Annual Celebration of Craft set for April 5 at TTU Craft Center

Spring is the season for more than bunny rabbits and buttercups at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft near Smithville.

It’s also the season for the annual Celebration of Craft, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, and this marks the 10th year for the event, which has become a regional tradition in the Upper Cumberland.

Admission is free to the day-long event, and visitors have the opportunity to experience narrated demonstrations in all the Craft Center’s studios, including glass blowing, woodworking, weaving, blacksmithing, ceramics and metalsmithing.

Musical performances will be presented by the Cluster Pluckers and Live Music in America.

Hands-on craft activities for children will include handbuilding with clay, photograms, paper marbling, hand-made kites and more.

Shoppers can take advantage of a 10 percent discount in The Gallery or find great new works by members of TTU’s student art organization, the Visual Arts Society, at its spring fine craft sale.

A silent auction of art and fine craft supports the Craft Center’s educational outreach programs. The silent auction items are generously donated by Craft Center-affiliated and other regional artists.

“All proceeds from the Celebration of Craft directly support the Craft Center’s educational outreach programs, serving more than 4,000 school children in the Upper Cumberland region each year,” said Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator at the Craft Center.

The Celebration is a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

For more information about the Celebration, call Gentry at 931/372-3051 or log on to the Craft Center web site at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter.

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