As Christmas approaches the Tennessee Tech University satellite campus – The Appalachian Center for Craft hosts a Holiday Festival that offers the public the opportunity to view and purchase unique creations by affiliated artists and craftsmen. The craft center has up to twenty-five exhibitions annually that include works of regional, national, and international contemporary art and crafts. Each year, on the weekend before Thanksgiving a premier presentation of artifacts is placed on display. Many media and materials are represented such as painting, glass blowing, weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing, clay pottery, ceramics, metal; even paper, fiber, and cloth creations are displayed.
If you have ever considered cultivating your creative side, or want to try your hand at a traditional craft, Fall and Spring Workshops are available that are designed to give beginners, advanced beginners, and experts a chance to brush up their skill. It is Tennessee’s way of promoting contemporary crafting and preserving old-world sustainable skills. Summer programs also offer three-day weekends or six-day weeks of workshops in professionally equipped studios at the Smithville, Tennessee campus.
The Smithville campus (an extension of Tennessee Tech University) is located south of Interstate Hwy 40 (Exit 273, Hwy 56), approximately six miles from the exit. Then, just after you cross the Hurricane Bridge, turn left onto the drive that takes you to the Craft Center. The center for craft is located on the shores of scenic Center Hill Lake and the campus grounds also has hiking trails, a gift shop, and café accommodations.
The photos that follow represent a previous year holiday exhibition visit, but I am sure the Appalachian Center for Craft Holiday Festival will be even more enjoyable this year.