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Town Framery relocates to Farragut


A touch of art has come to an old fire hall in west Farragut.

The Town Framery, formerly, The Mary Wilbourn Gallery, Highway 321 in Lenoir City, has relocated to the former Rural/Metro fire hall at 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut.


Owner Debi Tuttle said this has been an exciting time and she is glad to be “somewhat settled” in her new gallery. Tuttle’s mother, artist Mary Wilbourn, will display her work at the gallery. Other featured artists include Robert A. Tino, Mitchell Tolle and Joe Trout.

Wilbourn, who her daughter says never took an art class and is naturally talented, began selling her paintings in 1989 on a floating structure next to Calhoun’s on the River in Lenoir City.

“Mom sold her paintings on a seasonal basis on the river,” she said. “She also traveled to arts and crafts shows in Virginia and North and South Carolina.”

Wilbourn typically paints florals and birds in the watercolor medium but will do occasional oil on canvas. After Wilbourn opened a shop in Lenoir City in 1996, daughter, Debi, came on board to help manage the business side of the gallery. She also bought and sold merchandise and did custom framing.

“Mom really enjoys being with the people,” Tuttle said. “So I took care of the business side” Earlier this year, Debi’s husband, Mark, learned that his job was being transferred to Nashville.

“Mom didn’t want to continue running the shop with us moving to Nashville, so we closed the Lenoir City gallery in March.”

The situation changed over the summer and the relocation did not come to fruition. Debi said she and her husband are “huge Tennessee [Volunteer] fans” and they were glad to stay in Knoxville.

The Tuttles decided to reopen the gallery and a fast-paced search for a location began. After settling on the freestanding Kingston Pike location, the Tuttles had about two months to remodel and open for business.

“We were definitely on a fast track here,” Tuttle said. “The shop is a work in progress.”

The more than 2,000-square-foot shop has separate rooms displaying paintings, metal wall art, crafts, candles and one-of-a- kind wind chimes.

“We feature many local artists and when we can’t find merchandise locally, we try to purchase pieces made in the [United States],” Tuttle said.

The gallery also has an extensive custom framing and matting area. Tuttle said she enjoys working with her customers to help them achieve the exact look they desire.

The Town Framery also features Broyles Renderings, Wedding and Family Portraits. Photographer Michael Broyles is from Loudon County. Broyles does on-sight portraits, sells fine art pictures and fashions portraits on slate through a laser etching process.

The Town Framery has Internet capability, allowing the customer to search the Web in order to find exactly what fits their needs.

“There are thousands of galleries out there, but we feel that we are unique because our customers really matter to us,” Tuttle said.

A Fall Open House was held at the old fire hall Saturday, Oct. 30. “We have had two open houses a year,” Tuttle said. “Everyone looks forward to my husband’s special hors d’ oeuvres.”

She added, “This is an incredible opportunity for us, we’re thrilled to be here.”

The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call Debi at 671-6627.

 

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