We live just south of Nashville, in Franklin, TN.
My wife, Deborah is a fine artist (acrylic with palette knife) of 25+ years and she runs Abide Studio and manages the Artist's Row in historic "The Factory at Franklin". This is a community of working artist studios that have exposure to retail traffic. We opened in 2004 and are still running strong.
Deborah has been a member and patron of AFI and I (Rick) have just joined. Her web site is www.deborahgall.com and the site includes our art show calendar.
I served corporate America for over 25 years (GTE & Verizon Wireless: sales,marketing, general management) and have gladly passed that baton. These days, among other things, I help run our art business, counsel artists in business planning, and enjoy writing about art, art doers & lovers, and creativity in general.
2 years ago we hit the road for art shows and festivals, and while we have made our share of rookie mistakes, we are learning fast and enjoying growing success. And I do mean enjoy...it's a crazy life style and it breeds a sense of adventure & community and feeds my strange sense of humor. It directly led me to begin a blog entitled 'Left Brain on a Gypsy Train', a blended outlet for my own creative energy as well as some practical artbiz bitz now and then. I plan to post some of those articles to AFI when appropriate, so I hope they prove useful.
We look forward to being part of the AFI tribe...to the giving and receiving...'cause life works pretty good that way.