The MAA Artist Membership is open to any artist. Our members include seasoned professionals, students and up-and-coming artists who are honing their craft.

Membership is our basic fund-raising mechanism.  You are invited to join MAA as an individual, or as a business or corporate sponsor.  Whichever category you choose, you are contributing directly to the work we do advocating and promoting the arts in Monroe County.

The MACA Art Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative     marketing, promotional and membership organization  working on behalf of artists in the Monroe area.

We seek to foster an environment in which art strengthens our County’s image, economic vitality and quality of life.

The Art Alliance has been created to assist artists in the community.  One of its first acts has been partnering with Madisonville Public Library to create a gallery of art to display work of community visual artists   At present, we are considering locations throughout the county to display more local art.

Because not everyone is a visual artist, MACA wants to provide those with artistic interest and experience in music and theatre a means to share their artistic abilities.  In the coming year, MACA wants to explore the possibility of a community theatre, a literary journal, and special musical events.

To realize this new and better MACA, we need your help.  We need your ideas on how to best fulfill these goals.  We need your experience and talents to make the arts more vital in the life of the Monroe Area.

You don’t have to be an artist to join, you just have to appreciate art!

Monroe Arts Alliance Application

Visual Arts Alliance Art Show



The 2018 Monroe Arts Spring Juried Open Art Show was open to all residents of Monroe County and  surrounding areas. The annual Monroe Arts Spring Juried Art Show began with a reception Friday evening at 6:00 at the Vonore Community Center .  Juror for the Visual Arts Alliance 2018 Spring Juried Open Art Show was Mr. Chris Ingram, B.F.A – Studio Art. Mr. Ingram studied art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and graduated from Wright University in Dayton, OH. Ingram says “The world needs more  creative people, more art and more arts education” He was honored to have been invited to jury the MACA Visual Arts Alliance 2018 Spring Open Art Show, and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to view,  evaluate and appreciate many fine works of visual arts.

Congratulations to all the award winners at the 2018 Visual Arts Alliance Spring Open Juried Show. The awards are as follows: Oils, 1st. Beverly Johnson for Health Food Group. 2nd. Glenn Edwards for Still Life. Acrylics, 1st. Allan Sibley for Up, Up and Away. 2nd. Stephen Hankal for Along Niles Ferry Road. Watercolor, 1st. Cindy Moser for Rain Flower. 2nd. Laura Abbott. Pencil (graphite/color) 1st. Allan Sibley for Summer Fruit. 2nd. Stephen Curran for Cooling Time in the Little T. Pastels 1st. Alicia Fugitt for Hystri. Mixed Media 1st. Toneeke Arts for Silent Whispers. 2nd. Allan Sibley for  Varoom. Photography 1st Jim Williams for Perspective. 2nd. Frank McKenzie for Youth. 3 Dimensional 1st. Jan Johnson for Gourd. 2nd Douglas Allen Stinnett for Untitled. Glass 1st. Douglas Stinnett for Mid Summer Dream and 2nd for Long Summer Day. Fiber 1st Joan Haines McIntee for Freelance Tenerife Embroidery and 2nd for Spirit of Univ. Of Tenn. Clay Ann Phillips 1st for Animals Group and 2nd Flower. Miscellaneous 1st Jan Johnson for Spring to Fall and Wild Hawaiian.


Get to know Our Artists

Artist Bio

Alicia L. Fugitt

Alicia Fugitt retired from the Air Force after serving 26 years. She went on to work at a military schoolhouse developing curriculum and computer graphics until her retirement in 2010.  She moved to Monroe County Jan 2013 where she resides in Sweetwater.  Alicia has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember, creating things is just in her DNA.  Over the years she further hones her skills and interest by attending various workshops and classes.  In addition, she has also taught several classes in acrylics, drawing and introduction to painting.  Her favorite mediums are Acrylic, Pastels and Graphite.  She also enjoys working with stain glass and weaving.  Alicia hopes to continue growing as an artist and helping others discover their hidden artistic talents as well.


Born 2 Danz

Born 2 Danz is a Hip-Hop & Jazz Funk Dance Academy in Madisonville, TN. 


Dance Classes : Born 2 Danz offers high quality Hip-Hop &

Jazz Funk dance instruction for kids, age 4, through adult in a friendly nurturing environment.  Our dance program features group classes, individual lessons, workshops, camps, convention, competitions, many performances in the community throughout the year and an annual show every spring.

Acting: Learn more of the stage arts in a 2 week acting camp in the spring.  At the end of those 2 weeks we put on a live original show that coincides with our dance show, with parts for everyone.
Fitness: Adults come join our lively Group Fitness classes every week. We have Zumba, Zumba in the Circuit and Cardio Kickboxing.  Check the schedule for any changes.

The students share in the passion and joy that dance brings.  Excellence in dance instruction and performance is nurtured in each and every student throughout the year. It’s our sincere hope that this will lead not only to the success of our studio, but the future successes of each child and family whom we touch!

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Phone: 423-836-6562




“I appreciate Shanie’s ability to create engaging and demanding choreography.

She encourages her students to strive for excellence while creating a fun environment.” 

-Laura Mason​




Armfield Dance Academy

Armfield Dance Academy is located at 716 South White Street, Athens, TN 865-740-9268

Arm Field Dance Academy offers classes in preschool dance for 4 year old and some 3 year old. Kinder-tap and kinder-ballet classes are taught for ages 5-6. All of these classes use creative movement and musicality with a basic ballet foundation. Classes in classical ballet and/or tap are available for 1st grade and up. Prejazz and hip hop classes are offered for ages 8 & 9 while regular Jazz begins at age 10, with a recommended previous three years of ballet training. Pointe is undertaken after many years of ballet training and only with the instructor’s permission. Pointe dancers meet a minimum of twice a week for ballet and point.

Elaine Armfield received her BA degree in dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She did graduate work at New York University, the International School of Dance in Genoa, Italy, and with Melissa Hayden of New York City Ballet, receiving a MS degree from the University of Tennessee as well. As a ballerina, she danced with Maryville-Alcoa Civic Ballet, Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Butler Ballet, and Tennessee Festival Ballet.

For forty years she has operated the Armfield Dance Academy. Ms. Armfield choreographs, directs, and stages full length ballets and variety concert shows. In 1987 she was invited to present her choreography in Copenhagen, Denmark and Moscow and Leningrad, USSR. In 1995 the Armfield Dancers performed at Mexico’s Fiesta Cancun, in 1997 toured Italy, in 1999, danced in Greece, and in 2003, danced aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship to the Bahamas.

A former dance instructor for the University of Tennessee, and current dance professor for Pellissippi State Community College, she has also received five Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Ballet. Elaine Armfield is very proud to have served as president of the Tennessee Association of Dance.


Novelist Jesse Hester releases his latest Jonas Lauer novel,

The Star Spangled Murder

 Come out and join Jesse Hester as he announces his latest Jonas Lauer novel, The Star Spangled Murder.  He will be signing books from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at the Main Street Antique Mall in Sweetwater. The address is 201 North Main Street, Sweetwater,TN