Our 2021 Artists in Residence

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Mar Mar 15 thru Mar 19

Maneet Chauhan

Born in Punjab, India, chef Maneet Chauhan worked in some of the country’s top hotels before pursuing a culinary career in the United States. Now residing in Nashville, she is the executive chef and co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House and co-owner of Mantra Artisan Ales. In 2012, Maneet received a James Beard Award for her role as a judge on the Food Network show Chopped, on which she remains a recurring member of the judges panel. Maneet is also the author of two cookbooks, Flavors of My World, and Chaat: The Best Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India, which was released in October 2020.

Apr Apr 5 thru Apr 9

Stephanie Fees

Scratch Pasta Co. was founded by chef Stephanie Fees in Lynchburg, Virginia. After a long career as a professional chef in New York City and West Virginia, Stephanie returned to her hometown to run the kitchen at West Manor Estate, a local wedding venue. During her time at West Manor, Stephanie had the opportunity to attend “pasta school” in Chiavari, Italy, where she studied the country’s many authentic pastas and sauces. This experience inspired her to start an artisan pasta shop in Lynchburg, bringing the art of fresh, homemade pasta back to her Southern home.

Apr Apr 19 thru Apr 23

Dorothy Shain

Dorothy Shain is a Greenville, South Carolina-based artist and creative entrepreneur with a dynamic portfolio. Her work is an exploration of mediums reflective of the colors, textures, and patterns drawn from travels and adventures, revealing inspiration and influence from countless people, places, and cultures. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a B.A. in Studio Art, Dorothy launched her brand in September of 2014. The business has continued to grow ever since, now encompassing a number of collaborations, licensing, print sales, and most recently, textiles and wallpapers. From a line of swimwear with Anthropologie to custom-designed products for SPANX, Dorothy is passionate about partnering with companies that share similar values, most importantly, value philanthropy.

May May 17 thru May 21

Annie Moran

Annie Moran is an artist and designer whose work celebrates the nature and culture of her native Louisiana. While her primary focus is in watercolor painting, mural arts, and wallpaper and textile design, she also creates jewelry, accessories, and apparel. Born and raised in central Louisiana, Annie received her BFA from Louisiana State University and worked in New York City for twelve years. Back home in New Orleans, Annie now creates universally appealing works of art surrounded by the people and the landscapes that inspire her most.

Jun Jun 14 thru Jun 18

Anne Blackwell Thompson

Founded by artist and plantswoman Anne Blackwell Thompson, Blackwell Botanicals is known for pressed blooms and foliage collected from the nooks and crannies of the Southern landscape. Anne’s work is the culmination of years of study, including studio art and art history training and an apprenticeship with renowned botanical artist Stuart Thornton in Turin, Italy. Anne’s passion for creation led to the birth of Blackwell Botanicals in 2010, and today she works with private collectors, designers, and landscape architects on vibrant works of botanical art.

Jul Jul 19 thru Jul 23

Carlene Browner and Cassandra Browner Richardson

BR Design Co. is a collaboration between sisters Carlene Browner and Cassandra Browner Richardson. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the sisters create unique polymer clay jewelry and accessories using techniques their mother taught them when they were young. Respectively a first-grade teacher and a nurse by day, the duo launched their business in 2007, dying, rolling, cutting, firing, sanding, and buffing each piece by hand.

Sep Sep 13 thru Sep 17

Quintin Middleton

Quintin Middleton is the artisan behind the Middleton Made Knives, a line of bespoke tools crafted in the rural town of Saint Stephen, South Carolina. Over the last decade, Middleton has earned a reputation as one of the South's premier culinary bladesmiths, hand-forging knives for acclaimed chefs including Sean Brock, Michael Anthony, and Mike Lata. Following an apprenticeship with legendary bladesmith Jason Knight, Middleton transitioned to creating culinary knives, and a group of Charleston's top chefs were among his first clients. In 2010, he founded his brand, Middleton Made Knives, now regarded for some of the finest knife work in the country.

Oct Oct 4 thru Oct 8

Brooks Reitz

Brooks Reitz is a restaurateur and entrepreneur based in Charleston, South Carolina. Together with his partners, Brooks designs and operates celebrated restaurants including Leon’s Oyster Shop, Little Jack’s Tavern, Melfi’s and Monza Pizza Bar. He is also the Founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., a globally distributed brand of cocktail mixers, bar tools, and accessories, and the host of a home-grown cooking show dubbed “Brooks Cooks.” His work has been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Garden & Gun.

Nov Nov 8 thru Nov 12

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh were introduced as kids through their parents’ friendship, and it wasn’t long before the two formed a strong connection of their own. Years down the road, a well-timed meet-up at a sheep station in Australia brought their shared passion for homebrewing and craft beer culture into focus. It was there at Hardywood Park that they shared their first glass of full-flavored, home-brewed beer, inspiring the next ten years of hard work and planning. The duo finally brought their dream into reality with the launch of Richmond, Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2011. Today, Hardywood operates a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom in the one-time German Brewing District and another 60-barrel brewhouse and destination in the West Creek area, continuing to deliver on its promise of quality brewing, local sourcing, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

Dec Dec 6 thru Dec 10

Elisabeth Connolly

North Carolina native Elisabeth Connolly is the founder and CEO of the lifestyle brands Elisabeth Rose and Aesthet. As an artist and entrepreneur, Elisabeth’s work is rooted in the desire to add beauty to everyday moments. While her journey began with film photography and letterpress stationery, Elisabeth’s business has continued to grow, this year with a new line of hand-poured candles crafted from locally sourced materials.