Save the date for the Craft Center's 11th annual Celebration of Craft

Kick off spring with the 11th Annual Celebration of Craft.

Set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Tennessee Tech’s Appalachian Center for Craft overlooking Center Hill Lake near Smithville, the popular day-long event invites visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment and shopping opportunities while supporting educational outreach programs for children in the Upper Cumberland.

Admission is free. The event, held rain or shine, is sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT).

Musical performances start at 11 a.m. with Gypsy Pompe. Sheep Trick takes the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrations in the craft studios range from glass blowing, woodworking, weaving, blacksmithing, ceramics and metalsmithing.

Shop for world-class contemporary and traditional fine craft, art supplies and more in The Gallery offering a 10 percent discount this day only; TTU employees will receive a 20 percent discount.
TTU's Visual Arts Society, a student organization, will have its annual spring sale during the Celebration offering a variety of hand-made, original works.

FACCT’s Silent Auction, located in Gallery One, offers a wide selection of donated works by Craft Center and regional artists.

A popular component of the Celebration is the children’s hands-on craft projects including clay handbuilding, photograms, stamped and dyed cotton scarves and tiny tot necklaces.

"The proceeds from the Celebration of Craft help fund the Craft Center's educational outreach programs that serve thousands of elementary and high school students in Middle Tennessee each year," explained Gail Gentry, workshop and event coordinator at the Craft Center.
The Celebration is an Arts Build Communities event funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Hwy. 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information about the 2009 Celebration of Craft, contact Gail Gentry at 931/372-3051 or visit the Craft Center’s website at