Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Learn more about the instructors at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center.


Eleanor Aldrich
Drawing, Painting, Fibers and Special Topics 

Eleanor Aldrich was born in Springerville, Arizona. A participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she also holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she occasionally teaches Painting and Drawing courses. She earned her BFA in Painting & Drawing through the Academie Minerva (Groningen, the Netherlands) and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. She was a participant in the Drawing Center’s first Open Sessions, and her work has been included in New American Paintings and on, as well as in several national and international shows. She is a founding member of the Vacuum Shop studios in Knoxville, and a member of C for Courtside - an artist run gallery in town. 

Alex Bonner
Drawing, Block Printing, Computer Arts

I have been drawing since I was a child. A pleasure instilled in me by my father and grandmother. I carried this with me into adulthood, choosing to study design in college at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. I now work as a graphic designer here in Knoxville. This dual interest in art and design has lead me to develop skills in digital design software, as well as explore traditional media. I am intensely into our natural world, sci-fi & fantasy, folklore, cooking, and outdoor recreation, and I seek to constantly incorporate these things into my artwork.

Diann Bishop
Painting Techniques, Watercolor Painting

Diann Lewis-Bishop was born in West Virginia and attended the Art Center College of Design of California and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Diann is a nationally recognized artist with work encompassing various media and a myriad of subject matter including murals and portraits.  Her work is in public and private collections and has won honors and awards. Most notably, she was the only artist from Tennessee to have two pieces chosen for the J. Richeson School of Art & Gallery a Division of Jack Richeson & Co. Art Materials. She has one painting in the published book and one that was chosen for the exhibit. Diann currently resides in Maryville, Tennessee where she has combined her extensive training and skill with her love of teaching. Diann currently teaches art classes for both adults and children at several locations in East Tennessee including Fine Arts Blount, Oak Ridge Art Center, University of Tennessee and Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center.

Rebecca J. Buglio

Bio coming soon!

Sara Riley Douglas 
Printmaking, Textiles, Dyeing Techniques

Sara Riley Douglas currently lives and works Knoxville, TN. After transplanting from Chicago, where Sara received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014), she found her home in South Knoxville. Sara is primarily a printmaker, with a background in painting. While still practicing all forms of printmaking, Douglas has also branched out into studying the art of natural dye. This includes growing and processing her own floral dyes and indigo from her own backyard! Sara teaches classes at KAFCC that include printmaking, dyeing with Indigo and natural dyes, and lap loom weaving.

Betty Fortenberry
Acrylics & Oils

Bio coming soon!

Annamaria Gundlach

Bio coming soon!

Jon Hendricks
Youth Art Classes, Summer Camps 

Jon Hendricks is a mixed media/installation artist. His pieces consist of light & shadow installations, mixed media paintings, and found object encaustic sculptures. He currently lives in Knoxville with his wife Amanda, kitties and dog Beaker. Hendricks has been creating and teaching art for over two decades. His passion for art has led him to create art programming that specializes in a wide range of classes for diverse ages, backgrounds, and artistic abilities. 

Amanda Humphreys 
Clay, Surface Decoration

Amanda is a Knoxville native who makes functional, whimsical pottery. She completed her BA in Studio Arts in 2005 at the University of Tennessee. Following her new found love of clay she attended Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC for their Professional Crafts Program. She graduated in 2009 receiving honors and earning an Award of Distinction for her body of work. From there she became a Two-Year Resident at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. there she helped maintain the center, assisted week long Summer workshops and participated in the Southern Highland Guild show with fellow residents. She currently works at the Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center as a Studio Assistant and Instructor. She also teaches at Mighty Mud. You may see her work in town at RALA and other local pop-up shows and Farmers Markets.

Mirrah Johnson
Textiles, Dyeing Techniques 

Mirrah Johnson is an artist and educator from Tennessee.  She dyes, sews and weaves, working with natural fibers and dyes.  In 2017, she completed her B.F.A. in fibers at the Appalachian Center for Craft, where she was able to learn skills in several craft disciplines including metals and woodworking.  She has worked as an intern at Penland School, seamstress, and teacher since earning her degree.  Currently, she is preparing to start a business selling wearable and functional textiles, making fine art, and teaching classes.  She has been Fiber Artist in Residence at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, and her work is currently on show at the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, as a part of Deliberate Works.

Sandy Larson
Ballet & Belly Dance

Bio coming soon!

Peter Rose
Advanced Pottery

Bio coming soon!

Kelly Sullivan
Clay, Printmaking, Textiles, Kids Classes, Camps

Kelly graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in Studio Art, concentration in Printmaking but considers herself to be a Mixed Media artist. She has lived in South Florida, Atlanta, Syracuse, New York and currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. Regardless of where she lives she finds a community where she can make art, learn new processes and teach what she is most passionate about. Kelly moved to East Tennessee to follow a dream and work at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts where she worked for two and a half years, and still teaches Community Classes . Kelly is currently the director of Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center where she enjoys creating programming, teaching and learning in the community she lives in.

Colleen Thornbrough

Kids Classes 

Bio coming soon!