The smell of bright green grass and warm air mix with sights of miniscule flower buds and the perfectly plump bees inhabiting them. Centennial Park, the quintessential Nashville image of spring, is shaking off the remnants of winter and greening its grass for the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair. Keeping with the season of new things, Centennial is renovating its grounds this year, giving Tennessee Craft an opportunity to reveal a new layout which will fit more artists at the fair in May.
With the spring smells and sights of Centennial in full bloom, craft artists’ workshops are filled with the same atmosphere. The natural dirt smell of clay is being molded while wood is trimmed and sculpted into place. Smoldering metal is transforming into jewelry and leatherworkers form their materials into beautiful bags. Final preparations are well underway for the 120 artists the fair will showcase this year.
This amount of craft booths will provide no shortage of unique gifts for friends, family and special occasions. The array of craft artists will give fair goers an opportunity to find the perfect gift, while the regulars to locate their favorite artist’s tent. In addition to the abundance of high quality craft, the fair will also include family-friendly activities as well as live demonstrations for our younger crafters in the Publix Kids’ Tent. Visitors can enjoy food from local vendors and speak with the artists to find out what inspires them and how exactly they transform raw materials such as clay, wood and metal into beautiful pieces.
Come out on May 2, 3 & 4 to enjoy the rich history of Tennessee’s craft heritage at Centennial Park. The festivities will take place from 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Nashville’s famed Parthenon will be the backdrop of the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair.
Tennessee Craft is a nonprofit organization working to continue and create our state’s fine craft tradition. Through this event and other statewide programs, Tennessee Craft connects emerging and experienced makers with resources and opportunities to make their mark on our state’s handmade legacy.
Tennessee Craft thanks the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Nashville Scene and other sponsors for supporting their work and allowing them to offer this event free to the public.
Visit www.tennesseecrafts.org for more information.