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Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Qualla Arts and Crafts

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Qualla Arts & Crafts weaponry created by a Native American artist. Image courtesy of

TOWNSEND, TN — Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is hosting a traveling exhibit, "Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation" in its Proffitt's Gallery space inside the Main Gallery of the Center. The exhibit will be on display from now until the end of November 2015 and is sponsored by the Blount Partnership.

Qualla Arts & Crafts, Cherokee North Carolina, is the oldest Native American artists cooperative in the U.S. The exhibit was curated by Western Carolina University and opened in conjunction with the 65th anniversary of Qualla. Western Carolina University is located located in Cullhowee, North Carolina. The art of the past and present Cherokee artists is rooted in culture and place. The exhibit showcases the work of several Cherokee artists, including Joel Queen, Karen George, Fred Wilnoty, Geraldine Walkingstick and Davy Arch. Visitors to this exhibit will experience the innovation of Cherokee artisans, with objects ranging from archaeological artifacts to contemporary crafts.

Admission is free for Heritage Center members, Adults $6.00, Seniors 60 plus and children ages 6 - 17 $4.00, children 5 and under are free.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located 3/4 mile east of the traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM.

Published August 22, 2015

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