Did you know Sandra Sue Messer started out painting on an everyday household item?

Last week we launched a series on Facebook and YouTube to feature various craftsmen in our fairs. We know so many people come to the fairs in July and October to shop and enjoy art and craft demonstrations. The best part of the experience is probably getting to meet and talk to the artisans themselves. We hope this series will help to highlight the incredible talent of these individual business owners. You may even get to visit a few of their workshops (see video preview below).

We wrote about Bev’s Bags recently; that coincided with the first video in the series which ran on Monday, August 12th. Blog This week’s video features Sue, a self-taught painter (see below).


Sue Messer painting at a recent Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Sue shared her beginning inspirations as an artist in the video. Click here to view Sue Messer’s video from the July 2019 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair.

Just today we shot some photos and video with Johnny Glass at his workshop. He is, incidentally, a glass blower! His company is called Glass by Glass. (Face Nerd GIF by JoyPixels)

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Johnny Glass screenshot from Facebook Live on another hot day in Tennessee. We were shooting for an upcoming video, part of the Craftsmen Spotlight series on YouTube and Facebook.

Our own Bronwyn Blodgett is preparing the video with Johnny to share soon. She shot part of it at the fair in July, and more was shot today. Click here for a little preview shot from Facebook Live today. We will probably go back in the coming weeks to get some night video–the fiery furnace will show up great at night!

We hope you will enjoy the series, get to know our artists and artisans a little better, and share these with your friends.

Our next fair is right around the corner: October 10-27, 2019 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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For more information, click this link to go to the home page.

We hope you will join us there for the best family fun, shopping, music and more!

Map to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.