Would you like to go on a great arts and handcrafts field trip? During our visits to the Smoky Mountains each year I try to visit new artists and galleries each year while looking for my old favorites. Many of the artists manage their own shops and are happy to talk with children about their art or handcraft. Usually you will find some demonstrating their craft in an attached studio or workshop, such as the potters at Alewine Pottery and the artists at The Cliff Dweller’s Gallery.
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is home to “the largest group of independent artisans in North America. This historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frameable art, oils and watercolors…” – Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Web Site
If you are considering a trip to the Gatlinburg area to visit the 8-mile arts and crafts loop, you may find the following articles helpful.
Copyright 2012 Kathryn Depew