Craft Center and Spankies host annual Bacchanal, support art

The Appalachian Center for Craft will host its annual 2009 Bacchanal: A Celebration of Art, Food and Wine on Sunday, Oct. 25. The event will be hosted by Spankies Restaurant, located just off campus at 203 E. 9th St., from 1-5 pm. The live auction of art and fine craft begins at 2:30. “Last year’s Bacchanal was the most successful in the history of the event,” said Ward Doubet, Craft Center director and Bacchanal committee chair. “The growing response to the Bacchanal has included increased attendance, financial contributions and the exquisite work donated for the auction – all in support of emerging young artists at Tech.”

Guests can indulge in the extensive selections of beer and wine accompanied by a decadent cocktail buffet. They can enjoy live jazz music and join in the exciting auction of art and fine craft in support of Tech’s art students and programs.

The event is to support and celebrate emerging young artists and support University programs for students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs. BFA degree concentrations include Art Education, Clay, Fibers, Glass, Metals, Painting and Wood.

“As the Bacchanal grows, we are expanding support to programs that promote art student successes and attract top-notch students,” said Jane Dudney Roberts, promotions and development manager at the Craft Center and Bacchanal coordinator. “Our students continue receiving recognition by placing as finalists and winning highest honors in regional and national competitions, including the NICHE National Student Award Competition, the International Woodworking Fair and International Student Competitions at professional conferences.”

“The Bacchanal’s generous supporters continue to donate artwork, funds, products and services, as well as their immense talents, to the event,” Doubet said. “The planning and execution of the Bacchanal is a prime example of a successful partnership between the community and the University that provides extensive opportunities for our students,”

Advanced reservations may be made until Friday, Oct. 23, for $40 per person. Guests will also receive commemorative wine and pint glasses and complementary valet parking. For reservations call or email Shannon Terry at 931.372.3051 or sterry@tntech.edu.