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November 17, 2017

Grainger County residents to demonstrate skills at Mountain Makins 


MORRISTOWN – Grainger County will be well represented at the 42nd annual Mountain Makins Festival at Rose Center in downtown Morristown, Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. 

Carmalitta Dixson Barbour, of Blaine, will be on hand with her fine wire-sculpted jewelry work in precious metals and precious and semi-precious gemstones. More than 10 years ago, Dixson discovered the ancient art of wire-wrapped jewelry through a video she purchased while shopping online for supplies she needed for a tin-smithing class. Since that time, she has taken classes at some of the best craft schools in the country, including Arrowmont and the Appalachian Center for Crafts.  

Kathy Davey, of Rutledge, a veteran of the festival, is returning this year with her glasswork, silversmithing and beaded jewelry. She has also shown her works at the Farmer’s Market in Market Square, Knoxville and the Oak Ridge Pilots Club Crafts Fair. 

Sheri Shanks, also of Rutledge, joins the festival for the first time this year. Sheri makes baskets for practical use. Her sturdy designs are both lovely and functional. Sheri uses reed and sea grass in her work. Sheri also makes jewelry from copper, silver and stainless steel.   

Also new to the festival for 2017, Thorn Hill resident Marily Williams will have her beautiful and intricately designed jewelry and beadwork. Marily specializes in off-loom bead weaving. Her work ranges from casual to fine wearable art, which utilizes precious stones and metals. Marily lived in Italy for a time, and her love of Mediterranean patterns is visible in her work.       

Rose Center is Morristown’s signature landmark, and the Mountain Makins Festival is its largest event. The festival was named “2016 Best Festival” by Southeast Events and Festivals Association and features 60 juried artists and craft artists, who will have their work for sale in the building and on the grounds.  

Storytellers and demonstrators of traditional mountain crafts will be adding to the fun both days. Live music in a variety of styles will be performed from two stages throughout the weekend. Area dance groups will also perform. 

Games, crafts and activities, especially for children, are a favorite part of the festivities. 

The Mountain Makins Festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult or $8 for both days and $1 for children six to 12 years of age. Children younger than six are admitted free. 

The festival is held in the building and on the grounds of Rose Center located at 442 W. Second Street in Morristown. For more information about the Mountain Makins Festival, contact Rose Center at (423) 581-4330, or visit www.facebook.com/mountainmakinsfestival.  

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