Event Information

Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017---5th Annual

Tri-Cities TN/VA
Kingsport, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 4233928414
Event Dates: 3/24/17 - 3/26/17
Application Deadline: 10/12/16 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $10.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Tennessee’s hand-made legacy continues…
Kingsport, TN------ The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with the NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft (formerly known as TACA) proudly present East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s premier juried Fine Craft Show: 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show and preview party March 24-26, 2017.  Free Carousel rides included! 

Cash award for BEST OF SHOW: $300, 1st Runner up: $150, 2nd Runner up: $100
The Carousel Fine Craft Show features professional craftspeople and artists in a variety of media that will exhibit and sell their own work.  Media categories include Clay, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Manmade Materials, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting/Drawing, Paper, Photography and Wood.
Live demonstrations are encouraged and celebrated at the show. 



General Information
The guest juror for the 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017 is Anita DeAngelis, MFA

Anita DeAngelis joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 1994 where she is Associate Dean for the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founding director of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, currently presenting its eighth season of visual and performing arts events. Her previous teaching positions include Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and Texas A&M-Commerce in Texas. She received her MFA from Arizona State University (printmaking), her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (studio art), and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She has taught drawing, color theory, 2-D design, printmaking, book arts, and a specialized course on the art of the Appalachian region. Anita’s art work includes drawing, hand-made books, printmaking, and letterpress printing, and her most recent work includes drawings of rescued dogs. Her work explores marking systems, depictions of volume and light, and layering color and textures to achieve rich surface qualities. She lives in Elizabethton, Tennessee with her husband and retired racing greyhounds.

The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the ‘Friends of the Cultural Arts’ group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

The NE Chapter of Tennessee Craft, a statewide advocate for Tennessee’s handmade legacy, has partnered with the show to help promote Fine Craft in the region. Tennessee Craft  strives to embrace the passion of the state’s first makers and the organization’s founders by connecting today’s emerging and experienced artists and the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on our state’s handmade legacy.


  • Exhibitors must remain for the duration of the show unless special arrangements are requested at time of application. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to have the display staffed at all times.  Booth sitters are available for short breaks during show times if necessary.
  • Each artist is responsible for paying her/his portion of applicable TN sales tax.
  • Artists may exhibit only in the medium(s) in which she/he was accepted.
  • All artists are expected to dress appropriately. The way you dress will have an influence on your success.
  • Only original work may be displayed on walls. Reproductions should be identified as such & not dominate the booth area. 75% of work should be original, 25% reproductions.
  • No shared/sub-leased booths without prior written permission.
  • Exhibitors must remain for entire show, no early breakdowns. Breaking down early is grounds for being asked to leave and not being invited back to the show.  It gives the wrong message to the customer.
  • Please plan for sufficient inventory.
  • Only handcrafted wares are permitted. No buy/sell or resale items will be accepted: you will be asked to leave without a refund. NO commercial items for resale, kits, imported or consigned goods.
  • “Sale” signs and “% off” signs and “Buy one get ____” signs and offers forbidden.

Booth Information
This show is entirely indoors. All booths are 10’x10’. Booth fee is $200.  Double booths are available for $400.  Pipe and drape is provided.  Backdrops and other means of personalizing the booth by the exhibitors are encouraged.  Booth sitters are available for short breaks during show hours if needed.  The show facility has easy accessibility and load in/out access which make it very simple to set up and tear down displays.  Cars must be moved from loading zones once loads are complete.

The site of the Carousel Fine Craft Show: The Kingsport Farmers Market has quickly become a favorite location for social gatherings in Kingsport.  An original building of the former Kingsport Press, the historic setting provides a unique backdrop for events such as weddings, fundraisers and festivals.  The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel which opened in July 2015.  The Kingsport Carousel features 32 hand carved, hand-painted platform animals, rounding board scenes of regional history, as well as paintings of birds, wild flowers and butterflies all painted by the Kingsport community.  Work for the Carousel began in 2010 and has involved over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors.  Rides on the Carousel are included with any ticket to the Carousel Fine Craft Show.