Appalachian Center for Craft

All weekend

10-5 PM

• 25% discount on all handcrafted items* in the Gallery Saturday and Sunday!

        • Take advantage of a special Holiday Shopping discount in the Craft Center’s retail gallery. Handmade goods from local and regional artists will be 25% off, including hand-made cards, jewelry, ornaments, glassware, textiles, prints, paintings and more.
          *excludes exhibitions and supplies

• Free craft activities for kids!

        • Younger visitors can participate in free kid’s activities in the cafe, led by Art Education students. Activities will include clay cutouts, beaded ornaments and holiday cards, while supplies last. Minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians.


10-5 PM

• Student Art Sale

• Festive Food & Drinks, Lunch by Logan's Snack Shack

        • Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, BBQ Nachos, Asian Street Tacos and more are available for purchase on Saturday.

• Workshops

        • Workshops take place on Saturday, November 18 from 10am - 5pm. Please click "Register now!" to view our online marketplace for more information. Limited spots available!
        • Register in person at Holiday Festival, or reserve your seat early by registering online.
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10-5 PM

• Live artist demonstrations in the gallery

        • Techniques in puppet-making with local artist, Holly Arms
        • Live painting by Craft Center Artist in Resident, Emma Loy
        • Basketry for sculptural forms with Craft Center Artist in Resident, Sally Garner

Blow Your Own Glass Ornament:  $50

Learn the basics of glass blowing in our hot shop by creating your own glass ornament! Our team of glass artists, including resident artist Fae Palentyn, will guide you step-by-step through the process of blowing a glass bubble to create a colorful holiday ornament.


All over the age of 16 are welcome. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Glass ornaments

Instructor:  Fae Palentyn

faeFae Palentyn is a glass artist and sculptor, specializing in bubble entrapment. They received both a BS and MS in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University in 2013 and 2015 respectively. While pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Mechanics of Materials, Fae decided to follow a different career path and began blowing glass instead. Fae's work explores duality and impermanence. By utilizing intentionally created negative spaces, Fae shows that it is both the presence and absence of things that make them beautiful. 

Please note that each glass ornament will need to be picked up at a later date or can be shipped for a $10 fee. 

12:00 – 12:30, 12:30-1:00, 1:00-1:30, 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 2:30-3:00


Pyrography:  $50

Learn the art of pyrography and create wooden ornaments with festive designs! Local woodturner, Myra Orton, will lead you through the process of “drawing” on wood with wood burning tools. You’ll also work with small power-carvers to create textures within your pyrography. Each participant will create at least two ornaments, complete with leather string for hanging. All skill levels are welcome.

Participants must be 18 or older to attend.

Carving knife

Instructor:  Myra Orton

MyraMyra Orton, a retired teacher, has been working with wood most of her life and has been wood turning for 16 years.  She teaches the art of wood turning, inlaying various mediums, pyrography, coloring techniques, power carving, composition, and where to find inspirations.  Myra is well known for her wood turnings that contain motifs that are truly inspired by nature and tell a story.  She enjoys challenging herself to see what new techniques she can develop in order to share them with others through her love of teaching.  Myra gives demonstrations, teaches workshops, and practices her craft full-time.


10am - 1pm; 2pm - 5pm

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Dyed Silk Scarves: $50

Create beautiful silk scarves using indigo dye and shibori techniques. Fiber Studio Artist in Residence, Sally Garner, will share resist dyeing methods, folding, clamping and pattern making. Participants will learn how to layer different shibori patterns to create stunning results. You’ll make two indigo-dyed silk scarves, perfect for gifting or keeping! In addition, you’ll create one indigo-dyed cotton bandana that can be used as both a gift wrap and a fashionable accessory. 

All over the age of 14 are welcome. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
shibori scarf

Instructor:  Sally Garner

SallySally C. Garner is a textile artist and arts educator currently exploring the various opposing forces between nature and humanity through site-specific installation, sculptural basketry and traditional weaving. Within this work, Sally aims to examine our relationship to the environment and our effects on the balances in our ecosystem through the symbolic manipulation of weaving. Sally has shown her work nationally and internationally, in group and solo exhibitions. Her work has received awards from Fiber Art Now, the National Basketry Organization, and Surface Design Association. Sally earned her MFA in textiles at Georgia State University in 2023, where she was awarded the Ernest G. Welch Fellowship, and her BFA in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2013.


10am - 1pm; 2pm - 5pm

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