Arts and Craft beer coming back to Sawtooth in Winston-Salem

by Jeff Sykes

This year’s Arts and Craft Beer event will feature the chance to screen print a t-shirt.

Winston-Salem’s Sawtooth School for Visual Art continues to make plans for their second annual Arts & Craft Beer event, during which folks can get a hands-on art experience while sampling some of the region’s local craft beer.It’s all for a good cause as well.The event gives guests the chance to create their own limited-edition screen printed t-shirt or tote bag, or make a pair of earrings from bottle caps. This year’s Arts & Craft Beer event takes place on May 1, from 5:30-9 p.m.Last year’s event featured only two beer vendors, but Sawtooth got a big boost when the Winston-Salem Jaycees jumped in and helped expand the number of vendors to five. “Working with the Winston-Salem Jaycees has brought a totally new and exciting dynamic to Arts & Craft Beer,” said Sawtooth Sales & Marketing Director Kevin Mundy. “The Jaycees and their peers are the ideal target audience for an event like this, and they are making sure that the plans for the evening will appeal to the crowd. Thanks to their help, we’ve doubled the number of beer sponsors, and we hope to double the number of attendees as well!”Beer from Foothills, Brewer’s Kettle, Natty Greene’s, Gibb’s Hundred and Olde Mecklenburg breweries will be available. Tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Sawtooth Scholarship Fund, an in-house method of helping those who can’t afford to attend classes or camps at the visual art school. Last year the scholarship helped 37 people take classes at Sawtooth. The in-house fund pays up to half of the cost of a class or camp for those in need. Those who love a hands-on experience will get the chance to screen print a t-shirt of tote bag for a suggested $10 donation. Others can make earrings from craft beer bottle caps.Live music is taking place this year, with the B. Kin Band and Royal House scheduled to perform.