Are you looking for an outdoor experience that celebrates the arts? Look no further than Touchstone’s Annual Open House on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM — an extraordinary event that brings together talented artisans, inspiring art exhibitions, live music, captivating demonstrations, hands-on activities and a vibrant community of art lovers. With its commitment to showcasing the finest craftsmanship, Touchstone invites you to step into a world where creativity knows no bounds.
Situated in the mountains of the Laurel Highlands, Touchstone Center for Crafts’ Open House is an annual event eagerly anticipated by residents and visitors alike. Each year, Touchstone curates a stunning and lively event that showcases the incredible range of talent found within our community. From intricate pottery and sculptural masterpieces to delicate jewelry and skillful blacksmithing, every medium is explored and celebrated.
The event takes place on Touchstone’s beautiful woodland campus, which is a place where creativity thrives. As you step on campus, you'll be greeted by a warm and welcoming community, charming buildings, a rushing stream, towering trees, and luscious campus green. Once you visit the exhibition galleries and artist studios, you will know why Touchstone is recognized as a world class mecca for craft enthusiasts. The atmosphere is alive with creativity, as artists and visitors engage in lively discussions, sharing their love for all things art.
Due to limited parking on Touchstone’s campus, visitors should park at Christian W. Klay Winery (412 Fayette Springs Rd.) and take the free convenient shuttle buses to campus. Shuttles will run from the Winery beginning at 10:30 am, until final departure from Touchstone at event closing. Parking at Touchstone will be limited to accessible parking only. Touchstone’s woodland campus is made up of gravel walkways, grassy areas, and uneven terrain. Please call 724-329-1370 if you have questions about accessibility. We love pets but can only permit service animals on campus.
One of the unique aspects of the Open House is the opportunity it provides for visitors to interact with the artisans and community partners from the region. As you stroll through the campus and studios, you can engage in conversations with the talented individuals who pour their passion and skill into each creation. They are more than happy to share their techniques, inspirations, and stories behind their artwork, offering invaluable insights into their creative process. Community partners will be on hand to share resources and answer questions about other fine cultural attractions in the area.
The event offers a range of artist demonstrations and activities, allowing participants to gain hands-on experience in various artistic disciplines. Whether you're a novice looking to explore a new craft or a seasoned artist seeking to refine your skills, these interactive sessions provide a nurturing environment for learning and growth. From ceramics, glass, and painting to metalsmithing, blacksmithing, and more, Touchstone caters to a diverse range of interests and skill levels. If you find yourself longing for more, learn about Touchstone’s date nights and seasonal workshops.
Apart from the visual and interactive experiences, Touchstone’s Annual Open House goes the extra mile to engage all your senses. The aroma of freshly fired ceramics and the sound of metal being shaped into intricate forms create a multisensory environment that further immerses you in the world of artistic expression. Adding to the ambiance, live music creates a vibrant atmosphere that brings people together in a joyous celebration. Additionally, a delectable array of local cuisine and beverages are available, ensuring that you can savor the flavors of our community while appreciating the fine craftsmanship on display.
The Open House is not only a celebration of artistry but also an opportunity to support local artisans and the wider arts community. Many of the showcased pieces are available for purchase, allowing you to take home a unique and cherished artwork that embodies the essence of our region's creativity. By investing in these one-of-a-kind pieces, you contribute to the sustenance of the arts and encourage the artisans to continue their creative journeys.
Touchstone’s Annual Open House is more than just an event—it's a testament to the transformative power of art. It fosters a sense of belonging, inspiring connections between artists, visitors, and the wider community. It reminds us of the significance of human expression and the impact that art can have on our lives.
So, mark your calendars and prepare for an enchanting experience that will leave you inspired and in awe. Touchstone’s Annual Open House is an invitation to explore the boundless world of artistic mastery, where creativity flourishes and imaginations soar. Come, witness the magic, and become a part of a vibrant tapestry of art and community.
The event is sponsored by EQT, Nemacolin, and many other individuals and organizations. More information at TOUCHSTONECRAFTS.ORG