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Arts & Entertainment HandMade in America expands craft labs

Labs expanded to enrich artistic entrepreneurship to more of WNC

The Craft Lab, a series of monthly lectures given by the staff at HandMade in America has engaged craft artists of all levels to take their work to new heights. Offered the second Tuesday of each month at HandMade in America in Downtown Asheville, the success of the workshops have created a demand for classes in Stecoah and Burnsville.

A variety of workshops help tackle problems the career artist often experiences. Topics include how to best display their work, engage visitors, increase sales, how to create a budget and price your work. A morning and afternoon class will be held each day at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 121 Schoolhouse Road in the Stecoah Community between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Lunch can be purchased in the Schoolhouse Café in between sessions. The following Craft Labs are scheduled:

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Craft Labs:

Sept. 14 - Pricing Your Work (10-12pm); Budgeting (1-3pm)

The Energy Exchange in Burnsville will be hosting Craft Labs in the evenings from 6-8 pm. Join Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod and Director of Craft Entrepreneurship, Kari Rinn as they introduce topics to artists in the Burnsville area.

Burnsville Energy Exchange Craft Labs:

Aug. 25 - How to engage a Visitor in Your Studio (6-8pm) Gwynne Rukenbrod and Kari Rinn

Sept. 8 - Pricing Your Work (6-8pm) Kari Rinn

Sept. 22 - Arranging and Selling For Your Booth (6-8pm) Gwynne Rukenbrod and Kari Rinn

Oct. 6 - Why Buy HandMade? (6-8pm) Gwynne Rukenbrod

Oct. 20 - (6-8pm) Budgeting (6-8pm) Gwynne Rukenbrod and Kari Rinn

Nov. 17 - How to Get Your Work Seen (6-8pm) Gwynne Rukenbrod and Kari Rinn

HandMade in America believes in the power of the handmade object to transform both individuals and communities through economic development, education and tourism. HIA has an 18- year tradition for pioneering innovative ways to empower the people and towns of Western North Carolina through programs that educate and facilitate the needs of creative entrepreneurs and communities. Additional information is available online at www.handmadeinamerica.org or by calling (828)252-0121.


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