Second Saturday starts at Smithville

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Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft will start its spring Second Saturday series on Valentine's Day.

Jewelry-making demonstrations, workshops for children and adults and discounts in the Goldenrod Gallery will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 14.

"We have a beautiful array of handmade gift items in the Goldenrod Gallery," said Jenn Cole, gallery manager. "Visitors will be able to find perfect gifts for their Valentines."

All jewelry will be 20 percent off from Feb. 8-14 and, in honor of National Heart Health Awareness Month, all items in the retail gallery featuring hearts will be 20 percent off all month.

Local artists Kip Kniep, of Monterey, and Susan Thornton, of Watertown, will offer fine jewelry-making demonstrations during Valentine's Day in the retail gallery.

"We really appreciate local artists like Kip and Susan. We love showcasing their meticulously crafted jewelry," Cole said. "They are so talented and are always willing to demonstrate their creative process.

"We have a fantastic selection of jewelry for men and women, including necklaces, earrings, cuff links, tie tacks and more."

During Second Saturday, children ages five and older can try their hands at jewelry making from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during free Craft Academy workshops. They will be able to learn about and use sgrafitto techniques on metal, which are inspired by Jime Bove's exhibition of fine jewelry at the Craft Center.

Adults will be able to participate in a one-day 3-D printing and fiber basket making workshops. No experience is necessary and all materials and lunch at the Craft Cafe are included in the $75 fee. Pre-registration is required.
The café will serve baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches and specials throughout the day.

Visit or call (931) 372-3051 for more information or to register.
The Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Center for Craft.

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