Howard, a veteran exhibitor at Hamblen County’s largest annual festival, uses a rich variety of colors and styles in her creative labors — spending around 30 hours a week practicing her craft and creating original works of glass art.
Typically, Howard produces commissioned pieces and nearly 40 smaller pieces for her festival display; and is known for fashioning items such as boxes, hummingbird feeders, lamps, picture frames, angels, and fused glass jewelry.
Howard is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artisans and Craftsman (Berea, Ky.), the Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center (Hindman, Ky.) and the Sheltowee Artisans Guild (Somerset, Ky.). She is also listed with the Kentucky Artisans Heritage Trail, ArtistsRegistry.com, and 4CultureRegistry.com.
Mountain Makins is a folk-life festival that celebrates the heritage of Appalachia through traditional music and dance, storytelling, regional authors, fine art, juried crafts, skilled demonstrations, a variety of delicious food, children’s activities and much more.
More than 65 juried crafters are expected to show their best works at this year’s crafts festival. Crafters will exhibit throughout the Rose Center, an 1892 school building which is now an historical museum and cultural arts center, and on the surrounding grounds.
Throughout both festival days, storytellers and demonstrators of mountain crafts like hide tanning, broom making, blacksmithing, woodturning, quilting, basketweaving, and apple-butter making, will be featured.
Stained and blown glass, beekeeping, clay sculptures, fiber art, fine art, dried flowers, jewelry, bath products, oils and herbs, pottery, wood furniture, and gourd art will too be available for festival attendees.
There will also be games, crafts and activities especially for children. Two stages of live music will be ongoing and a variety of dances are scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Authors will be available to the public for conversation and to sign their publications.
The festival will begin with a Preview Reception on Friday, October 22, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Preview is open to anyone who wants first choice of the high-quality, juried crafts being offered at this year’s festival. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The purchase of a preview ticket is also a weekend pass into the festival. Tickets for Preview Night are $25 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase a ticket, stop by the Rose Center office, call 581-4330, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival is open on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult; children 6-12 years is $1; and children younger than 6 are admitted free.
The Mountain Makins Festival was the recipient of the Southeast Tourism Award of Excellence in 2004; listed as a “Great Escape” by the New York Times in 2002; and named by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event In The Southeast for October 2001 and most recently for October 2008.
More information is available at www.RoseCenter.org