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Turchin Center hosts Handmade Market March 28

Article Published: Mar. 25, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Turchin Center hosts Handmade Market March 28

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts continues to host cutting-edge displays of art in the High Country, and on Sunday, March 28, the ASU Arts Management Organization will present an exhibition of locally made crafts there.

The 2010 Boone Handmade Market is the Arts Management Organization's main fundraiser for the year, and Brook Bower, assistant curator for the TCVA, said the market was a great opportunity to see some of the eclectic work of both students and local artists all in one place and to support the local art scene.

"The handmade market was an idea that came out of a brainstorming session for the Art Management Organization," Bower said. "One of the students had participated in these events all over the state and asked, 'Why isn't there one in Boone?'"

While not actually a TCVA event, Bower said the Turchin Center was more than happy to donate the space for the show and sponsor the event.

The items that will be exhibited include nearly the entire spectrum of handmade goods, like clothing, handmade books, gift cards, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, painting and even homemade sweets and cupcakes from a Watauga High School student. The event was designed to include not only student vendors, but notable local artists, as well.

Peter Connell from High Country Glass will be exhibiting glass art, while Lynne Townsend of Lynne Townsend Photography will present her work, which is typified by images of the beauty of the natural environment around the Boone area.

The one-day event will feature 36 vendors, all locals and students who live in the High Country.
Bower said the Handmade Market's aim was not only raising the year's funds for the Arts Management Organization, but that they also wanted to particularly exhibit local art, in true "buy local" spirit.

"This is a great chance to help a club whose goal is increasing awareness about the art world on campus and in the community," Bower said. "We invited local downtown stores to participate to help bridge that gap."

The proceeds from the Handmade Market will be used to sponsor other similar events in the coming year. Bower said she hoped events like the Handmade Market will help strengthen ties between ASU and the community by showcasing the work of students and local artists side by side.

Bower also noted that based on the success of this Handmade Market, more may follow in the upcoming summer and fall months.

"The Handmade Market is an event we've had a lot of response from so far," Bower said. "Hopefully, we will be able to do this again for the summer and fall seasons."

The Arts Management Organization is an active club at ASU whose main goal is the promotion of the arts both on campus and in the community as a whole. The group is currently partnering with Koncepts Hookah Lounge on King Street to promote student artists by hanging their work in local businesses. The Arts Management Organization's membership is open to both students and community members, who wish to see the arts promoted in the High Country.

The Boone Handmade Market is taking place Sunday, March 28, at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, located at 423 W. King St., from 1 to 5 p.m. All vendors accept cash or checks for purchases, and some can take credit cards through Pay Pal. Attendance to the event is free of charge.

For more information and a complete list of vendors, visit the Art Management Organization's Web site at, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Web site at, or contact the ASU Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs at (828) 262-6084.

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