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July 3, 2014

“You Have The Power” opens artisan shopping website

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Several of Tennessee’s favorite artisans have partnered with You Have the Power so you can Shop For Good. The online experience features some unique Tennessee treasures from handcrafted cards, scents, jewelry, and metalwork.

The artisans have given us access to their creations in addition to donating 50 percent of the purchase price to You Have the Power. “We are a unique non-profit serving Tennessee in a distinctive way. We welcome the partnership with our one of a kind artists to continue to bring programming and information to victims and communities,” said Cathy Gurley, Executive Director of You Have the Power.

The online store makes it easy for people to find gifts for a variety of occasions. The items will change periodically and plans are underway to expand the pool of participating artists. Some of the items available now include: an exclusive aroma therapy “Empowerment” spray created by Belva Cunningham, the HeartThrobs line of fine art note cards by Nancy Hilgert, Founder of Women Artists of Middle Tennessee; jewelry by Lorraine Stevenson; note cards from Greenbrier artist Carol Spiller; and hand-forged metal heart trivets by artist blacksmith Ray Spiller. All items can be viewed and purchased by logging on to YHTP Shop of Good.

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About the Artists:

Belva Cunningham is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and Certified Biofeedback Specialist (CBS), who developed Scentered, a line of essential oil blends and body products that she uses in her practice and offers online and through East Nashville’s Garage Mahal and Art & Invention Gallery. Cunningham blended and created the “Empowerment” room spray exclusively for You Have the Power.

Nancy Hilgert earned a BFA double major in Drawing and Studio Art from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and is well-known for her watercolor, graphite, mixed media, intaglio and lithography art. Hilgert is the Founder of Women Artists of Middle Tennessee, and is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NYC, Xanadu Studio of Scottsdale, Arizona and the Tennessee Artisan Market at The Renaissance Center. Hilgert uses anywhere from seven to thirty different weights of lead layered with other drawing media to bring simple things to vibrant life. Her award-winning art can be found in private residences and corporate offices around the U.S.

Lorraine Stevenson is an artist and jewelry designer who has taught both jewelry making and crochet workshops at The Renaissance Center. She is a five-time cancer survivor who also plays several instruments, is a BMI songwriter and has recorded two CDs.

Carol Spiller has taught at both Tennessee Technological University and Austin Peay State University, and specializes in colored pencil drawings of nature’s beauty. Inspired by artists of centuries ago and their illustrated manuscripts, calligraphy, and miniature paintings. Spiller often includes borders in her drawings.

Ray Spiller has been hammering hot steel for over 30 years and learned his craft under master smiths Jim Wallace, Nol Putnam, Clay Spencer and other outstanding artist-blacksmiths. He is a member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America and has taught classes at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville and demonstrated at many conferences and meetings throughout the Southeastern U.S. Under the company name of Mount Sharon Forge, Spiller has designed and created large iron products such as gates, railings, balconies, and tables, as well as small goods such as trivets and bowls. He is also known for his whimsical bottle openers and wall hooks. “I hope when someone uses the sculptures that I make, they do so with deliberation, and that these objects make the user think about the moment and live it more fully.”

Celebrating 21 years of service, YHTP was founded in 1993 by former First Lady of Tennessee, Andrea Conte. The organization’s mission is to educate, advocate, and empower victims and communities impacted by violent crime throughout Tennessee.

Artisans interested in adding their creations to the store should contact Veronica Clark at veronica.clark@yhtp.org or 615-292-7027.



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