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2023 Events

Annual Membership Meeting


Current members may join the Zoom meeting to review the year’s accomplishments, elect board members, and plan for the new year.



SATURDAY, AUG 19 | 10am - 4pm
Between 2 Rivers Artist Trail Event

Take a ride through Fayette County, PA in the extraordinary Laurel Highlands and discover artists and studios along the Between 2 Rivers Artist Trail. On this self-guided tour, private studios are opened so visitors can engage with local artists, see how they work and what inspires them, and buy beautiful original pieces. Our artists work in ceramics, mosaics, metal, glass, fiber, jewelry, paint, and more. Enjoy as much of the trail as you please and spend an inspired day Between 2 Rivers!



The Between 2 Rivers Artist Trail & Studio Tour is made possible through a collaborative effort between Touchstone Center for Crafts, National Road Heritage Corridor, and Fayette County Community Action Agency. By joining forces, these organizations aim to foster artistic appreciation and support within the community. The event is funded in part by the Fayette County Tourism Grant Program and Progress Resources, Inc.


To make the most of the Between 2 Rivers Artist Trail, interested attendees can visit the official event website,, where they can download the map, find studio locations, and learn more about the participating artists. The website serves as a comprehensive resource for all event-related information, ensuring visitors have a seamless and enjoyable experience.

The best day of the year to visit our campus!


Annual Open House


Touchstone invites you to get creative on our campus at our annual Open House! This free, family-friendly event is THE day to visit Touchstone, where you can learn about our seasonal workshops and date nights, tour studios, watch artist demonstrations, shop artist pop-up shops, view gallery exhibitions, hear more about community offerings through our partnering organizations, enjoy live music, and participate in hands-on activities for adults and kids alike.


Held rain or shine, join us via a free shuttle bus from nearby Christian W. Klay Winery. The event is free and no registration is required. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.



Contact Touchstone if your organization would like to sponsor or participate in the event.

Pike Days Paint Out

Artists of all skill levels are invited to participate.
$30 Adult (18+) Participant
$15 Youth Participant (Under 18)
Free to Observe

RAIN OR SHINE (Sorry, no refunds)


Get outside and get inspired! Join us – rain or shine – at the scenic Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalkhill, PA or the historic Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville, PA. Touchstone is partnering with National Road Heritage Corridor for the third annual outdoor painting event. Be inspired by the mountains and valleys in the beautiful Laurel Highlands during the Annual Pike Days Festival.


With Demonstrations and Prizes!


Artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to register in advance and bring their own art supplies to paint, draw, and/or photograph the beautiful surroundings alongside other creatives. Following the event, participants can have their work photographed with a chance to win prizes.


All are welcome to observe and enjoy demonstrations by nationally known artists. There is no cost or registration required to observe.


Click to Learn More about the event

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a beautiful and inspiring day of art, demonstrations, and fun!

Two locations! Mountains and Valleys

Bill Pfahl Painting of a Farmhouse

Artwork by William Pfahl, 2022


This event is supported by Remake Learning Days and the National Road Heritage Corridor.


MAY 19-21 (FRI-SUN)
SNAG x Touchstone


Join SNAG on Touchstone's campus in Farmington, PA for an inspiring weekend of presentations and demonstrations forging connections between metalsmithing and blacksmithing. Meet and engage with established and emerging artists.


The weekend begins the evening of Friday, May 19th and ends after lunch on Sunday, May 21st. Details about participating in the Pop-Up Student Exhibition and Tailgate Tool Swap & Artists Market forthcoming.


Touchstone's facilities can accommodate around 100 people, so registration is limited, but this allows for an intimate experience. Registration includes communal meals at Touchstone: dinner Friday, breakfast + lunch + dinner Saturday, and breakfast + lunch Sunday. Limited, affordable lodging is available on Touchstone's campus, including camping. There are also a number of off-campus lodging options in proximity to the campus.


Keynote Speaker & Demonstrator: Erica Moody

Demonstrations by Rachel David, Peter Braspenninx, Rachel Kedinger

Artist talks with Andrew Thornton (member of Touchstone's Board of Directors) and Willow Zietman, Glover Marfo, Sachi Nasatir 



Thank you to everyone who joined us for an inspiring weekend of presentations, demonstrations, and networking!

In partnership with

Campus Cleanup


Help needed! Please complete the 2023 Season Volunteer Interest & Availability Survey if you would like to volunteer for Campus Cleanup. Our staff will follow up to confirm your participation, identify any constraints, and provide you with more details. We greatly appreciate your time.


Complete the Online Volunteer Application Form

Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm ET

Free Artist Lecture with Theda Sandiford:
Free Your Mind - Public Textile Social Justice Art Project


Hosted by MidAtlantic Fiber Association

Sponsored by Touchstone Center for Crafts


Free Your Mind  is a public textile art project aiming to collect, exhibit, embed and release personal narratives about Microaggressions in a multi-sensory installation. Learn more about the exhibit being displayed at the MAFA 2023 Conference (June 22-24, 2023) at Theda’s lecture for MAFA Virtual on March 28, 2023, at 7 p.m. Eastern.  This lecture is free, please register in advance.


Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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