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Children's books and gifts. Photography by Allison Harpole.
Past and future exhibition-related merchandise
The Gift Shop carries a large assortment of Thistle Farms products.
Nashville merchandise. Photography by Allison Harpole.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child or something special for the person who has everything, you’ll find a dazzling array of specialty merchandise at the Frist. Choose from our beautiful handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, decorative arts from around the world, framed prints and posters, stationery, supplies for the developing artist, book, videos, and exhibition catalogs, galore.
And, to top it off, we will wrap your gifts at no charge.
Frist Center Members receive a 10 percent discount every day! If you are not a member, you can join online or when you visit the shop.
Brenda Stein is a studio artist living in Nashville. She received her BS from the University of Wisconsin and has trained with woodturning masters Ray Key, David Ellsworth and John Jordan. As a woodturner, Brenda creates gallery quality art that moves the viewer by combining the beauty of the individual characteristics of our Tennessee woods, with a strong form to support that beauty.
Brenda strives to create works of turned wood that, as her first mentor the late Charles Alvis would say are, "an applause to the tree." She lives and works in middle Tennessee, an area with an exceptionally rich variety of tree
species. By making one of a kind turned art pieces out of fallen trees, she not only rescues trees, but also preserves their essence. The downed tree is cut into manageable pieces using a chainsaw. Then it is shaped on the lathe by carving away ribbons of wood to reveal the sensuous curves that define her work.
Her inspirations are deeply rooted and grounded in the raw material that is the predominant medium of her craft. Her wood bowls embody strong classic form to do justice to the ancient walnut, osage orange, pecan, the sweet cherry tree and many other amazing trees. Brenda says "Our world is full of functional wood products that we rely on for our very existence. I wish to lift each turned piece out of the mundane into the realm of consciousness that inspires viewers to form a deeper connection with the natural wonders in their own lives".
Brenda participates in selected art shows and exhibitions in the Southeast. She particularly enjoys making commissioned pieces from trees that have special meaning to their owners. She was selected to design and create the 2007 Governor's Awards in the Arts for the state of Tennessee. She is involved in the Tennessee Association of Craft Artist's Art in the School Program and Cheekwood's School Outreach Program, demonstrating woodturning while educating and inspiring students.
She was featured on Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads (#2012) and had the pleasure of recording a video segment on the Do It Yourself Network, featuring artists and the tools they use, which airs regularly (#240). Brenda is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, currently serving as Vice President of the Cumberland Valley Chapter. She is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, and served as Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners, where she is a member. She is a member and advocate for Tennesseans for the Arts.
Brenda's work can be found in select galleries and many private collections and is currently featured in the Frist Center Gift Shop.
Photo: © Susan Walker Photography