Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival Offers 46 Classes in Fiber Arts, Vendors and More

TOWNSEND, Tenn. – The ninth annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival weaves its way April 20-22 to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.

The weekend event, organized by the Townsend Artisan Guild, offers 46 instructional classes by fiber arts professionals, family activities, demonstrations, live animal displays such as alpacas, llamas, angora rabbits, sheep and goats. More than half of the 46 classes are new for 2018.

Twelve instructors are returning, including internationally renowned Geri Forkner, with nine new instructors. Classes include hands-on instruction on spinning, dyeing, crochet, embroidery, felting, knitting, weaving, color theory and more. Classes are kept small for individual attention and most are designed to complete a project during the class time. Early registration for classes is encouraged.

Two Girl Scout Workshops designed around badge requirements, including Outdoor Art Apprentice for “Cadettes,” ages 12-14, and Textile Artist for “Seniors,” ages 15-16, will be offered on Saturday, April 21. While designed for Girl Scout groups, these programs are open to all youth. All interested youth are asked to register early as the number of participants is limited. Visit www.townsendartisanguild.org/girl-scout---youth-programs.html.

The popular Marketplace of Vendors is made of 40 vendors from East and Middle Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and more. Thirty vendors are returning, and an additional 10 new vendors will display their fibers, tools and finished products. All will share their expertise and demonstrating tools and techniques during the Festival.

The 2018 Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the Blount Partnership, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

About The Townsend Artisan Guild

The Townsend Artisan Guild, founded in 2007, brings fine artists and fine crafts persons together to promote education and development of arts. The group, through the individual participation of its members, strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops. The Guild provides member artists opportunities for self-promotion through art shows, exhibits, community activities, and printed and electronic means. Monthly meetings and other events provide members a creative forum to share ideas, to inspire others, and to explore business realities. In 2015, the Guild opened a Gallery to exhibit and sell the original works of its artists. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s located at 7719 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, TN.

For classes and more information, visit www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org.

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