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Fine Craft Show, Brass Ring Gala coming soon

Community contributor • Feb 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

KINGSPORT — The fourth annual Carousel Fine Craft Show and Brass Ring Gala is scheduled for the weekend of March 18-20.

The event will be held at the Kingsport Farmers Market and is co-hosted by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Tennessee Craft. For tickets, visit www.engagekingsport.com.

The craft show features professional craftspeople and artists from across the Southeast, showcasing items from a variety of media. The three day event will feature fine furniture and woodwork, ceramics and metal art, jewelry, glass and textiles on exhibit and for sale to the public.

The public is invited to talk to the artists and watch live demonstrations. Officials say there will only be high quality, handmade wares, with no imported or commercial items allowed.

Fine craft refers to the production of art or goods reliant on the maker’s skill, technique and dedication to the art. Fine craft is skillfully fabricated and displays the maker’s expertise and attention to detail.

In addition, fine craft shows use a jury method for choosing artists, which is a rigorous and competitive process that ensures only high quality work will be for sale. This year the Northeast Chapter of Tennessee Craft — a statewide advocate for Tennessee’s handmade legacy — has partnered with the show to help promote fine craft in the region.

Day passes for the craft show are $3 for one day and $5 for two days. The Brass Ring Gala preview party opens the show with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity for the public and juried fine craft artists to have an exclusive meet and greet and to share food, music, shopping and community spirit.

The cost for the Brass Ring Gala is $50 per person, which includes a weekend pass to the show.

The Carousel Fine Craft Show continues on March 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and will feature interactive children’s art activities, live craft demonstrations and talks by various exhibiting artists and members of the community.

Tennessee Craft provides direct support to artists year-round through professional development workshops, regional programming, scholarships and mentor opportunities. The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) was founded in 1965 to encourage, develop and promote crafts and craftspeople in Tennessee.

Tennessee Craft strives to embrace the passion of the state’s first makers and the organization’s founders by connecting today’s emerging and experienced artists and the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on our state’s handmade legacy.

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