ROGERSVILLE — The Local Artists Gallery is featuring Tammy Henard as its August Artist of the Month.
Henard comes from a family of artists and crafters and is bringing up a new generation to keep the traditions alive. The family business is called HenardCreations.
Henard says she got her love for all things creative from her parents. Her mother, Jean Henderson loved music and always had a craft project in the works. Jean loved to knit, sew, make ceramics and cross stitch. Tammy was encouraged to study music in school and she did cross stitching all through childhood and won a blue ribbon for a cross-stitch piece at last year’s Heritage Days Art Show.
Tammy’s husband, Eric Henard, is also a crafter, a self-taught wood worker. He does scroll-saw pieces, wood carving, bird houses knives, canes and walking sticks. Four of his clocks have won blue ribbons at the Heritage Days Art Show.
“I never liked to paint except to do a bit of decoration on Eric’s wooden art pieces,” Tammy said. “But then I took a class at the Local Artists Gallery with Christine Fore and I was hooked! She is the best teacher ever and now I love to paint. I keep learning more with each class. Art is a learning process and I am enjoying the journey.”
She now also makes jewelry so that she could have things in the colors and styles that she loves.
Tammy grew up in Kingsport, graduated from ETSU and works as a Mammogram Technologist at Hawkins Co. Memorial Hospital. Eric grew up in Rogersville and graduated from Walters State Community College.
Tammy and Eric were married in 1989 and have three daughters, Erikah, Grace and Stormie.
Like her mother, Erikah has many talents. Her grandmother taught her to crochet and she taught herself how to knit. She draws beautifully, but prefers to work with yarn making anything from blankets to socks. She is also a costume designer, wearing her own creations when she attends anima conventions. She is a graduate of Walters State Community College.
Middle daughter, Grace, is a Senior at Cherokee High School. She plays the clarinet and loves to draw pictures of people. She has stacks of sketch books collected since she started at age six. She writes short stories and hopes to have them published someday. Tammy said, “It has been amazing to see her progress in her art over the years.”
Youngest daughter, Stormie, is a Freshman at Cherokee and is a member of the Color Guard of the Marching Chiefs. Stormie is a creative artist, but she also loves to be her father’s fishing partner. At the Gallery, she assists Sue and Janet with the kids art classes. She makes bracelets which are available at the Gallery. She has made pottery in the past and seems willing to try any new creative outlet.
Like their talented mom, all three of the girls have won ribbons for their works of art at Heritage Days Art Shows.