Board Members

Peggy Schmid
President
Peggy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art in 1990 ( now the Savannah College of Art and Design).  She studied to become an Art Educator at Georgia State University where she was an Honors Student.
 
As a sculptor, she produced work for the movie “Freejack”, created the Pinwheel Project at Tula Art Foundation in Buckhead, was a featured artist on the program Artage for the City of Atlanta, and had work featured at ABC No Rio in New York.
 
Several of her bowls were featured in the HGTV Green Home in  2012.  She has won awards both as an artist, sculptor, and woodturner and her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the country.
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Kelly Parker
Secretary

Kelly Parker is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art.

She has been awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society, was the first recipient of a professional development grant awarded by the Krenov Foundation, and was awarded Best in Show at the biannual
chair exhibition, American Craft Today: Chairs, hosted by The Bascom Gallery in North Carolina. Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture.

Kelly’s work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic. She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others through both writing and teaching.

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Carl Johnson
Treasurer

Carl has spent a lifetime in construction and holds 3 contractor licenses with the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  After 25 years of working in the construction inspections industry with the City of Tampa, Carl decided to shift gears and follow a passion he had pursued since childhood – building custom furniture.  He met a local furniture maker and together they started and ran a successful custom furniture making shop, Franklin Street Fine Woodwork. 

After 15 years of building furniture professionally Carl retired and now spends time with family, travels and when time permits, makes sawdust in his home shop.  He is dedicated to giving back to his community and now, with the help of his nonprofit endeavors, he will be able to help others pursue their dreams of creating works of art and craft.

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