The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community Showcase in the Smoky Mountains is the ideal place to discover all the wonderful local artisans and their wares. Over 120 craftsmen are situated along this eight mile loop. All are eager to show you how they create their special handcrafted items, answer your questions, and give you an opportunity to purchase their creations. The several studios, shops, and galleries are intermixed with cafes, and there is plenty of free parking throughout the area. Open all year round, you can watch sewing, painting, casting, carving, and weaving among other crafts.
At Alewine Pottery you’ll see these beautiful pieces being formed on a pottery wheel right before your eyes. Watch from start to finish how they design wonderful window panels, sun catchers, and nightlights at Baxter’s Stained Glass. Byrnes Woodcrafters has everything from whirligigs to cedar chests, all made on site. If you’re looking for handcrafted leather belts, bags, or holsters, try Country Cobbler. These artists can even fill orders within one day while you continue to shop the trail. At Gatlinburg County Leather and Gallery, one will be completely immersed in the Native American Culture. Stroll through this shop while becoming inspired by the Native American music and crafts. Take time to stop by Hills Creek Gallery and Glass Studio, and allow J Hills to amaze you with his ability to create spectacular glass works of art.
This is just a very small sample of what to expect as you roam around the loop. You’ll also discover a very talented group of painters. Working in everything from water colors to oils, the pieces displayed in shops such as Bearfoot Art Gallery and Artist’s Attic will leave you in awe. The Apple Tree Gallery showcases many local artists, including works that depict area attractions. In addition you’ll enjoy quilts, baskets, jewelry, candles, brooms, and so much more.
The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is easy to find. Turn at traffic light number three, and travel on Highway 321 North for three miles. This is where the eight mile loop starts. Visitors can also ride the Trolley to one of the Arts and Crafts Community stops along the trail. Maps are available for your convenience that lists the names and locations of each shop and studio around the loop.