At this year’s celebration, Tim Hintz, an award-winning chair maker, will give away one of his traditional ladderback chairs with hand-woven hickory bark seat valued at $400.
Hintz owns and operates Fresh Chairs in Smithville and is a bachelor of fine arts graduate of the Craft Center’s wood program. He won Best in Show at the Tennessee State Museum’s Best of Tennessee juried exhibit and sale in 2004.
Other features of the event will include narrated demonstrations in all five Craft Center studios (clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood), a silent auction, a fine craft sale by the TTU Student Visual Arts Society, hands-on craft activities for children and live music.
Although the celebration itself is a free event, proceeds from the sale of commemorative T-shirts and silent auction items both directly serve as fundraisers by Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee to provide art-related educational outreach programs to the children of the Upper Cumberland.
The Craft Center’s educational outreach programs are also funded in part by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
To get to the Craft Center, take Exit 273 off Interstate 40 — approximately 25 miles west of Cookeville and 60 east of Nashville — and turn south toward Smithville on Highway 56, taking an immediate left after crossing Hurricane Bridge.
For more information about the Celebration of Craft, call Gentry at 931/372-3051 or click on the link on TTU’s homepage at www.tntech.edu.