The Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival earlier this spring combined traditional arts with more modern artists in one of the newer events at the Townsend Visitors Center.
Jeanie Hilten, special events coordinator with the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the March 17-19 event brought together the arts of weaving, spinning, knitting and crocheting and showcased modern artists and their talents.
“The demonstrations were great, and people were able to view how fiber materials are made,” she said. “They also got to see border collies herding. Fiber art is a connection between the past and present, and it was a neat thing.”
Hilten said the Convention and Visitors Bureau staff worked closely with the Townsend Artisan Guild and Fine Arts Blount. “They really organized events, demonstrations and classes, and we hosted the event at the Visitor’s Center and Townsend Elementary School,” she said. “It was a good community-sharing event.”
Hilten said that, like the Winter Heritage Festival, Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival was an opportunity to shake off the winter blues and learn new things. “We had people coming from as far away as Alaska to take classes. And people came to the mountains to learn about Smokies,” she said.
Additional sponsors included Miss Lilly’s Café, PetSafe and Bearly Rustic Cabin Rentals.