Explore your artistic side at the 15th annual Celebration of Craft. This free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tenn.
Find out what the Craft Center is all about during studio tours, narrated demonstrations by students, faculty and volunteers in glass blowing, furniture making, fabric weaving, wheel throwing and hand building in clay and more.
Bring a friend, family or fly solo while taking advantage of the free classes in photography, origami, felted bracelets and creative necklaces offered for kids of all ages. These mini-workshops, sponsored by Frontier Communications, run continuously throughout the day and are open to everyone.
The mini-workshops give guests a chance to get their hands dirty making forged steel hooks, marbled scarves or glass beads for $20-$25 per person and take their creation home that day. Space is limited so come early to secure a spot in the workshops of your choice. Registration for mini-workshops will take place the day of the event only and some have minimum age requirements. Visit http://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/celebration/ for details.
Visitors can shop for world-class, contemporary fine craft in the Gallery and take advantage of a special-event 10 percent discount. TTU employees with a valid Eagle card will be given 20 percent off this day only.
The Gallery will also kick off a bi-monthly series, "Eye on Fine Craft," with a focus on all things paper. Pulp painter Chery Cratty will be in the sales gallery talking about her creative processes using paper-pulp to paint and paper-maker Claudia Lee will demonstrate her process of spinning paper as if it were wool. It’s the perfect opportunity to use the special-event discount while shopping the gallery for paper jewelry, paper dolls, paper to make art, handmade books, cards and everything you need to make your own paper projects.
Atlanta-based oil painter Keith Prossick will be in the Gallery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. demonstrating and discussing his Mandala-style paintings. The director of the Atlanta School of Visionary Art, Prossick’s paintings are reminiscent of Buddhist sand paintings only on canvas. He will have a selection of prints on sale during the Celebration.
Enjoy live music and beautiful harmonies by The Danberrys from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group’s performances draw from blues, folk, bluegrass and soul/funk. Bluegrass band Flea Market Hustlers will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Music is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage.
A live auction featuring work by students, faculty and volunteers begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit FACCT’s programs that bring fine art and craft to approximately 1,000 students in fifth through 12th grades from 11 counties in Middle Tennessee.
Support Habitat for Humanity and learn to throw clay bowls, which will be donated to the annual Cooking on the Square. Build a Bowl is sponsored by Synergy of Cookeville.
The Craft Center’s on-site café, The Redbud, will serve up an eclectic mix of fresh and comfort foods including wraps, delicious side items and desserts.
See what the Craft Center students have been working on in the studios by purchasing fine art and craft directly from the artists themselves while shopping at the students’ Visual Art Society spring sale.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). From I-40 take state Route 56 South; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.
For more information about the 2013 Celebration of Craft visit www.tntech.edu/craftcenter