Nestled handsomely in the “peaceful side of the Smokies,” owners of The Shops at Trillium Cove hardly have to do much to make their cluster of shops appealing.
The weekend of Nov. 12-14, however, the shops came alive inside and outside with art, artists, music and refreshments.
The first Trillium Cove Art Walk brought out some of Townsend’s talented artists to show and sell their work. The shops at Trillium Cove provided refreshments, merchandise sale incentives and holiday decorations.
Sara Berry, owner of Trillium Cove Home and Garden, said Southern Fried Gallery owner Amy Rochelle worked hard to coordinate the event, and there was a good response.
Berry said the event was well received, especially considering part of Sunday saw rain showers.
“It went really well,” said Berry. “We felt like it was very successful, and people had fun. We didn’t have as many artists as we would like to have had, but we plan to do it again in the spring and hopefully more will participate. The artists who were there did well.”
Guests got the opportunity to meet the artists in their booths and watch many of them at work. They also got to the opportunity to browse the shops, which offered sales, specials, and the work of featured artists inside many of the shops. There was live music from The Dirty Dougs and Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, gourmet sandwiches with fine wines, beer and cold drinks.
Artists or artisans on hand included: Creative Clay Sculpture and Pottery by Dr. Kenneth Kant in Blackberry Briar; Natural Stone Jewelry by Pat Large in Ravenwood Jewelry; Lampwork Bead Jewelry by Marie Ann Body in Serenity Salon & Boutique;
Fused Glass by Lisa Mueller of Sassy Glass Studio; and Soy Candles by Hannah Turpin of Buzzabee in Southern Fried Gallery; and oil paintings by Suzanna Terrill in Trillium Cove Home and Garden. Artists also displayed their work and gave demonstrations outside in the courtyard on a couple of the days.
The event was sponsored by the Shops at Trillium Cove and Blount Today.