Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
Aug 28, 2012
Arts lovers may want to mark their calendars for this weekend, when the 8th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival returns to the Smokies. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, this three-day event runs August 31 through September 2 and showcases the diverse talents of artists from around the nation. The festival takes place on the campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg.
Participating exhibitors are chosen by jury to compete in 16 categories ranging from ceramics and glass to watercolor and woodworking. $10,000 in prizes and purchase vouchers is at stake. Admission is free for visitors, who get the opportunity to enjoy great fine art, free children’s programs and live music performances. Artists will also be on hand to meet and greet festival attendees.
While the event is free to visitors, proceeds from registration fees will benefit Arrowmont as well as the Sevier County Arts Council and the Gatlinburg boys & Girls Club art program.
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.