No Arts and Ag Tour in 2017

ArtsandAgThank for all of the support for 5 years of Arts and Ag Tour in Hickman County.  We had a great run and loved being a part of the community of amazing artists, farmers and musicians who all participated in the good times.  We’ve decided to take this year off.


New American Gothic: Stop #15 Arts and Ag Tour of Hickman County

Vanessa and Nate Davis of Totty's Bend Soap Farm. Stop # 8 on this year's tour.

Vanessa and Nate Davis of Totty’s Bend Soap Farm. Stop # 8 on this year’s tour.

The American Gothic painting by Grant Wood has become an icon of the American Farmer. In this new series of photographs, Emily Naff hopes to honor the tradition of the New American Farmer, focusing on those with small sustainable farms. These farmers have all made a decision to farm in ways that is healthy for the animals, the land and the humans. Farming is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle choice that these farmers have embraced with body, mind and soul.

For this photo series, Emily asked each of the farmers to pose in a style reminiscent of the painting, while holding tools of the farm and/or something that represents them and their farm.

  • Totty’s Bend Soap Farm: Vanessa Davis is holding one of their new baby goats, while Nate poses with the best tool for pitching hay. Vanessa is one of the organizers of the Arts and Ag Tour.  Be sure to stop by and see her, Nate and the goats at Stop #8.



Nicole and Mark Lewis of Lewis Acres

Nicole and Mark Lewis of Lewis Acres


  • Lewis Acres: Nicole and Mark Lewis are holding Tennessee Fricassee, the rooster, and a basket of fresh eggs from their happy hens.  Nicole was one of the founding team members of the Arts & Ag Tour.  She’ll be selling eggs at the Farmers Market at Riverpark on Saturday.  Stop # 7


The first prints from this new and ongoing series will be on display at Toyzini Gallery, Stop #15, on the Arts and Ag Tour.  There you will also see the photos of Turnbull Creek Farm, Sugar Camp Farm, Bee Haven Springs Farm and Riversong Farm.  The farmers in the first photos from the series have been from  Hickman County, but Emily would like to photograph farmers all across Tennessee. If would like to suggest a farmer for this series, please contact

For over ten years, Emily Naff has pointed her camera at exotic locations around the world.  Since buying a farm in Hickman County, she has started looking closer to home for photographic inspiration.  As Emily says, “this series, is really just a good excuse to hang out with interesting people and visit beautiful farms.” For more info about each of the farmers see blog posts on

Destiny Church: Stop #4 on the Arts and Ag Tour of Hickman County


Custom spice blends by Duck River Naturals.

Custom spice blends by Duck River Naturals.

Destiny Church of Centerville, first-timers on the Arts and Ag Tour, will bring a host of food and fun to stop number 4 on the tour map. An offshoot of the Destiny Church in Columbia, Destiny Church of Centerville believes Arts and Ag will serve as an opportunity to not only highlight the often hidden treasures of our community, but also to meet more of that community and give back to them. As such, 100% of the funds raised by Destiny Church of Centerville will go straight back to ministering to those in the community.

At their location during the Arts and Ag Tour, Destiny Church of Centerville will have sandwiches, potato salad, fresh vegetables, fruit salad, handmade drinks, and ice cream cones. There will also be music, a cool place to rest, clean restrooms and a play area for the kids. In addition to this, Doodles Central will be on hand with her soaps and herbal tea for sale, and Duck River Naturals will be selling their flavored teas, spice blends and other products.

Destiny Church of Centerville is located at 101 S. Public Square in Centerville. Aside from their booths at Arts and Ag, Duck River Naturals’ products may be viewed or purchased at Doodles Central’s products may also be purchased at her website. More information on Destiny Church of Centerville and on the products being sold by vendors will be available at their respective booths during Arts and Ag.

Hickman County Musical Trails Website

The Hickman County Public Library presents Musical Trails, a web site following the path of music through Hickman County. This web documentary beautifully features the lives and achievements of the talented folk nestled in its hills. Come and visit at:

Live Music by Mark Meadors and Brown’s Giftshop Revival with Special Guest Miranda Louise

markTyeDye Browns Giftshop Revival is a loose knit group of musicians whose main goal is to have a little fun. As we all know music is a good place to start. A few of them have been playing together for a few years and other players come and go like kids and jobs. They draw inspiration and are influenced by all genres of music but mostly agree that live music is best. Mark Meadors, songwriter and band leader whose musical talent took root in Hickman County when he was young, says “We play mostly original songs but also like to delve into some classics, otherwise known as ‘songs we like’. We hope you do too.”

Browns Giftshop Revival will be playing two sets at the Arts & Ag Harvest Market this Saturday October 18th at Grinder’s Switch Winery. They will be performing at 1:00PM and again at 3:00PM. Miranda Louise will be a special guest.  Come boogie with us!

Our Host – Grinder’s Switch Winery!

Once the quiet, country home of Joey and Gail Chessor, Grinder’s Switch Winery has been providing customers with a cozy, family wine experience for the last 7 years. Nestled in their hand-built log cabin, the Chessor’s make some of the best wine found on this side of the Mississippi River. The wine list ranges from sweetest fruit wines to the driest reds and everything in between.

The 110-acre estate is home to over 7 acres of vineyards where the Chessor’s grow 5 different varieties of grapes and houses a tank room that can hold up to 5,000 gallons of wine in various stages at any time.

Grinder’s Switch Winery is truly a family business. Joey and Gail along with their children, Mick and Jodie, run the winery and all of the day-to-day operations that that entails. The winery often calls on the community to help bring in the harvest and bottle their award-winning wine.

Grinder’s Switch Winery has been a huge supporter of Arts & AG from the very beginning and we are so excited to have them host the Harvest Market again this year!