Meet Shanahan at American Artisan Festival

American Artisan Festival is held June 15-17 at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN

Shanahan’s work focuses on the visual relationship between emotion and our natural surroundings. Her art has been shown in group exhibitions throughout the Southeast, as well as New York and the Louvre Museum in Paris. She has had solo exhibitions at the Looking Glass Gallery in Boone, NC, and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, and a two-person exhibition with artist Rebecca Bremer at the Nth Degree Gallery in Boone, NC.
In 2017, she began traveling to show in art fairs in the Southeast and has shown at art fairs from Virginia to Florida. This is the 2nd time she has attended the American Artisan Festival.

According to Samantha Saturn, who runs the annual American Artisan Festival, the value is both immense and timeless. Now in its 44th year, American Artisan Festival returns to the front lawn of Nashville’s Centennial Park June 15 through 17th.

The family-friendly and free Nashville tradition is held each year over Father’s Day Weekend and features over 150 artists and makers from all over the country. Saturn curates the festival and believes that it showcases the very best in American handcrafts and fine art, and the key criteria for consideration are that the artists create all the work by hand in America.Ceramics, glass, wood, metal, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, furniture, all mediums are represented, and prices range from $25 to $2500. “It’s an opportunity for anybody to become an art collector,” she says.

Elizabeth Shanahan,, grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, a rural area that is nevertheless saturated with fine and performing arts. This being the case, she was exposed to and fascinated with the arts from a young age. Her homeschool education had a deep focus on art, music, theater, and literature, and these early exposures have a significant impact on her work and life today.

You can listen to a recent podcast I had with Elizabeth: The Thinking Process of an Artist

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