• Upcoming Exhibitions

    Tennessee Craft: A Statewide Member Exhibition, at The Customs House, Clarksville, TN
    September 1-October 23, 2023
    This juried group exhibition features artists who are members of Tennessee Craft. There will be a reception open to the public, September 14 from 5-7pm CDT.

  • Upcoming Workshops

    2023 Workshops

    Garment Sewing for Beginners Fridays, August 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10:30-1:00, at Textile Fabrics, 471 Craighead St. Nashville, TN 37204
    Experience the joy of learning to sew your own clothes! This six-week class is for absolute beginners, who are brand new to sewing, or those who have sewn before, and want to gain confidence in using a sewing machine. Students will make their own pair of pants or pajama pants with pockets and an elastic waistband, and a simple top. We'll be using patterns from 100 Acts of Sewing, Pants No. 1 and Top No. 1. These patterns can be purchased at Textile Fabrics, where the class will be held. Here are some of the fun and valuable skills that are covered in this workshop:
    Students will learn to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, and stitch together layers of fabric.
    Students will learn to read a pattern, trace a pattern and cut fabric to size.
    Students will learn to measure themselves and alter the pattern for a better fit.
    Students will learn to lengthen or shorten a pattern.
    Students will learn how to create elastic waist bands, add pockets, bias binding, and hems.

    Tuition is $250 and will meet at Textile Fabrics for six consecutive Fridays. Class size is limited to six people. Students will need to provide their own sewing machines, supplies, patterns, and fabric. Payment is due at the time of registration. Venmo, PayPal, cash, or check are all accepted.

    For questions or to register, email me at lesleypatterson@bellsouth.net

    Intermediate Sewing: Choose Your Own Project Six consecutive Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, September 21-October 26
    Watkins Community Education, located at Belmont University, Nashville, TN
    In this course, students will choose their own projects based on their skills level. In this guided setting, Lesley will give demonstrations on sewing techniques as needed and will help students with problem solving. Students will also experience the enjoyment and inspiration of seeing what others are working on, be it their own clothes, home décor projects, or unfinished projects. This course is appropriate for students with some prior sewing experience. Students should bring their own sewing machine; a suggested supply list will be provided.
    Register Here

    Introduction to SoulCollage® October 14, or December 3, 10am-4pm, at Art & Soul, Nashville, TN
    Through a playful creative process, make your own cards that have the potential to connect you to self-discovery and provide personal guidance. Trained SoulCollage® facilitator Lesley Patterson-Marx will guide you in this expressive collage art practice wherein images and glue are transformed into your own deck of 5”x8” cards infused with personal meaning that can help you navigate life’s questions. You don’t have to be an artist to make these wonderful cards in this introduction to a process that is both powerful and a lot of fun.
    Register for October 14 Here
    Register for December 3 Here

    Soul Collage Guided Studio, at Art & Soul, Nashville, TN, offered July 12, August 2, September 13, October 4, November 1, and December 6.
    The "Introduction to SoulCollage®" workshop, or previous experience with SoulCollage® is a prerequisite.
    You’ve experienced the playful creative process of making your own cards for self-discovery and personal guidance. Now dive deeper into your SoulCollage® practice with trained SoulCollage® facilitator Lesley Patterson-Marx. Lesley will guide you into new card-making themes and learning topics based on the process at each guided studio as you make and share your cards in a supportive community. Register Here

    Junk Journal Joy, at Art & Soul, Nashville, TN, November 4, 10am-4pm
    Imagine making your own beautiful journal from every kind of recycled paper you have on hand. In this one day workshop, you’ll make a one-of-a–kind, small hand-bound book from a variety of recycled materials. Transform vintage magazines, maps, old photos, scraps of fabric, and more into a mixed media artist’s book that you’re sure to treasure. Your beautiful book will include envelopes and secret compartments to hold special mementos.
    Register Here