Appalachian Arts Craft Center unveils website to support mission
Appalachian Arts Craft Center has unveiled a new website that also features online shopping.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center connects artists, art seekers and art supporters with one-of-a-kind handmade Tennessee arts and crafts for sale, and offers classes for all levels of interest and ability.
The mission of the nonprofit organization is to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales and community involvement. “Our loyal customers who have supported us for decades and new customers we’ve yet to meet, now have the option of purchasing many of our gift shop items on-line and touch-free,” says Susan Sweetser, Board President of the Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) in Clinton/Norris.
The center, which has provided a nurturing and supportive gathering spot and sales opportunities for local artists since 1970, recently renovated its on-line presence. “Staff and volunteers spent many hours creating an enhanced experience for our supporters and customers who are searching for locally-created, handmade arts and crafts or classes to create their own art,” says Ashley Pegram, AACC Executive Director.
The new website, which can be found at Appalachianarts.net, includes an extensive online shopping platform, where shoppers can find more than 150 unique items of art, ranging from fine jewelry to pottery to nature photography to handwoven textiles and much more. Offerings will be regularly updated and expanded. AACC is promoting the newly improved platform by offering free shipping on any order over $75 using promo code AACC21, for a limited time.
The online store compliments the AACC gift shop located a short distance off Exit 122 on I-75 in Norris. Shoppers looking for a “hands-on” and COVID cautious experience can still find over a thousand products created by the center’s 60 juried artists at the shop. “All AACC staff, artists and volunteers follow CDC recommendations, including wearing masks, and we ask our shoppers and class participants to do the same,” says Pegram.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center connects artists, art seekers and art supporters with one-of-a-kind handmade Tennessee arts and crafts for sale and classes for all levels of interest and ability.