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2022

Tractor shows, anniversaries & music: Here are the summer events happening around Somerset

May 25, 2022 - Daily American; Written by Beth Ann Miller

 

Somerset, PA – Touchstone Center for Crafts Open House. This free family-friendly is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 at Touchstone Center for Crafts, located at 1049 Wharton Furnace Road in Farmington. Event is scheduled rain or shine. Visitors can...

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Open House Media Release

May 17, 2022 - from Touchstone Center for Crafts

 

“TOUCHSTONE’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND 50th ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF”

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Students representing BCAT shine at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh

May 16, 2022 - The Courier Express

 

Written by Alex Nelson – Morgan Redrup from DuBois Central Catholic High School shows her hollow construction ring design that won her an award and a one-week $1,250 scholarship to Touchstone Center for Crafts at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Exhibit...

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Touchstone Center for Crafts looks forward to Golden Anniversary

May 12, 2022 - Observer-Reporter

 

Washington, Pa. – Marketing manager, Dean Simpson, said the annual Open House, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, will serve as the kick-off for this year’s 50th anniversary...

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Touchstone Center for Crafts looks forward to Golden Anniversary

May 12, 2022 - Herald-Standard

 

Uniontown, Pa. – Since its founding in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, the Touchstone Center for Crafts has been offering craft education on a wooded 150-acre campus located in Farmington...

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PAEA Region 1 Mixed Media Portraiture with Julia Castor

Apr. 1, 2022 - All Events

 

Farmington, Pa. – Join us at Touchstone Center for Crafts, PA's premier craft school, as we explore mixed media portraiture with instructor, Julia Castor...

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Community Focus: Touchstone Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

NBO Basketry+ Magazine; SPRING 2022 | ISSUE 84 - National Basketry Organization

 

Just like everyone else, 2020 was a shock for us,” said Lindsay K. Gates, Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. “But in a way, the timing of the pandemic was good, because the very day everything shut down was the same day we kicked off our strategic planning and facility evaluation.” With programs gone virtual and residencies limited due to COVID-19, Touchstone Center for Crafts leadership had time to delve deeper into what artisans and artists love about the nationally recognized school and its 150-acre woodland home.

 

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Celebrating Women in the Laurel Highlands Who Made History

Mar. 24, 2022 - GO! Laurel Highlands

 

Laurel Highlands, Pa. – Since 2018, Lindsay Gates has served as the executive director at Touchstone Center for Crafts, a craft school celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022...

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Touchstone Center for Crafts 2022 Workshops

Mar. 15, 2022 - Ceramic Arts Network

 

FARMINGTON, Pa. – Weekend and 5-day Immersive Craft Workshops (June-September), Community Wood Firings, Scholarships, Internships, Residencies...

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Vision 2022 | Creator Square in for a 'reboot', ACRE partners set to choose first cohort of creative entrepreneurs

Feb. 26, 2022 - The Tribune-Democrat

 

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – by Russ O-Reilly; The partnership of Creator Square, Touchstone Center for Crafts in Fayette County, Johnstown Area Regional Industries and Bridgeway Capital – a Pittsburgh-based social impact investor – is piloting a program in Johnstown that could later be used in other west-central Pennsylvania mill towns.

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Artistic showcases | Bottle Works exhibitions feature pieces by 'a few of our own'

Feb. 20, 2022 - The Tribune-Democrat

 

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – by Kelly Urban; Two shows are kicking off the exhibition season at Bottle Works... from the collection of artists, two new studio artists, Ondra and Albright are featured in the exhibition. Ondra is a metalsmith and an alumna of Touchstone Center for Crafts.

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It Takes a Village | Organizations pulling together for the sake of the village

Feb. 17, 2022 - Pittsburgh Urban Media

 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Organizations featured in this section are offering scholarships, internships and job openings to help sustain the Village. Touchstone scholarships provide opportunities for many deserving individuals of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds to attend workshops each year.

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2022 Destination Guide by GO Laurel Highlands unveiled

Feb. 14, 2022 - The Daily American

 

Laurel Highlands, PA - by Madolin Edwards; “Touchstone Center for Crafts” celebrates Pennsylvania’s premier craft school’s 50th anniversary in 2022.

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Remake Learning Days Across America

Feb. 10, 2022 - Remake Learning

 

Remake Learning Days Across America is an innovative learning festival for families and youth! Taking root in regions across the nation, these hands-on and engaging events are designed for kids of all ages at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers and more. This year’s festival is from April 22 – May 23, 2022.

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2021

2021 News is currently being updated.

 

Arts program shows veterans how to turn their uniforms into healing paper

Nov. 9, 2021 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pittsburgh, PA - by Bob Batz; Sean Monahan participated in a workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Fayette County, called Frontline Paper. He and fellow veterans made paper from their military uniforms and turned it into art works, including this journal, which his mom, Holly Monahan, will use as a gratitude journal. 

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Touchstone will bring back the Frontline Paper workshop in August of 2022. Now accepting applications. Click to learn more.

 

2020

August, 2020

 

Farmington, PA — Touchstone Center for Crafts is excited to announce a grant award from Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina. The Craft Futures Fund grant will be used to help fund Touchstone’s Virtual Open House on Saturday, September 26th.
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Touchstone Center for Crafts For virtual studio tours, artist talks and demonstrations, visit https://touchstonecrafts.org/virtual-events/. Please join us online for a free Virtual Open House on Saturday, September 26 from 11AM-4PM. 
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Aug 11, 2020 – Center for Craft

Touchstone Center for Crafts Our Open House is going virtual. Nothing beats visiting our campus and watching live demonstrations, but perhaps touring our studios, watching demonstrations, and interacting with artists virtually will actually reach more people than our typical event does…
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Touchstone Center for Crafts For virtual studio tours, artist talks and demonstrations, visit https://touchstonecrafts.org/virtual-events/. Please join us online for a free Virtual Open House on Saturday, September 26 from 11AM-4PM. 
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July 19, 2020 – NEXT Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA —For its next virtual Artist Happy Hour event, Touchstone Center for Crafts is welcoming metalsmith, Marlene True, executive director of the Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, N.C. …
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July 5, 2020 – NEXT Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA —For its next Artist Happy Hour, Touchstone Center for Crafts is welcoming jewelry designer Maia Leppo for a conversation, demonstration and studio tour…
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A Collaboration Announcement

  • June 6, 2020; Touchstone Center for Crafts is excited to be part of a group of museums and cultural institutions from across Southwestern Pennsylvania that is collaboratively preparing our organizations for safe re-openings. 
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#BlackLivesMatter

June 2, 2020; Touchstone Center for Crafts stands in solidarity with the Black community and 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.

May 28, 2020 – Uniontown Herald-Standard; By Alyssa Choiniere

UNIONTOWN, PA — Touchstone Center for Crafts made a difficult decision to close its doors for the 2020 season due to COVID-19, but the center is reaching a broader audience online via virtual tours with artists from across the country…
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May 25, 2020 – NEXT Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA — Touchstone Center for Crafts and East End United Community Center are teaming up to host potter Dan Tomcik as part off their new virtual…
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May 21, 2020 – NEXT Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA — Touchstone Center for Crafts is bringing the work of talented artisans right to you. During its new Artist Happy Hour Series, potter and Pittsburgh native…
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LAUREL HIGHLANDS, PA — This week, take a virtual tour of Touchstone Center for Craft’s Studios (blacksmithing, ceramics, printmaking, drawing/painting, jewelry, glass…
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Airport Exhibition News Release…

  • 03-09-20: Touchstone’s 2020 Instructor Exhibition Travels from Allegany County, MD TO Allegheny County, PA.

Mar 6, 2020 – Herald-Standard; By Amy Fauth

UNIONTOWN, PA — The officials of Touchstone Center for Crafts believe that anyone with artistic … especially by enriching their skills and knowledge of arts and crafts….
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Feb 27, 2020 – BCTV.org

KUTZTOWN, PA — Kutztown University proudly announces the six art students selected and awarded the 2020 Summer Workshop Scholarships… Nieberlien will travel to Farmington, Pa., for Chasing and Repousse at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Nieberlien connects the acquisition of technique…
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Feb 23, 2020 – Remake Learning

Touchstone Center for Crafts Educators’ Retreat. Join other educators for five days of immersive learning and sharing professional art studios, …
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Feb 17, 2020 – WFMZ Allentown

KUTZTOWN, PA — A half-dozen Kutztown University art students are being given the chance to study under master artisans… Nieberlien will attend Touchstone Center for Crafts in Fayette County….
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Feb 4, 2020 – Herald-Standard; By Amy Fauth

UNIONTOWN, PA — In addition, Touchstone Center for Crafts also received three grants – a $20,000 marketing grant, $2,106 capital grant and $5,000 operating grant….
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Feb 4, 2020 – Recreation News

MILLERS ISLAND, MD — Feb. 1-29. More than 20 of the region’s premier artisans will exhibit work representing the arts of blacksmithing, ceramics, metals and jewelry, glass…
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Jan 31, 2020 – Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany Arts Council, 9 N. Centre St., will exhibit the work of some of the region’s premier artisans during its Touchstone Center for Crafts exhibition.
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Exhibition News Release…

  • 01-30-20: The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to be exhibiting the work of some of the region’s premier artisans during its Touchstone Center for Crafts Exhibition.

2019

Dec 4, 2019 – Jen Allen Ceramics Blog: jenallenceramics.com

Maia Leppo and I are once again teaming up to co-teach a ceramic jewelry workshop in the Laurel Highlands of PA. Minutes from Fallingwater (Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic home) ……
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art in school

Dec 1, 2019 – Herald-Standard ; By Rachel Basinger

Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington recently held an event for educators with Remake Learning to highlight the importance of integrating art into education…
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Nov 7, 2019 – Halstead Blog; by Kelli Vanyek Greene

The Craft School experience is designed to be a brief stay at a retreat campus where serious artists can explore a craft while enjoying a beautiful place and the company of like-minded peers…
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The bureau’s 2019 Tourism Employee of the Year award was presented to Dean Simpson, the marketing manager for Touchstone Center for Crafts
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Oct 14, 2019 – The Tribune-Democrat; Mark Pesto


Oct 9, 2019 – TribLive ; Shirley McMarlin

Tourism Employee of the Year: Dean Simpson, marketing manager for Touchstone Center for Crafts. The award celebrates someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty in serving a business or organization.
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Oct 12, 2019 – 90.5 WESA ; The Confluence Podcast

On today’s program: Touchstone keeps traditional crafting alive in the Laurel Highlands; The Bellefield Tower is the last remnant of a community; …
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Oct 11, 2019 – Wiki.ezvid.com , The World’s Video Wiki

Studying art can be engaging and fulfilling for kids and adults alike. Taking the time for creative pursuits boosts creativity, relieves stress, and keeps the mind active. The organizations listed here make it easier for people to be more artistic, no matter their skill level or financial situation. Whether you’re a Pennsylvanian looking for a new hobby or a patron of the arts, consider supporting these five groups…
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Oct 10, 2019 – Herald-Standard ; By Rachel Basinger
Image courtesy of Frontline Arts

Administrators with Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington have desired to offer the benefits of arts and creating to as many groups as possible over the past years…
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Oct 9, 2019 – laurelhighlands.org ; by Anna Weltz

LIGONIER, Pa., (Oct. 9, 2019) – Nearly 160 members of the tri-county’s tourism industry gathered Tuesday night in the lodge at Laurel Mountain Ski Area in celebration of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau’s 61st annual dinner…
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Oct 8, 2019 – Daily American

…Dean Simpson, marketing manager for Touchstone Center for Crafts, was named Tourism Employee of the Year.
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September 5, 2019 – Herald-Standard ; By Rachel Basinger

Those looking to see, not one, but two amazing art exhibits close to home, can take a drive through the scenic Fayette County hills to the Touchstone Center for Crafts
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WEBINAR: Americans for the Arts

Recorded On: 08/19/2019 – Americans for the Arts

What do you need to think about when considering building retreat-style experiences for artists? This Coffee Chat with Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts, discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more.
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August 15, 2019 – Daily American

Touchstone Center for Crafts recently welcomed more than 30 educators to the first educators’ retreat. This special week of programming is designed …
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Educators Retreat News Release…

  • 08-08-19: Educators gather at Touchstone Center for Crafts for a creative week of professional development

New Touchstone Exhibit explores artists’ ‘Mutual Understanding’

July 31, 2019 – TribLive

Artists Adrienne Heinrich of Murrsyville and Judith Musser of Bedford will display their works in “Mutual Understanding,” a joint exhibition opening Aug. 2 at…
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July 16, 2019 – Remake Learning

The Educators’ Retreat at Touchstone Center for Crafts provides a week of professional development that will enhance an educator’s own creativity…
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July 3, 2019 – CFFC

The word “crafts” may bring to mind a childlike image of popsicle sticks, yarn, and glitter, but the “crafts” at Touchstone Center for Crafts refer to the…
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Touchstone Center for Crafts will host the 2019 open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2. This event is free to visitors who can …
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May 29, 2019; Tribune-Review ; By Mary Pickels

Touchstone Center for Crafts will hold an open house from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2 at its Farmington, Fayette County, site. The free event will introduce visitors to…
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May 28, 2019; Pittsburgh Current

Visit Touchstone in the Laurel Highlands for a FREE Open House featuring studio demonstrations, artist pop-up shops, gallery exhibitions, kids craft activities, food vendors, and more!…
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Open House News Release…

  • 05-23-19: Touchstone’s community open house brings artists and organizations together for a fun, free, family-friendly event

May 21, 2019; NEXTpittsburgh

DC2 Symposium at Touchstone Center for Crafts … invited to retreat to the tranquil Laurel Highlands center for the first annual symposium presented …
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May 16, 2019; Remake Learning

Touchstone Center for Crafts offers immersive learning experiences in seven fully equipped studios including blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, fine …
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“Vessels in Five Dimensions” explores the spatial fluidity between two-dimensional images and three-dimensional forms. Professor Kristen Letts …
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Apr. 19, 2019; Observer-Reporter; By Dave Zuchowski

A year after his initial introduction to the craft, Shriver said he picked up … She enrolled in a blacksmithing course at the Touchstone Center for Crafts 
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Mar. 18, 2019; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; By Joyce Gannon

Two high-profile arts centers in Fayette County — Fallingwater and Touchstone Center for Crafts — have also agreed to provide exposure to the…
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Feb. 3, 2019; Tribune-Review; By Mary Pickels

From sipping while painting to sketching with charcoal, molding hot glass, dyeing fabric or woodworking, opportunities exist for crafts people from novice to advanced to practice their artistic and making skills…
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Jan. 23, 2019; Uniontown Herald-Standard; By Frances Borsodi Zajac

East End United Community Center, Uniontown, $5,650 tourism education … Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, $13,500 marketing grant for…
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Jan 3, 2019; Uniontown Herald-Standard ; By Rachel Basinger

The blend of favorite workshops and the addition of some new events have officials with Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington excited about the upcoming 2019 season…
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2018

News Releases…

  • 04-09-18: Makers Gather Together: Makers Symposium Weekend Including Alchemist Picnic V
  • 04-09-18: For the Love of Iron: Tenth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In with Rivers of Steel Iron Pour

News Release…

  • 03-07-18: Touchstone Center for Crafts Board of Directors Selects Lindsay Ketterer Gates as New Executive Director

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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