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Touchstone Center for Crafts

Youghiogheny

Touchstone Center for Crafts

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Location Details

PHONE: 800-721-0177
ADDRESS: 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. (SR2003)
Farmington, PA 15437
HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

Event Details

Hammer-in; Art Auction

Description

Just like the mountains themselves, the traditional crafts that have grown up in the shadow of the Appalachians are both beautiful and rugged. Preserving the heritage and fostering the artistry of such age-old trades as blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, and wood-working is the mission of Touchstone Center for Crafts.

Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council in Mill Run, Pa., the Center now occupies 150 acres at the site of the former Camp Dunneback in Farmington. Featuring eight state-of-the-art studios, a gallery/gift shop, a library, 20 rustic cabins, camping sites, two recently built dorm units, a dining hall, and nature trails,Touchstone is the only residential arts and crafts facility in the state.

Touchstone’s mission is to bring aspiring as well as accomplished artists and master craftspeople together amid the inspirational surroundings of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Each year, starting in May and ending in September, weeklong and weekend courses in blacksmithing, metalsmithing, jewelry making, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, papermaking, basketry, oil and water- color painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and glassmaking are taught by many of North America’s most renowned artisans. With class sizes often restricted to just 12 students, the opportunity for hands-on learning is limited only by time and imagination.

Traveling from virtually every state in the United States, students arrive ready and willing to learn. Part of the learning process includes nightly lectures and/or slide shows presented by the instructors. Instructors and students are encouraged to donate some of their work to the Touchstone Art Auction, held every Thursday evening from June through August and open to the public. Touchstone also offers summer programs for pre-schoolers, kids 6 to 12 years old, and teens. College internships and student work–study programs are offered, as well as field trips for nearby public schools.

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