The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will hold its 26th Annual Spring Benefit, A Celebration of Food and Art, on March 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive, Norris, TN. Tickets are $20. You may purchase your tickets in advance at the Center or at the door. A covered dish dinner, drinks and desserts will be provided. There will be a silent auction including Artist works, baskets of baked goods, food related gift certificates, guided wild flower tour, pizza party, and more. Live music will be provided by The Tuesday Group that plays on Mondays, The Tenos, and the Back Row Boys.
The Tuesday Group that plays on Mondays consists of members from the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club, including Center member Toni Ferguson. The Tenos are a family bluegrass band whose music consists traditional bluegrass, old time, and gospel songs that you will love and enjoy! The Back Row Boys are a group of men who attend the Norris United Methodist Church in Norris. Their music is primarily old hymns, patriotic, and gospel songs usually done a capella. Their voices blend together in a rich vibrant outpouring of the love they have of God and for one another.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center that has been fulfilling its mission by promoting traditional artists and crafts in the East Tennessee area for over 40 years. The Center invites anyone interested to attend Center events, go through the jurying process and/or support the Center by volunteering time, making donations and/or participating in classes. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris, Tenn., one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, call 865-494-9854, or visit our web site, www.appalachianarts.net.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center promoting traditional artists and crafts for over 40 years in East Tennessee. Its shop features items by more than 70 artisans. These handcrafted items include pottery, rugs, blankets, clothing, scarves, purses, candles, soaps, paintings, photography, cards, quilts, children’s items, jewelry, music, musical instruments, decorative glass, stained glass, and the occasional book of poems or stories. They may be knitted, felted, woven, crocheted or sewn; cast, thrown, blown, crafted from native hardwoods, or other local materials. Prices are as varied as the merchandise, so whether you are looking for a simple gift or a larger piece for your home, you will find the perfect selection.
The artist studios are open to visitors. Weavers and quilters meet regularly and are happy to demonstrate floor and table looms or pull down the overhead rack to show their quilt-in-progress. The pottery studio has wheels, kilns, and work space.– Often crafters are in the studio and are happy to answer questions about their work. The Center holds classes all year long. We are always adding new classes for adults and children. Currently scheduled are pottery, weaving, quilting, jewelry, photography, fabric painting, beginning knitting, knitted bracelets, writing, and more. Each summer the center has a week long Kids Camp.