Linden, Tennessee has no shortage of artists eager to share their creations—both via exhibitions and permanent souvenirs you can take home with you. Packed with visual art displays as well as musical events, Perry County's largest town teems with ways to enjoy the arts. Here's where to find art in Linden.
Buffalo River Artisans Cooperative
One of the organizations spearheading art in Linden is the Buffalo River Artisans Cooperative, an art gallery where artists display and sell their works in the downtown. The gallery opened its doors 15 years ago during the Blooming Arts Festival, according to Melissa Goodwin, owner of the gallery. City leaders supported the initiative from the start and provided a welcoming space for artisans to share ideas and connect with the public.
“Our mission is to bring art to the community and the community to art,” Goodwin says. “We have a place where makers can bring professional-level, handmade art for the community and for people passing through and expose them to art. We have exhibits and we give classes.”
Goodwin is a weaver, interested in historical reproduction of cloth. Her gallery also features sculptures, paintings, pottery, mosaics and even dreamcatchers.
More art in Linden’s downtown
In addition to the Artisans Cooperative, Main Street Marketplace and Shades of Vintage bring joy to art lovers. Both establishments are in the town’s downtown area. Main Street Marketplace offers crafts and arts, jewelry and home décor. Shades of Vintage invites patrons to shop for vintage and new furniture pieces, as well as unique signs and other interior decorations.
Art events in Linden
Several area events showcase arts in Linden—from paintings, drawings, pottery, sculpture, woodworks and leather works to musical shows. Annual music events include Music on Main in Perry County. This free summer concert series brings excitement to music lovers every Saturday, with Linden and Lobelville as alternating venues.
Blooming Arts Festival, held over two days each March, is one of the most anticipated annual events in Linden and allows visual artists and musicians to showcase their talents. Chat with vendors selling pottery, paintings and jewelry while enjoying live music. And when it comes to music, the Commodore Hotel brings musicians to its stage weekly in Linden. Browse the schedule of events at the Commodore Hotel.