Experience the Functional Artways of Appalachia with Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17, 2018 as you learn the art of woodcarving from our Artist-in-Residence, master woodcarver Joe Pilkenton. The free event will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm May 14–16 and 12:00 to 5:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm on May 17 at the Town of Unicoi Visitor Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, TN 37692.
This event is part of Tanasi’s one-year project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Functional Artways” refers to art that is both beautiful and created to be useful. In the coming months, Tanasi Arts & Heritage Center will host events exploring metal working and watercolor painting, providing you with the opportunity to meet professional artists, learn new skills, and create memories to last a lifetime.
During Pilkenton’s four days at Tanasi, you will have the opportunity to learn the basic techniques of woodcarving as woodcarver Joe Pilkenton demonstrates his art and craft. . At the Thursday evening special event, Pilkenton will show several pieces of his work, including his shadow carving for the Daniel Boone Wilderness Road Project. He will also talk about his love for woodcarving and answer any questions that attendees have.
What is a challenge to some is only the next step to bigger and better creative thinking for Pilkenton. He enjoys the thought process almost as much as working on the art piece itself. He seeks joy from teaching those who thought they could never do anything pertaining to art. “The greatest reward is when a student yells for the first time, ‘I see it!’” explained Pilkenton. He has enjoyed over half a century of drawing, painting, woodcarving, sculpting, and imagineering. He believes that inspiration is all around us, and you only need to open your eyes.
Register to attend this FREE event on Thursday May 17 by visiting www.tanasiarts.org/event-registration. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. No registration is needed to visit Pilkenton’s demonstration during his Monday through Thursday residency hours. If you need hearing, vision, or Spanish language translation assistance, please fill out the appropriate field in the registration form and your needs will be met at the event.
Do you have a particular interest in woodcarving, need service hours, or just want to help out? You can help with project planning, event set-up, photography, and more. All event volunteers will receive a shout-out on our website and social media outlets as well as be invited to an appreciation party at the end of the year-long project in August 2018. Sign up to be a volunteer at www.tanasiarts.org/volunteer-application.