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Celebration of Craft at the Appalachian Center for Craft April 7

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Matthew Vick carves a bowl in the wood studio at the Appalachian Center for Craft.

The 20th Annual Celebration of Craft will be held Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee.

This free, family-friendly event gives the community an opportunity to immerse themselves in art at the Craft Center. Go behind the scenes and watch live studio demonstrations, chat with current students and alumni and meet our faculty, staff and artists in residence.

Kids can choose from a number of hands-on crafts in which to participate and get a taste of what students learn while enrolled at the Craft Center. Activities include folding and dyeing paper, paper making, tempera enameling, stained “glass” lantern making, and tie-dyeing T-shirts. Those who tie-dye T-shirts may either bring their own white T-shirt or buy an event t-shirt for $8.

Event goers can also browse work by Craft Center student and alumni art vendors and stop by the retail gallery where everything is 25 percent off.

Live music will be performed all day from the TN Tech Jazz Ensemble, The Ballinger Family Band and Spoonful. Food vendors at the event will include Blue Water Grille on the Hill, Big Tony’s Pizza, and Country Boy Gourmet Kettle Corn

While enjoying the Celebration, visitors also have an opportunity to give back. Those who have a passion for pottery or have always wanted to give it a try can create a bowl for Habitat for Humanity. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the educational art outreach programs at the Craft Center.

For a full schedule of events visit The Appalachian Center for Craft’s Facebook page.