One of the wonderful things about Wilderness Wildlife Week is getting to see local artists, crafters, and more! I enjoyed being able to talk to local artists who have a passion for traditional crafts. cw3We live in a wonderful area where we have access to viewing local crafters at work, artists creating and we can witness the old ways of making wonderful treasures! The Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg is full of so many talented people! I got to meet several while attending Wilderness Wildlife week! cw2 The Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Everyone should visit the 8-mile loop that's been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. While at Wilderness Wildlife Week today, I got to watch some of the talented ladies at the Smoky Mountain Spinnery as they wove and created amazing things with wool. I was fascinated by some of the talented people who could weave, marbleize leather, paint, carve wood and create unique pieces inspired by the rich history of the Smoky Mountains. From the amazing works of Rhonda who creates traditional rug hooking, to the fabulous hand crafted pottery made by Tommy at Pigeon River Pottery, there's truly so many talented people at Wilderness Wildlife Week to see!! cw1I felt it was quite a treat to watch all of these artists at work! Many of these talented artists can be found at Cliff Dweller's Gallery in Gatlinburg, in the Arts and Crafts Community. Wilderness Wildlife Week is a wonderful time to connect with people who care about our heritage here in the Smokies. It's a place to meet with conservationists, artists, musicians and outdoor enthusiasts. If you want to hike, bird watch, craft, explore or create, don't miss out on these EVENTS going on until the 22nd! ~ Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals