in Ventura CA. Teaching children was the creative spark she needed. Her art projects range from simple bead jewelry, painting, woodworking and wire wrapping.

Sally was born in Northern Kentucky and lived in the area until job opportunity took her to Ventura, California.  She lived and worked in the Ventura area for 25 years.  She took bead jewelry, wire wrapping and silversmith classes. Her passion was realized when she moved to the small community of Solomons Island, MD where her jewelry and wire tree sculptures was admitted to the Annmarie Gardens and Art Center Christmas art show.

Sally now resides in Winchester TN and wants to share her love of creating with the community.

Patricia Ann Underwood

Patricia’s mastery of watercolor is evident in her expressive subject matter, which includes bears, marine life, and the clear crisp Aspen trees of Flagstaff, Arizona where she resided from 1982 until 2002 when she returned to Tennessee.

Patricia was born in Chattanooga and lived there until the age of 18. As a child she was always interested in art.

It was in Arizona where Patricia’s interest in watercolor was sparked after taking an adult education course in the mid 80’s. She knew she was hooked after the first class and continued to learn as much as she could about the medium.

Inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keefe, she enrolled in a class at the renown Ghost Ranch, a conference center located in Abiqui, New Mexico. She offers a watercolor workshop there once a year since 1995 for her Flagstaff students, friends and anyone interested in experiencing the beauty of Ghost Ranch.

Patricia now resides in Cowan. She is a member of the Franklin County Arts Guild and has paintings hanging in the Guild’s Gallery.


L. Jarod Pearson is a Cowan native, civic activist and small business owner. Jarod received his secondary education at St. Andrews - Sewanee, graduating in 1994 with honors in Spanish.

He then studied Foreign Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; majoring in Spanish while also studying Portugese and Political Science, with a minor in Business. Jarod received his Bachelor of Arts in 1999.

Before becoming a full-time small business owner, Jarod worked in foreign study acedemic support and immigration services at the University of the South.


Bruce Gilies has been a blacksmith for over 17 years. He is past president of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths, is a member of ABANA (Artistic Blacksmiths Association North America) and owns the Lynchburg forge. Bruce has taken several classes at John C. Campbell Folk School and spends time there each year working with known blacksmiths from around the country during the JCCFS "Blacksmith Work Week".

Ken Gould has been a blacksmith for 8 years, he is a member of AACB, is news editor for the Lynchburg forge and operates "The Irondovetail" as a side business. Ken has taken several blacksmithing classes and enjoys making 18th century lighting and hearthware. He also does custom work ranging from gazing ball stands, to 10 foot high yard art, coffee tables, wine racks, metal tavern puzzles and other fun things.


Tammy Badilli, Kundalini Yoga teacher

Tammy Badilli, a National Health Educator, KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Energy Healer, Raw Food Chef, Master Esthetician specializing in natural approaches to a healthy body, Feng Shui Specialist, Crystal Healing Educator, and Life Change Specialist will share a wealth of knowledge to support you to tap into the consciousness of who we are, where we are, and what we are ready for. Tammy has studied Nutrition for years expanding her knowledge of the importance of nutrition in your everyday life. For 13 years Tammy owned the first Holistic Day Spa in Alabama, introducing the naturalness of health and beauty.
Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1968. Yogi Bhajan taught that, through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, your glandular and nervous systems are stimulated, and your capacity for creative potential is heightened. You gain inner vitality to compensate for the adverse effects of stress so you can excel in life.

Kundalini Yoga supports you to live your best life ever. Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teaches you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of life.

No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class.


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