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Those who attend the 8th annual Celebration of Craft at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, will have an opportunity to do more than just support its educational outreach programs for regional elementary and high school students.

Afternoon attendees to the Saturday, April 1, event — set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — will also have the opportunity to meet artist and Craft Center student Bennett Davis, whose bachelor of fine arts senior thesis exhibit will be on display in the North Windows Gallery from March 29 through April 1.

Davis’s forged and enameled precious metal jewelry unites images from nature and Japanese tradition because his work is based on symbols from Shinto, an ancient religion based on the belief that nature is sacred.

His “Meet the Artist” appearance is set for 1 to 4 p.m. the day of the Celebration.
Other Celebration events will include narrated demonstrations in all five craft studios — clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood — a silent auction, a fine craft sale by the TTU Visual Arts Society, hands-on craft activities for children and live music by the Cluster Pluckers, Ethan Ballinger Mandolin Ensemble and ABUSUA, TTU’s own West African drumming and dance ensemble.

The Celebration itself is free, but proceeds from the sale of various items will directly benefit the Craft Center’s outreach programs, which benefit more than 3,500 students throughout the region each year.

The event is supported by the Arts Build Communities program and is funded in part by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The Craft Center is located off Interstate 40 at exit 273, approximately 25 miles west of Cookeville and 60 east of Nashville. Turn south toward Smithville on Highway 56, go about six miles and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information about the Celebration, call Gail Gentry at 931/372-3051, e-mail her at or visit the Craft Center’s web site at