The Fall Tennessee Craft Fair
Fifty & Fabulous Centennial Park • September 25–27
by Sally Schloss
Artist award that year. “What’s not to like?” he said. “The show is just the right size, has a great vibe, attracts a lot of people who are educated in the craft arts, and it’s beautifully organized. The way they have it set up, the way it runs, and how it’s administered is phenomenal. It’s a pleasure for both exhibitors and attendees.”
ennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) has been an artist-driven, non-profit organization nurturing the craft traditions since 1965. With more than 600 members throughout the state, its mission has always been to support Tennessee’s craft makers and connect them with their audience through fairs, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Teri Alea, the Executive Director of Tennessee Craft, is committed to making the fairs relevant to upcoming generations o f e x h i b i t i n g a r t i s t s . “ M o re yo u n g craftspeople are exhibiting this year,” said Alea. “We have a Master/Artist Apprentice Program in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission that encourages emerging makers to learn traditional and contemporary skills f rom master-level crafters. Passing on this knowledge will ensure that new talent will be a continuing part of our community.”
Forty-five to fifty thousand discerning craft lovers from around the U.S. attend Nashville’s Spring and Fall Craft Fairs each year.
“The Tennessee Craft Fair represents an ongoing romance with the hand made,” said Virginia Fisher, a first-year exhibitor whose work combines metalsmithing with fiber techniques. “It has a great reputation for placing emphasis on the art, unlike other shows where you’re competing with babies performing tap routines on stage.” Married potters Dale and Brin Baucum met at the Tennessee Craft Fair forty-three years ago. “We have repeat customers three generations deep,” Dale said. “Exhibiting at the fair is like getting together with family and friends.” Woodturner Richard Dwyer, who began exhibiting in 2010, won the Best Emerging
Dale and Brin Baucum
September 25 to 27, two hundred juried exhibitors will have their works on display at the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair. Come celebrate Tennessee’s fifty-year love affair with finely wrought objects, ardently made by hand. For more information, please visit www.TennesseeCraft.org.
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This month's cover is our very own Nancy (comic strip) drawn by Guy Gilchrist.