Spring is in the air! Birds announce the early dawn and each day gets a little longer. Everything outdoors renews, taking perfect form into it’s own singular elegance. It also means the sandals can come out and I can pick new seasonal colors for my toes, I love this time of year!
Besides nature’s flamboyant display, many local artists also get to show off their creative beauty during the month long Dogwood Arts Festival. The festival offers so many events that it’s hard to know where to begin. The different foods offered are excellent as is the entertainment and, naturally, the art.
As I was driving down Highway 62 in Norris the other day, I stopped into The Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center and I’m so happy I did. Why? Well as some of my readers, (God Bless You All), know, I have an affinity for handbags matched only by my lack of storage for them. It’s a girl thing.
Upon entering, the first pieces I saw were the super cool handbags by Sassy Sax. (Thanks Sass!) There is also some beautiful woodwork art from Tim Snow, a resident artist who taught woodworking for 30 years in local high schools. Maryville’s Teresa Rader Giuliani’s wheel-thrown and handmade pottery also caught my eye. Her Flower Pillows serve perfectly as a place to nourish those first precious spring flowers that the kids, or your man brings home to you, if he happens to think of it 😉
The motto of The Appalachian Arts and Crafts center is: “Promoting the Appalachian artist through education and sales.” The work of local and regional artists can be purchased at the Center and numerous art instruction classes are also offered to all artists from the beginner to the professional.
If you haven’t visited The Center in a while, go back soon and if you’ve never been, go right away! I am so proud of the local art we have right here in Norris and of the support given the artists. The ladies at The Center also really know their stuff and I’m grateful to them for happily sharing some terrific information with me. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon taking an art class or just to browse through after your morning hike or fishing trip. Oh, and if you want one of those Sassy Sax handbags, you better hurry.
Hope to see y’all there!
Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center