5 Local Female Artists You Should Know About – Just in Time for the Holidays

I’m hoping to keep most of my gift giving local this year. I love Nashville makers and independent stores…and I love supporting our city’s creative community, especially during the holiday season. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several local Nashville female artists in the past years all of whom create unique, affordable and amazing work. Several have become good friends so I’m excited to support them and share them with you.

5 Local Female Artists You Should Know

Below, are five of my favorites with a little information about their lives and where you can find their work (a couple will do custom projects too – so hurry for holiday gift giving!). Please consider supporting these amazing women during this holiday season (I was not given any compensation from the artists or sellers for this post – they are all simply local women creatives whom I adore and support – and I hope you will too).

Local Female Artists You Should Know:

Cindy Wuncsh Bowen, Studio Be

Cindy Wunsch

Cindy and I met in graduate school many moons ago and I’ve watched her art career grow and flourish ever since. Cindy owns an art studio on Charlotte Ave where my girls have attended art camps and we have hosted art birthday parties as well (contact Cindy for more information on camps and parties). Her artwork is colorful and inspiring – much like her personality.

Where to find her work:
A Thousand Faces in Hillsboro Village. Cindy is hosting an artist Holiday Market on December 2 & 3 in her studio at 4908B Charlotte Avenue where dozens of artists will be selling a variety of handmade gifts – including some of Cindy’s work.

Fun Fact about Cindy:
Cindy’s father, Roy W. Wunsch (former CBS Nashville record label head) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Cindy now works with him through art to connect and care for her father. It is a beautiful relationship and practice for them both. You can see his work on the cover of Music Row January 2016 Next Big Thing print issue and follow her Facebook page to see when she hosts art shows of her father’s work.

Holley Maher, Wink Wink Paper Co.

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I met Holley a few months ago at a local artist pop-up and fell in love with her prints. I proudly own the Nashville city print (pictured) and also love her line of wrapping paper. She also creates incredible custom portraits – one of these days I will ask her to do a custom portrait of my husband and me!

Where to find her work:
Abednego Boutique, Apple and Oak, A Village of Flowers, Batch Nashville & Kore. She will also have an open studio on Small Business Saturday, Nov 26th at 100 Taylor St. and a booth at Porter Flea Holiday Market in December.

Fun Fact about Holley:
“I’m really handy and like to build the things I can’t find out in the market. I spend a lot of time in Home Depot (looking largely out of place with my curly bob, lipstick, and colorful sweaters) and I find using a power drill abnormally exciting.”

Bekah Wertz, High Fancy Paper

High Fancy Paper

Bekah has a fun creative personality and I was drawn to her work when I saw her “We Go Together Like Johnny And June” card (pictured) because my youngest daughter’s name is June (and her uncle and godfather is John). Her Nashville neighborhood map is swoon worthy as is her generous and creative approach to life.

Where to find her work:
White’s Mercantile (12 South & Franklin), Sisters of Nature, Scout’s Barbershop (West), Born in the N.A.S.H. and Linen and Rust (Arrington). She will also have a booth at the Porter Flea Holiday Market in December.

Fun Fact about Bekah:
“I share a birthday with my older sister, Abbie. We’re 3 years apart to the day! My mom and my other sister ALSO share a birthday. Growing up, I used to think we should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for it.”

Nakita Knudson, Glass Door Studio

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Last spring, Nakita made our family a custom collage print of our 13-year-old chocolate lab (who we had to put down last summer) and it is a beloved piece in our home. Nakita does beautiful collage work and can do custom pieces as well.

Where to find her work:
Glass Door Studio at ETSY or email Nakida to discuss custom projects.

Fun Fact about Nakita:
“I am currently writing a hiphop album to be debuted before the end of the year.”

Katie Waymire, Yellow Daisy Design

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Katie is a mom to three kids – two of whom are in school with my girls. She is currently without a workshop while her home is under construction, but she is working on holiday projects nonetheless – as only a mom can manage! I love her neighborhood prints on wood and also her Tennessee flag ornaments – which I like to send to friends and family in Tennessee.

Where to find her work:
The Music City Marketplace (downtown). Katie will be participating in the small Business Saturday Holiday Market at the Richland Park Farmers’ Market on November 26. She can also be emailed to discuss custom projects.

Fun Fact about Katie:
“I started creating art on wood when we were adopting our youngest, Colie, four years ago to raise money for our adoption costs. We sold cut out crosses layered on wood that my husband had saved from the Nashville flood through his work with Hands On Nashville, organizing the volunteer rebuild efforts. We called them Crosses for Colie.”

Do you have any favorite local artists that you love and support? Please share in the comments.

 

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