The Murfreesboro Post —
The work of over 80 craft artisans will be available for purchase as The White Oak Craft Fair returns for its 18th year, offering something of interest for everybody who delights in items and products that are individually designed and hand crafted. From 9:00am until 5:00pm, Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, the Arts Center of Cannon County will host the top craft artisans from throughout the region.
This juried event celebrates the traditions of split white oak basket making and chair making that have earned Woodbury, Tennessee the title of “Basket making Capital of Appalachia”. Taking place among the beautiful rolling hills of Cannon County along the East Fork Stones River just down from the Arts Center, this festival is expected to attract record crowds on September 8th and 9th.
The real stars of the fair are the 80+ professional contemporary and heritage craftsmen. Their remarkable works of pottery, jewelry, woodcarving, charcoal drawings, knives, stained glass, folk art, photography, chairs, baskets, whimsical artwork, weaving, woodwork, glass, quilts, wood furniture, swings, wood bowls, scrollwork, walking sticks, watercolor & prints, needlework, ironwork, candles and much more grab the spotlight at this event.
Along with food booths to tempt the palate and quench the thirst, Susan Samford of the Filling Station Cafe will provide great southern cooking with her café’ inside the Arts Center. A distinguished jury will award cash prizes of $1,000 to the crafts artists as a way of promoting quality and integrity in the craft arts.
The White Oaks Craft Fair is sponsored by the Cannon Association of Craft Artists and is made possible in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission. The White Oak Craft Fair is free and open to the public with supervised parking provided with a $2 donation going to the Woodbury Lions Club.
The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes from Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one-hour southeast of Nashville. Office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information check our web site at www.artscenterofcc.com or call 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or 1-800-235-9073.