Witness the craft in action. catch our local artists demos happening daily during the festival, and shop their works for sale to THE public:  

Papermaking –  Katey Henriksen  

Wheel Pottery –  Lisa Hudson 

Woodturning – Rick Cannon   

Metalsmithing – Brandy Boyd

Painting – Toonky Berry

Metalsmithing – Virginia Fisher

Fused Glass – Teresa White    

Ballet on Wheels Dance School and Company, Kenny Hays (guitarist/singer), Danza Azteca and Opera Memphis will be doing live performance throughout the day on the grounds of the festival. Look for more fabulous groups to join this lists of creative performances.


Rick Cannon Selected 2019 “Master Artist”

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Tennessee Craft, in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, offers the Master Artist / Apprentice Program (MAAP) to open the door for emerging artists to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master craft artists.

All artists in the program are asked to choose challenging goals that will catapult their skills and knowledge as craft artists. The Master Artist Apprentice Program was created to help artists reach the next level of their professional development from a six-month one-on-one mentorship, not typically available in most learning environments.

Awarded apprentices receive a $1,800 stipend to work with their chosen master from Dec. 1, 2019 to June 15, 2020. For more information, email Tennessee Craft.

Rick Cannon has been a selected “Master Artist” in the craft of woodturning. RiverArtsFest is proud to work with him! Read more about Rick below.

About Rick:

Rick Cannon is an accomplished woodturner who has lived in Memphis since 1968. He works with local or imported woods and sometimes bone or antler.

After time with notable woodturners such as Michael Mode, Malcolm Tibbetts, Ray Key, David Marks and others, most of his works involve time at the lathe, but he also uses any of the tools associated with a carpenter’s shop. He has been a maker, learner and teacher of fine craft and art for the last 20 years.

Rick has won merit awards at the Pink Palace Arts in the Park and participated in the Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibition twice. His work is in a permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum, and he has demonstrated with the River Arts Association for five years to promote the craft of woodturning.

Rick is a member of Tennessee Craft—Southwest, the Memphis Arts Collective, the Mid-South Woodturners Guild and the American Association of Woodturners.