3 Things to Know about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community
If you love the idea of supporting local artists and craftsmen, there is one place you definitely need to visit on your next trip to Gatlinburg. On one stretch of road, you can see the work of over 100 different artists with a variety of items. Here are 3 things to know about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community:
1. “Do The Loop”
On the 8-mile loop road in the community, you can find an assortment of items from paintings to ceramics. This makes it the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States. Not only can you watch all the artists in action, they will be able to tell you all about their own history and the process of making their craft. There is a huge difference in just buying a piece of artwork versus being able to see it made before your eyes. This is also the perfect place to find the perfect souvenir for either yourself or a loved one. With over 100 different stores with homemade gifts, you will have a large selection of items to choose from. Whether you need a new painting to hang in your living room or a ceramic black bear to sit on the patio, you can find whatever kind of craft you need! One interesting fact about the community is that it is on a road designated as the Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The next time you are in the area, be sure to check out all the amazing artwork at the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community!
2. Seasonal Events
The Arts and Crafts Community is home to numerous events throughout the year that showcase Appalachian artwork and unique crafting methods. One of the exciting events that you might see at the community is a hands-on class. While it is amazing to see other people sculpt brilliant masterpieces, how exciting would it be to learn how to do it yourself? Throughout the year, the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community puts on demonstration classes in all subjects including painting, sculpting, and pottery. There are also a number of different art shows held at the community throughout the year where you can get great prices on beautiful pieces. If you are interested in seasonal craft shows, the community puts on an Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas craft show each year at the Gatlinburg Convention Center that is free of charge! This is the perfect time to find seasonal decorations to put around your house that will remind you of the Smoky Mountains!
3. Parking Information
When you visit the Arts and Crafts Community, each individual store offers plenty of free parking. This makes it easier for guests who just want to visit one shop instead of going around the whole loop. You also do not have to worry about having to walk long distances from store to store. All of the individual shops are lined up in close proximity to one another so you can visit multiple stores before having to move your vehicle. If you want to leave your car at your hotel or cabin, the Gatlinburg Trolley has a drop-off spot at the art community. With the yellow trolley route, you can save yourself the hassle of driving and enjoy the ride to see the amazing artists at work!
Now that you know all about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, be sure to check out all the other fun things to do while visiting the area! We can’t wait to see you soon in the Smoky Mountains!