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If authentic craftsmanship and original artwork is what you seek, Gatlinburg is exactly the place to be. This crafty community is home to hundreds of skilled craftsmen and talented artisans making it the nation’s largest organization of independent artists.  

Twice a year the arts and crafts community and craftsmen from all over the United States come together to display and sell their work. This summer marks the 45th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair July 10-20 at The Gatlinburg Convention Center. The fair starts at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Sundays when it begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Past artists include:

Larry Burton – Award-winning artist from Townsend

Sand Hensly- Jewelry designer

Charles Adams – Stained glass artist

Vicki Smith – Children’s Clothing

Jane and David Anders – Hand painted ceramics

What makes this event so special is the variety and uniqueness of the work that the craftspeople present. Each participant is subjected to a critique to ensure the quality and originality of their work. Many demonstrate their skills at the booths where people can see first-hand how their crafts are created and the process involved to complete them.

Entertainment is provided with live country, gospel and bluegrass music shows at 12, 3 p.m. daily. Some performers include, Tim Watson, “The Fiddle Man” and Dennis Lee & Band. Kids also have an opportunity to show off their artistic side by participating in the new children’s area where different art projects will be available to them such as making necklaces, painting birdhouses and participating other exciting hands-on crafts.

It is truly amazing what people can create with their hands and the Craftsmen’s Fair is definitely the place to witness real skill and purchase original work. Seeing the time and effort that these talented people put into their craft will absolutely blow you away. So make sure to come and see the final product this weekend at the Craftsmen’s Fair.