Bell Buckle Art & Music Festival

Friday, September 14, 2007

A new Bell Buckle festival is hitting town today and runs through Sunday as the Bell Buckle Art and Music Gallery festival is introduced to the community.

As a part of the event there will be juried competitions in the fields of wood turning, ceramics, and glass where winning artists will earn prizes totaling $3,000 for the best in each class. The event is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Art Gallery and Bell Buckle Café.

The show is set to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25 per family or $10 per person, which includes admission for the entire three day show and a horse-drawn wagon ride. Food will be provided by Bell Buckle Café.

Miss Tennessee will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday for photos and autographs. Saturday's musical performances will include Dixie Delights and an evening performance by Exile. Tickets for Exile are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. On Sunday at 2 p.m., Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike will perform.

Bob Crutcher, Bell Buckle Art Gallery owner and wood worker is the organizer the festival and is also sponsoring it.

With 34 years experience as a contemporary furniture maker, Crutcher has numerous national awards to his credit, including a 2001 and a 2005 winner of CWB magazine's artist of the year competition, which chooses 5 winners each year out of 8,000 nominees.

The small town has a reputation as a gathering place for noted artists such as sculptor Russ Faxon, mosaic artist Sherri Warner Hunter and potter Anne White Scruggs. According to Crutcher, holding a fine art show in Bell Buckle was just a natural progression of the town's already well established reputation.

Wood turners including Judy Ditmer, Steven Potts, Gary Bowes of Canada and Guy Michaels will have work on display and for sale. Judy Brater-Rose, Lewis Snyder and Beth J. Tarkington are just a few of the ceramic artists who will be featured. Glass artists have also registered for the event including Dutch Schultz, Allen Holmberg of Canada and Callahan McVay. 

Works by the artists will be for sale with each artist allowed up to three pieces to display. Price ranges for the pieces are from $100 to over $25,000.

For more information and reservations, call Bell Buckle Art Gallery at 389-0004.