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Stories told by hand­­: Festival to showcase fine crafts

A group of handmade artisans known as Tennessee Craft will feature fine crafts for sale during the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough this year. The group of artists, formally known as the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, has had local crafts at the Visitors Center for more than 15 years. Tennessee Craft will be represented by 10 members this year with items including fiber, jewelry, woodworking and oil painting. 
 Fiber artists: 
• Darla Beverage creates handwoven clothing using cotton, rayon, linen, silk and other fibers and focusing on color and texture. She modifies traditional loom-produced shapes to enhance fit and drape. Fringe adds to movement and carries forward the folklore of protection. All of her garments have been washed and are hand-washable.
• Bonnie Boochard, Busy Bee Studio, creates hand-knitted shrugs, shawls, scarves and vests.
• Janet Odendahl, Triple T Workshop, makes quilted patchwork, oriental and southwest themed jackets as well as tote bags.
 Jewelry artists: 
• Lynn Perry, Corona Art Glass, produces earrings, pendants, bracelets, brooches and other non-jewelry items by firing glasses and enamels in a kiln. Cold-working or grinding with diamond-impregnated materials is also employed to achieve the shape and smoothness of a piece.
• Ken Yearwood creates jewelry from wire and wire-wrapped stones. He uses recycled electrical wire for most of the casual pieces, and sterling silver wire to wrap unique gemstones for the more formal pieces. He makes pendants, necklaces, rings and bracelets. 
• Tami Moore loves creating jewelry using unusual freshwater pearls, gemstones and sterling silver and makes many of her sterling findings in a jewelry kiln. She also loves to design custom jewelry.
• Kathryn Jenkins makes a variety of handcrafted copper, silver and brass jewelry, some with natural stone or glass accents. Additionally, felted, fabric, and hand dyed accessories such as scarves and brooches will be highlighted.
Woodworking artists:
• Richard Dwyer is a woodturner who makes one-of-a-kind bowls and urns from burls and other figured wood.
• Lee Eldredge turns hand-crafted multi-colored pepper shakers along with other utilitarian items for the home, and all with an ornamental design element on each piece.
Oil on Panel artist:
• Mary Nees is a locally known and internationally experienced artist and teacher.  Her work is an abstraction of landscape built on an engagement with creation’s Creator.
All their work will be available at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 2-4, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.