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thumb glassbeadP1050166Holiday shopping the weekend after Thanksgiving does not have to be full of chaos.

At Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft Holiday Festival, shoppers can browse fine craft by local and regional artists, eat a meal created by an award-winning chef, and even try their hands at creating works of art themselves. 

The Craft Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Nov. 23-25.

Craft Center faculty, artists in residence and other artists will be on hand to give demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in woodturning, basketry, dollmaking, quilting, painting, ceramics, weaving and glass blowing.

More adventurous visitors will be able to try their hand at creating art themselves in workshops starting at 10 a.m. led by other Craft Center artists. Each workshop lasts between an hour and an hour and a half and costs $20. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the workshop. Visitors can learn to marble a scarf, make glass beads or enamel copper.

The workshops are sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft, and proceeds will support outreach programs for fifth- through twelfth-grade students to participate in workshops and demonstrations during the school year. More than 1,000 students visit the Craft Center every year through the programs.

The Craft Center's galleries will be full of exhibitions, including the wood department's pentannual exhibition in Gallery One. The show illustrates the range of work produced in the studio, and includes a range of unique and gently modified reproductions of furniture design. Students and staff will be in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss the show with visitors.

For more information, visit the Holiday Festival website or call (931) 372-3051 or (615) 597-6801.

The Craft Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 23. The Center will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.