Courtesy of The Bent Tree Gallery
By Jonas Weir
“I've been blessed with this talent,” says John Whitt, owner of the Bent Tree Gallery.
John is indeed a talented artisan who has been shaping trees into functional pieces for more than thirty years, but he’s not the only person blessed with talent in his family. His wife, Marcia, is a skilled fiber artist who has been practicing her craft just as long as John, and their daughter, Stacy, makes leather handbags that she can barely keep in stock. All of their work can be found under one roof at the Bent Tree Gallery, which relocated from Clarksville to the Whitts’ property in Bethany this August.
The gallery’s new space, occupying a barn especially built for it, not only incorporates enough space to showcase all of the family’s products, but it also has a new classroom that allows John and Marcia to offer more classes. Although you must drive down a country gravel road to get there, they don’t want that to deter you from visiting the new gallery.
“Don’t stop driving,” John says. “Wait until you come over the hill; you’ll see the clouds open up and angels start singing, and you’ll know you’re there.”