Enriching lives through art and craft

By Hands, Heads, and Hearts: The Evolution of Craft in the Mountain Hamlet of Gatlinburg

October 1 – 31, 2014 | Loggia Gallery

Making things by hand has always been part of the way of life for those living in the Appalachian Mountains. In Gatlinburg, Tennessee this holds true for those who have always lived here, especially during the Industrial Revolution when the area was still quite isolated. These strong-willed folks were self-sustaining and crafted everything they needed to carry on the work of their lives; chairs for sitting, baskets for carrying, brooms for sweeping, weaving for bed covers and clothing. In the context of an arts and crafts revival that took place in the early 20th century, and fueled by the formation of a settlement school founded by the women of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity, these traditions lived on and were passed down from generation to generation. The exhibition By Hands, Heads, and Hearts: The Evolution of Craft in the Mountain Hamlet of Gatlinburg highlights this rich history, tracing it from its roots to the modern day. The exhibition is a celebration of the resilience and creativity expressed in the lives and work of these people. On view at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts October 1 – 31, 2014 in honor of the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival’s 10th anniversary, the exhibition will take viewers on the journey of one small town’s development into a community of artists and craftspeople.

Curated by Stefanie Gerber Darr, and Frances Fox Shambaugh

This exhibit was made possible byThe Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival and the Tennessee Arts Commission


ART WORKSTENNESSEE ARTS COMMISIONTENNESSEE FOR THE ARTSTennessee Specialty License PlatesEAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATIONWindgate Foundation Arrowmont is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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