Country music icon Tanya Tucker is the honorary chairman of the third annual Tennessee Craft Week, which kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 15.
The event coincides with American Craft Week and highlights handmade artwork.
“The art of handmade crafts is a Tennessee legacy that intensifies each year,” reads a news release from Tennessee Craft, the sponsoring organization. “Crafts, born from the hills of the Smoky Mountains, are evolving with artists using contemporary materials, ingenious ideas, and new ways of handling the raw materials. Handmade crafts are bringing local communities together, driving economic impact across the state and creating a desire for tourists to get a glimpse of Tennessee.”
Nearly 75 official events are planned for this year, with hundreds of artists involved.
Tennessee Craft Executive Director Teri Alea said Tucker “embodies the spirit of these artists with her singular dedication to her music, crafting beautiful performances, and impacting people’s lives with her talent.”
Artwork will be on display across the state at visitor centers, studios and galleries, parks, libraries and other venues. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, ceramics, mosaics and more. Some venues will include demonstrations and sales.
For a list of events, visit tennesseecraft.org/tennessee-craft-week/2017-craft-week-events-list.