The Tennessee State Fair will hold several demonstrations and exhibits to showcase Tennessee’s arts and crafts heritage.
“We are thrilled to have local artists showcase their crafts at the creative arts exhibition at the fair,” said Bill Mullins, Tennessee craft artist manager for the Tennessee State Fair. “We have several opportunities for fairgoers to see local artists demonstrate their skills and it will add to a great fair experience for all ages.” “Being able to demonstrate and share these crafts helps carry on the tradition and supports the Tennessee State Fair Association mission of education.”
The artisans who will demonstrate at the fair are sponsored this year by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Tennessee Department of Tourist
Development and individual board members of the TSFA. Sponsorships assist to award honorariums to help the craft artists with travel, materials and educational costs.
The craft artists’ demonstrations will be presented both Saturdays and Sundays of the fair, as well as Sept. 8-9. Check the fair website at tnstatefair.org for times.
Some of the artists, exhibits and demonstrations will include:
• woodturning with the Tennessee Association of Woodturner, which will share techniques on turning wood, finishing wood, safe woodworking practices and proper tool and equipment use.
• artists from The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op and Galleries will demonstrate their talents and skills at both the potter’s wheel and hand-building with clay. Using different techniques and decorating styles, the artists will share their process and answer questions about their art.
• handweavers from the Handweavers Guild of Nashville will demonstrate weaving a chenille scarf on an eight-harness floor loom, fabric on a 4-harness floor loom and more. Table looms will also be available for children to experience weaving up-close and personal.
The 108th Tennessee State Fair will be Sept. 5-14 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The first Tennessee State Fair took place in 1869 and was held at the old fairgrounds at the end of the W. End Ave. streetcar line. In 1906, the fair was moved to its current location and has been held annually, except for four years during World War II. For more information about the Tennessee State Fair, visit tnstatefair.org.