Local Artists Receive Honors At TACA Tennessee Craft Fair

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Artists braved record lows and rainfall to receive top honors at the 42nd Annual TACA Tennessee Craft Fair, in Nashville’s Centennial Park. After evaluating work of the 190 artists on-site, guest juror Jeffrey Adams of the Appalachian Center for Craft selected Alan Daigre of Readyville, Tn as Best of Show.  

The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, a nonprofit, hosts its craft fairs and presents awards to recognize excellence and propel artists to new heights in their careers. Through craft fairs and other programs, TACA fulfills its mission to encourage, develop and promote craft and craftspeople of Tennessee.” All honorees included:

Best of Show
Alan Daigre, Furniture (Readyville, TN)

Best New Exhibitor
Charles Pinckney, Jewelry (Athens, GA)

Talle Johnson Memorial Award in Clay
Melodie Grace, Clay (Nashville, TN)

Nashville Arts Award
Warner Whitfield, Glass (Ocala, FL)

Merit Awards
Daniel Corban, Furniture (Orlinda, TN)
Shadow May, Clay (Chattanooga, TN)
Mary Beth McClure, Glass (Signal Mountain, TN)
Jane McGinnis-Glynn, Clay (Westmoreland, TN)
Lisa Mergen, Fiber (Nashville, TN)
Sadie Wang, Jewelry (Silver Point, TN)
 
Exhibitors’ Choice
Robert & Dolores Wells, Metal (White Pine, TN)

Jeffrey Adams said, “After viewing all of the work I was left with a clear sense that each piece that leaves Alan’s studio is equal in its refinement and unmatched perfection. The physical ability of the work to respond to each viewer as an aesthetic and interactive work is an exciting threshold for craft. Overall, I was impressed with the caliber and creativity of the work represented this spring. I look forward to attending future TACA events and witnessing the growth and progress of each individual artist’s work — as well as the work of craft in Tennessee and our craft community as a whole.”


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