ICAA Chapter News


The Art of the Craft was the Tennessee Chapter’s focus for 2014. The membership enjoyed hands-on presentations in traditional skills such as portraiture, stained glass, woodworking, and stoneworking. 

In spring the chapter spent an evening in the studio of Elizabeth Brandon and Joseph Sulkowski at Marathon Village, former auto manufacturing factory and now Nashville’s most interesting office building. The artists spoke to the chapter members and demonstrated some of their techniques. 

Summer brought an open-house tour of Emmanuel Studio, makers of fine stained glass. Dennis Harmon is the primary artist and designer at Emmanuel Studio and has extensive experience in all aspects of leaded and faceted glass, including restoration and replacement windows for historic cathedrals.

Woodworker Alfred Sharpe gave an informative demonstration and lecture on woodworking in the fall at the home of board member Margaret Dunn. Ms. Dunn and her husband James own Vintage Millworks in Nashville. Mr. Sharpe specializes in period furniture and was the 2008 winner of the Cartouche award, the Society of American Period Furniture Makers’ highest honor. He works from his shop in Woodbury, TN.

In November the Chapter will hold its fifth Annual Meeting in Nashville. The event will bring together designers and tradespeople from all parts of the state to hear lectures and learn from presentations on the Art of the Craft.

The Art of the Craft is the Tennessee Chapter’s theme for 2014. Photo by Chris Eller.

The studio of Elizabeth Brandon and Joseph Sulkowski. Photo by Chris Eller.

The studio of Elizabeth Brandon and Joseph Sulkowski. Photo by Chris Eller.

Joseph Sulkowski speaks to the chapter. Photo by Chris Eller.

Elizabeth Brandon and Joseph Sulkowski speak to the chapter. Photo by Chris Eller.

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Past Events

The Chapter began the year 2013 with a booth at the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show, a well-attended event that gave our chapter high visibility.

Also in February, Kenny & Company, a local representative of Waterworks and Toto entertained us with a social gathering and introduction to many of their products.

In March we toured the historic Grand Lodge of the Masons in downtown Nashville. This 1925 building was originally built as a Scottish Rites temple. It features a proscenium stage with full-height fly curtains, many of which date back to the lodge's construction. 

Later in the spring we partnered with the Southeast Chapter to hear Wright Marshall speak on E. E. Dougherty, an architect important to both Nashville and Atlanta. E. E. Dougherty designed important residences in both cities, as well as the Druid Hills Country Club in Atlanta and the Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville. While residing in Nashville, he designed the War Memorial Building as well as other projects with McKim, Mead and White. 

May brought us to a social gathering in the studio of artist Ed Nash in the trendy East Nashville district.

The last event of 2013 hosted by our group was the Annual Meeting, A Celebration of Palladio, beginning at the residence of members Glenda and David Emery in their magnificent new Federal home designed by Ken Tate, with interiors by David W. White. We met at the residence of Won Choi in what was the National Bank of Atlanta Building in downtown Nashville. After a “Tuscan” lunch, member Dr. Michael Spalding gave an informal lecture on his Italian travels, the inspiration behind his Palladian villa where he and designer Mary Spalding now reside. Next on the docket was a fascinating, informative, and entertaining lecture on the works of Palladio by Senior Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Calder Loth. Our past president Brent Baldwin served up espresso and his home-roasted coffee, followed by the viewing of the lush movie version of  “Don Giovanni” set in Vicenza in Villa Rotunda and Basilica Palladiana. The opera was introduced by member Mary Follin’s husband Chris Simonsen, operatic tenor.

Special thanks to Susan Hager, Gavin Duke, and Margaret Dunn, the brain trust behind our fantastic annual meeting, and to Chris Eller, who handled the communications.

Chapter Officers and present Board members:

David W. White, Interior Designer, President

Gavin Duke, Landscape Architect, Vice President

Susan Hager, Architect, Secretary

Margaret Dunn, Vintage Millworks, Treasurer

Brent Baldwin, Marketing Consultant, Past President

Nashville Masonic Lodge - David White and Brent Baldwin in the historic restroom.

Nashville Masonic Lodge Tennessee Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, 2013.

Nashville Masonic Lodge architect Curtis Lesh explains the fly drape system in the Proscenium stage.

Nashville Masonic Lodge Tennessee Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, 2013

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