Appalachian Center for Craft Holiday Festival begins Saturday

Art education students are helping with the Appalachian Center for Craft Holiday Festival starting Saturday.


The festival starts at 6 p.m. and continues through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tech in Smithville.


The festival begins on Friday with a preview day at which all art in the gallery is discounted at 30%.


“The gallery represents over 100 regional and national artists,” programming director Gail Gentry said.


Weekend workshops include children’s crafts which students of art education professor Jeremy Blair volunteered to teach. These activities include making Shrinky Dink ornaments and working with air-dry clay.


The kids craft activities are free and open to all ages.


We’ll have some craft center students teaching workshops who are not my students but are in the school of art and I’ll have some of my art education students… I think we will call them volunteering,” Blair said.


Gentry said community members participate alongside the students.


The festival is one of two festivals held during the year. The Celebration of Craft is held in April. (