Arts & Fine Crafts Center

Parks and Recreation Director

Joe Walsh
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Wow! There are certainly a lot of changes here at the Craft Center! Our former director Cathy Maples is enjoying the retired life, and here at the Craft Center we are ringing in a brand new year with some wonderful things in store.

One of the most exciting changes you will notice is a new registration and payment system for our classes. We have been working on implementing this new system for a while, and are now pleased to announce that online registration is live! Our full list of classes can be accessed from You can now choose any class and
follow the link to register from the comfort of your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have; we are here to walk you through every step of this exciting transition.
You will find many favorite and familiar classes taught by beloved instructors in this quarter’s schedule, but you will also find many, many new and exciting offerings!

We are so pleased to welcome Judy Brater, Anne Freels, Jessica Gregory, Jennie Harriman, and Cynthia Tipton to our roster of teachers. These instructors are incredibly talented artists in mediums ranging from corn shuck dolls to felting!

With the dawn of a new year I hope you will take this opportunity to delve deeper into art forms you may already know and love, but also to take a leap and explore something brand new! You never know what new passion might be around the corner just waiting for you to discover!

Hope to see you,


1127B Broadway Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-523-1401
Fax: 865-523-1615


From East Knoxville: Take I-40 Westbound to exit #389 (Hall of Fame Drive). Turn left onto Hall of Fame Drive. At the first light, turn right onto Gill Ave. At the street's end turn right onto Broadway. The Craft Center will be 1/8 of a mile on the left.

From West Knoxville: Take I-40 Eastbound to exit #389 (Hall of Fame Drive). Turn right onto Hall of Fame Drive. At the first light, turn right onto Gill Ave. At the street's end turn right onto Broadway. The Craft Center will be 1/8 of a mile on the left.


Monday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Call to confirm Friday hours,which may vary due to staff meetings and outreach programming).
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Elise Murphy, Director
Lori Laubach, Assistant Director
Cara Valentine, Office Manager
Melody Allen, Slip Casting, Leatherworking
Susan Arbital, Alcohol Ink, Mosaics & Glass
Diann Bishop, Underpainting, Color Theory
Judy Brater, Pottery
Betty Fortenberry, Acrylics & Oils
Anne Freels, Soapmaking, Corn Shuck Dolls
Jessica Gregory, Paper Mache
Anna Gundlach, Clay Sculpture
Jennie Harriman, Youth Art & Woodwork
Susie Holt, Watercolor & Drawing
Sandy Larson, Dance & Yoga
Cathy Maples, Pottery, Upcycled Furniture
Jackie Mirzadeh, Pottery
Nancy Roberson, Fiber Art & Basketry
Michael Robison, Pottery
Cynthia Tipton, Felting


Exhibit PhotoNew for 2016, the Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center is pleased to host an exhibit of artwork from local artists.  This January and February we are very excited to have the beautiful photography of Knox County school teacher and talented artist Karen Wilkinson on display in our performing arts studio gallery.  Karen has traveled all over the world and created a fascinating and rarely-seen body of work from locales near and far.  March through May we will have a unique and vibrant joint exhibit between glass mosaic artist Susan Arbital and painter Matthew Rooney.  You will not want to miss this show filled with brilliant color combinations, unexpected patterns and intriguing textures created with paint, glass, canvas, stone and other mixed media!


Online registration is now available. Please note that no student's space will be held without full payment of all class fees.
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We reserve the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment.Fees are 100% refundable if the class is canceled by Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center, or if a student drops a course ten days prior to the class beginning. No refunds are given after that time.


Call us to schedule your next unique birthday party. We will provide the decorations, balloons, personalized birthday banner and craft of your choice. You bring the refreshments and we do the rest. Call several weeks in advance to schedule.


Scout leaders call us to schedule your badge workshop. We provide everything your students will need to obtain their next badge. Sit back relax and enjoy watching your troop as we educate in a fun way at the craft center.


Birthday parties, small groups, going away parties, church or office get-togethers are always more fun at the craft center. Following breakfast or dinner, stop by for a private class. We feature classes in sculpture with clay, tile making, adult jewelry workshops and more! We plan the class around your schedule, allowing for a unique time with special friends. Call early to book your private party.


For a fun and uniquely different party join us at the craft center. We offer one-hour private parties in ballet, jazz,creative movement, belly dancing, yoga, or our new “body grooves” dance classes. Gentle yoga is also available complete with aroma therapy candles and soothing sounds. Call several weeks in advanced to book your group function or party.