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Featuring the work of blacksmiths from the southeast and beyond, this exhibition offers craftspeople the opportunity to show their work in a place known for its blacksmithing community. Historically, the exhibition runs in conjunction with the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival. Spruce Pine Main Street, in collaboration with Penland School of Craft and Toe River Arts, hosts the festival every year on the last weekend in April. The public can explore vendor tents for goods for sale, observe live demonstrations, or try their hand at blacksmithing at scheduled hands-on workshops. Every year, the Fire on the Mountain Festival asks a renowned metalworker to join the festival as its Featured Artist Blacksmith. This year’s featured blacksmith is Rick Smith.
Featured demonstrators at Fire on the Mountain are Adam Atkinson, Frankie Flood, Glen Gardner, Lisa Geertsen, and Jason Knight.
There will be cash awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and an emerging artist award. Winners will be announced at the reception on Friday, April 28.