Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community Celebrates Over 75 Years of Smoky Mountain Inspiration

Pottery MakingIn 1937 a band of talented crafters calling the Smoky Mountains home joined together to create The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Wanting to stay as close as possible to the area where both their tools and inspiration came from, the collection of crafters settled down on what is now called The Glades, and set up shop.

Today the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is one of the largest groups of independent artists and craftsmen in America. Consisting of 120 skilled craftsmen and women, the now eight-mile loop in downtown Gatlinburg is a must see for any art lover visiting the Smokies.

Want to see first hand what these skilled Smoky Mountain crafters are capable? Visit The Glade for yourself. There is free and convenient parking, as well as a trolley dedicated to transporting visitors from shop to shop for a low one time fee. Visit the crafty community’s website for a full map of the loop here.

Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community Craft Show

Along with visiting the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, you and your family are more than welcome to join their guild at their annual Thanksgiving craft show running November 26- December 8 inside the Gatlinburg Convention Center. A perfect way to jump start your Christmas shopping, and admission is free. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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About Mal Alder

Mal Alder is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she studied Creative Writing with a minor in Journalism and Electronic Media. Beyond writing, her interests include politics, new technology and anything involving the Smoky Mountains. When she's not at work she can be found at the dog park, a bookstore or a golf course, depending on the weather.