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Connie Steele - Bead Artist on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Connie Steele – Bead Artist

Sparta, TN

When Connie Steele met her husband she had no idea she'd fall in love with something he did for fun. He was a Mountain Man re-enactor. Connie decided to join in but realized it was difficult to get the proper bead work on the attire do she started beading her own items. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Connie Steele - Bead Artist from Sparta, TN.


Ben Caldwell - Metalsmith on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Ben Caldwell – Metalsmith

Nolensville, TN

Making a living as an artist isn't always easy. The artist you're about to meet struggled for years, that is until he learned a centuries old method of metalsmithing. And as Tennessee Crossroads found out, Ben Caldwell's artistic future is now as bright as the copper and silver he works with. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Ben Caldwell - Metalsmith, in Nolensville, TN.


Banjo Picker on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Banjo Picker

Hendersonville, TN

The unmistakable sound of traditional banjo picking can quickly take you back to the times of Uncle Dave Macon and Grandpa Jones. There's a banjo picker in West Tennessee wanting to carry on that musical tradition and as Tennessee Crossroads discovered, he's got some very personal reasons for wanting to do so. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Philip Steinmetz - Banjo Picker.


Melanie Guion - Shoe Artist on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Melanie Guion – Shoe Artist

Nashville, TN

Hurricane Katrina caused hundreds of people to flee New Orleans, LA and the gulf coast. Many of those displaced settled in Tennessee. One woman who fled the storm decided Nashville would be a wonderful place to continue her artwork. Tennessee Crossroads shows us this artist is starting over in Music City with her husband, her son and her shoes. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Melanie Guion - Shoe Artist.


Kem Alexander - Concrete Artist on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Kem Alexander – Concrete Artist

Chattanooga, TN

It's hard to imagine a piece of highway, a concrete slab, as a beautiful piece of artwork. But one Chattanooga, TN woman has taken the rough and coarse cement and made some very uncommon concrete. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Kem Alexander - Concrete Artist.


Artistic Judge on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Artistic Judge

McMinnville, TN

Becoming an artist doesn't necessarily mean you have to invest in expensive supplies or even art lessons. Charles Haston began painting at the tender age of 55, with brushes from Walmart, and never looked back. Tennessee Crossroads traveled to McMinville, TN to meet the man known there as "The Artistic Judge".


Twisted Sisters on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Twisted Sisters

Nashville, TN

Sometimes working with family can put a strain on the relationship, but for two sisters in West Nashville, working together has enhanced their artistry and creativity. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the The Twisted Sisters in Nashville, TN.


Crafters of Tennessee

Crafters of Tennessee, Old Hickory

Old Hickory, TN

With music being such an integral part of Tennessee's landscape, it's no surprise many guitars and banjos are built in the state. Celebrities like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and John Fogerty have had some of their stringed instruments custom built in Old Hickory, TN. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Crafters of Tennessee - Old Hickory.


Wooden Hats on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Wooden Hats

Somerset, KY

If you're an artist, it's often not what medium you use or how good you are that garners attention. Sometimes it's what you make with your talent-the subject matter. Case in point the Somerset, Kentucky wood turner Tennessee Crossroads met. He makes much of the traditional pieces, but you gotta tip your hat to his main attraction. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Wooden Hats.