Craft Center Hosts New Demonstration Series

The spotlight is no longer on the artwork itself but on the artists. The Appalachian Center for Crafts is hosting a new series of demonstrations by the artists whose works are sold in the Center's gallery. The series will be held every Sunday beginning in October in the sales gallery.

"The new series works for two purposes," Gail Looper, sales gallery manager, said. "People who come to the gallery get to see how this art is made, and they also are able to establish a more personal connection with the artists themselves."

The first demonstration will be done by Mark and Mary Sue Taylor of Taylor & Taylor Weaving in Nashville. The Taylors will instruct the visitors in weaving and spinning from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Bo Breda, an emerging professional artist, will present her beading techniques in a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12. Breda, who recently earned her masters in fine arts at the University of Southern Illinois, will also discuss her workshop on beading to be held Nov. 22.

The last demonstration of the month will be a woodcarving and painting instruction by Charles and Vada Thomas of Lebanon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Charles will carve wooden Santas, and Vada will paint them. The Thomases have a personal studio called the "Quail Meadow" in Lebanon and sell their work across the mid-South. Charles has been carving for 10 years and has taught woodcarving in Florida and at the Craft Center.

For more information, call Gail Looper at 372-3051. The schedule for November will be available soon. ***