TACS keeps the creative spirit alive for the holiday season

Published 12:49 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

TRYON—In the spirit of the season, Tryon Arts and Crafts School has kept the weekdays and weekends filled with artistic exploration. For example, over the December 2 and 3 weekend, the school hosted four dynamic programs, each offering a unique opportunity for students to unleash their creativity and discover new artistic passions.

Weaving looms came to life under the expert guidance of Priscilla Yeager. Thanks to the generous support of the Polk County Community Foundation, locals immersed themselves in six weeks with the ancient craft, free of charge, resulting in their first intricate textile designs.

Spartanburg artist Ashley Gilreath led an enchanting journey into the world of enameling. Also subsidized by a Polk County Community Foundation grant, participants discovered the magic of transforming simple metal into vibrant, personalized jewelry.

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Bernard Edwards brought holiday cheer to TACS’ wood shop, guiding participants in carving whimsical holiday mice. Edwards inspired attendees to craft one-of-a-kind festive treasures that will bring whimsy and originality to their homes for generations to come.

The art of glass beadmaking with a torch took center stage in a workshop with Deb Rich. Participants sipped coffee and sampled pastries donated by Tryon Coffeehouse Co-Op as they delved into the mesmerizing world of molten glass. Each student was taught to safely craft beads under the warm glow of the torch.

For 2024, TACS has planned another year of opportunities for the community to come together, learn, and practice heritage and contemporary arts and crafts. The school has already confirmed approximately 200 multi-week classes, special weekend workshops and independent study sessions. 

Individuals seeking a transformative journey are encouraged to explore the diverse arts and crafts classes at TACS. The school welcomes seasoned artists and beginners alike. Each class is an opportunity not only to create aesthetically pleasing pieces but also to create lasting memories and friendships. All are welcome to join TACS in celebrating the beauty of human ingenuity and the joy found in the art of making. 

Pre-register at tryonartsandcrafts.org.


Submitted by Will Barclift