VISIT & SHOP in the gallery and special exhibitions to choose gifts from a wide selection of items by Craft Center and regional artists. Relax as you shop by sipping spiced cider and listening to soothing sounds by acoustic guitarist Rob Ring. Have someone hard to buy for? Gallery gift cards are also available.
Experience the fun of making gifts for the people on your Christmas list or for yourself!
The Holiday Festival Mini Workshops are sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft, and the proceeds from the mini workshops will go to support FACCT’s Educational Outreach Programs. The Outreach Program enables fifth- through twelvth-grade students to come to the Craft Center for a day of hands-on classes and demonstrations.
Workshops are $20 each and registration starts at 9:30 a.m. the day of the class in the lobby of the Craft Center's administration building. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To make two items during the demonstration, the workshop fee doubles. No experience is necessary, and all materials are included in the cost of the workshops. Seating is limited.
Marbling Workshop - Bring home a beautiful scarf for yourself or to give as a special, handmade gift for someone on your list. Marbling involved submergin ink paintings in water and preserving the floating ink. Using thickened water allows you to capture detailed combed and flowing designs. All ages welcome. Class times - Continuous, but first come, first served. Participants will get a number, and watch how it is done, or shop, eat and watch live demonstrations, until their number is called.
Glass Bead Workshop - Learn to make a glass bead by holding glass rods over a flame and gently winding the molten glass over mandrels to make a necklace or earrings. Appropriate for ages 14 and older. Class times - 10 a.m. to noon.
Enameling Workshop - Learn the basics of enameling techniques wiht the kiln firing of liquid enamel, glass and glass thread to create a variety of color effects on copper. Choose any two items: a necklace, earrings or a key ring. Appropriate for ages 14 and older. Class times - 10 a.m. to noon, 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Local artists, faculty and artists in residence will display their skills during demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the festival.
On Friday, Nov. 23, Betty Ledbetter will demonstrate basketry, Jimmy Greenwood will display his woodturning skills, Helen Sefsik will show festival visitors her quilting talents, and Charlie Patricolo will demonstrate dollmaking.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, watch Jack Loeb paint with acrylics, Sharron Eckert make pine needle baskets, Amanda Ross will weave, Curtiss Brock blowing glass, and Charlie Patricolo make dolls.
On Sunday, Nov. 25, Sefsik, Eckert and Ross will again demonstrate their wide array of talents.
EXPLORE THE EXHIBITIONS
* Wood Department Pentannual features furniture, both original and gently modified reproductions, designed and crafted by faculty, students and program artists in residence. Students and the artist in residence will be on hand in Gallery Two to discuss the work and craftsmanship from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. (Gallery One)
Award-winning chef Chad Combs has devised a menu of holiday meals and treats guaranteed to get Craft Center visitors in the holiday mood. The Redbud Cafe is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. during the festival. Click here to download the menu:
THE FUN CONTINUES
The Craft Center gallery and exhibition space will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, Dec. 23.
The Gallery re-opens Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
2012 FEATURED ORNAMENTS (pictured above)
Felted ornaments by Kendall White will be one of the many pieces of art available during the Holiday Festival.