WHEN: March 18-20, 2016
WHERE: Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport Carousel
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Tennessees hand-made legacy continues-¦

KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with the NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) proudly present East Tennessee and Southwest Virginias premier juried Fine Craft show: Carousel Fine Craft Show and The Brass Ring Gala preview party March 18-20, 2016. Free Carousel rides included!
The Carousel Fine Craft Show features professional craftspeople and artists in a variety of media that will exhibit and sell their own work. There will be excellent 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. There will only be high quality, hand-made wares, with no imported or commercial items allowed in the show. This is a Fine Craft show; similar to ones held in Asheville and Nashville, featuring artists and craftspeople from throughout the Southeast. We have an abundance of talent in this region and are very proud to showcase it.
Fine Craft is different from Arts & Crafts. 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. This is a rigorous and competitive process that ensures that only high quality work will be for sale. This year the NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft, a statewide advocate for Tennessees handmade legacy, has partnered with the show to help promote Fine Craft in the region.
Tennessee Craft, formerly known as TACA, 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 states first makers and the organizations founders by connecting todays emerging and experienced artists and the public with‚ resources and opportunities to make their mark on our states handmade legacy.
The‚ Carousel Fine Craft Show will‚ be‚ held‚ from‚ March‚ 18th‚ through‚ March‚ 20th,‚ 2016.  Day passes are $3 for one day and $5 for two days. The Brass Ring Gala preview party opens the show with‚ live music,‚ hors‚ doeuvres,‚ and‚ the‚ opportunity for the public and our juried fine craft artists to have an exclusive meet and greet; and to share bard, music, shopping and community spirit. Cost of the Brass Ring Gala is $50 per person, which includes a weekend pass to the show.
The Carousel Fine Craft Show continues on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am- 5 pm each day, and feature interactive childrens art activities and live craft demonstrations and talks by various exhibiting artists and members of the community.
Site:‚ ‚  The Kingsport Farmers Market has quickly become a favorite location for social gatherings in Kingsport. An original building of the former Kingsport Press, the historic setting provides a unique backdrop for events such as weddings, fundraisers and festivals. The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel which opened in July 2015. The Kingsport Carousel features 32 hand carved, hand-painted platform animals, rounding board scenes of regional history, as well as paintings of birds, wild flowers and butterflies all painted by the Kingsport community. Work for the Carousel began in 2010 and has involved over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors. Rides on the Carousel are included with any ticket to the Brass Ring Gala Preview Party and the Carousel Fine Craft Show.

Regular operating hours of Kingsport Carousel:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Birthday Parties & Private Rentals: (423) 392-8418