Retail Gallery FAQs
- How do I get to the retail Gallery at the Craft Center?
From I-40: Take Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville); follow Hwy 56 South to the Craft Center. We are approximately 6 miles from the exit; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge at the Craft Center sign. Follow this scenic drive to the parking lot and facility.
From Hwy 70: From the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 56 in Smithville; turn left onto Hwy 56 and travel approximately 6 miles. Turn right before crossing the Hurricane Bridge. Follow the drive to the parking lot and facility.
From Hwy 111: Exit Hwy 111 (near Sparta) onto Hwy 70 and travel west to Smithville. At the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 56 turn right onto Hwy 56 and travel approximately 6 miles. Turn right before crossing the Hurricane Bridge. Follow the drive to the parking lot and facility. The Gallery is in the Craft Center’s administration building.
- What are the retail Gallery hours?
The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.
- When are you closed?
Easter Sunday, 2-3 business days at the end of June, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve through the next business day after New Year's day.
- Are you accessible to people with disabilities?
The Craft Center has parking, ramps and an elevator for accessibility to the retail Gallery and Exhibitions.
- Is the work in the retail Gallery made by the artists at the Craft Center?
The work in the Gallery is created by Craft Center faculty, artists in residence, advanced students, and more than 100 regional craft artists.
- Does the retail Gallery sell work on-line?
Not at this time, stay tuned for updates!
- Do you sell craft supplies, tools and books in the retail Gallery?
Yes. The Gallery sells textbooks for the Craft Center’s studio classes. We also carry basic craft tools and supplies.
- Do you offer discounts on work in the Gallery?
Yes. Tennessee Tech University employees and students (with a valid TTU Eagle Card) receive a 10% discount in the Gallery. Discounts are offered to the public during special events throughout the year. Stop by the Gallery for details or visit our Facebook or Instagram pages.
- Do you have special events?
Yes. The Celebration of Craft in April offers craft demonstrations, live music, fine craft sales, hands-on kids' craft projects, an auction, and more (in support of our educational outreach programs). The annual Holiday Festival occurs in November. Enjoy a great shopping experience, music, craft demonstrations, specialty ornaments and showcase exhibitions.
- May I tour the studios when I visit the retail Gallery?
Tours are available for groups, but must be scheduled in advance in order to notify our faculty and studios. Since we are a school offering Bachelor of Fine Arts classes, the Craft Center’s studios are not open to the public on an individual "walk-in” basis. However, during the annual Celebration of Craft the studios are open and include narrated craft demonstrations. Also, during the Holiday Festival, some studios are open for scheduled demonstrations.