December 31, 2009

Heartwood Gallery Celebrates 25th with Special

Dec 31, Heartwood Gallery, downtown Saluda NC. Heartwood Gallery is celebrating....25 years of 100% American Craft ! To celebrate a quarter century of being in business, Heartwood is offering: $25 of all purchases over $100 in the month of January.

December 28, 2009

Penland Winter Wonderland

Warm holiday greetings from Penland School of Crafts! Making things is a deeply embedded part of being human. Handmade objects connect us to each other, and to other times and places. Thank you for your support of Penland's programs, of craft, and of the value of making.  Our beautiful summer class catalog has been printed and will be in the mail by the end of the month. We expect complete summer information to be posted online around January 2. Meanwhile, there's a basic schedule posted now. And we still have space in many of our spring classes. Complete listings are here.

We hope you are staying warm and enjoying the company of some of your favorite people. And we hope to see you at Penland in 2009.

December 20, 2009

River District Open Studios

Dec 21 :
10am-4pm: Potters Mark, Where122 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC (map)
10am-6pm: Jonas Gerard Fine Art, e240 Clingman Avenue Asheville, NC (map)
11am-4pm: Curve Studios, Where6 Riverside Drive (map)
8:30am-10:00pm: Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, 238 Clingman Avenue Asheville NC (map)

December 18, 2009

Christmas in Stained Glass

Dec 03, 2009 - Dec 31, 2009, Transylvania County Library, Brevard NC. Artist of the Month Series presents Christmas in Stained Glass by artist Pam McCorkhill, Blue Mountains Stained Glass. This is a special exhibit of over 40 stained glass pieces especially made for this exhibit in the Library Lobby. The library will be closed December 24, 25 & 26.  TC Library is located at 212 East Gaston Street, Brevard. 828.884-3151.

December 16, 2009

Lorna Blaine Halper Exhibit Guided Tour

Dec 18, 12PM - 1PM, Asheville Art Museum, NC. Join Assistant Curator Cole Hendrix on a guided tour of the exciting exhibition Lorna Blaine Halper: The Space Between. Adept in a wide variety of media including drawing, sculpture and painting, Halper's work displays a masterful exploration of the descriptive qualities of line as well as a thoughtful examination of the relationship of line to the space between, echoing Albers's directive to "see things in context."

December 15, 2009

Craft Registry Sign-up

Handmade in America has concluded its 2009 artists' training series meetings and will soon announce the exciting programming, artists networking opportunities, and social activities coming in 2010! If you are an artist and have not already done so or know friends who have not, please go to our Craft Registry and sign up for a free listing. It's a great way to put yourself out there on the web, find out about more events like these and be a part of a network of almost 1,000 artists in Western North Carolina.

December 12, 2009

Spruce Pine Gallery Current Exhibit

Now - December 31, Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour Exhibit at the Spruce Pine Gallery. Over 80 participating artists and craftpersons will show off the talents during the month long exhibition. From new artists on the tour, to those who were there in the beginning over a decade ago, from clay to glass to fiber to wood, visitors will get a taste of what the Tour has to offer.

Show and Sale at McDowell Arts Council

Dec 2 - 22 MARION  Bue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale  McDowell Arts Council, Main Street Marion NC. Holiday gallery show and sale featuring the work of McDowell County artisans exhibiting pottery, woodworking, basketry, jewelry, textile arts and other fine craft. No admission. 10am-6pm, M,Tu,Th,F and 10am-4pm, Wed & Sat. For more information, call (828) 652-8610.

December 11, 2009

Registration Open for Holiday Arts Extravaganza

The Asheville Art Museum announces open registration for their 2009 Holiday Extravaganza. Take a break over the holidays and sign your art enthusiasts up for one or all four days of hands-on fun at the Museum's Holiday Arts Extravaganza! Campers will spend their afternoons creating art of all kinds. Pre-registration is required. Schedule: Monday - Thursday, December 28 - 31, 2009. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. each day, $18/day for Members; $20/day for Non-Members. To register, please call the Education Department at 828.253.3227, ext. 121 or 122 or e-mail or

December 10, 2009

Turtle Island Pottery Open House

Dec 12, 10AM - 4PM, Turtle Island Pottery, Old Fort NC. Full house of individually handcrafted functional wares, art pottery and sculptures. One-of-a-kind art pottery and functional pottery and sculpture. In NC since 1977, Maggie Jones has been a potter and clay artist for almost 40 years. The gallery is located in a small house on 7 acres in rural McDowell county just South of Old Fort. For more information, call 828-669-2713 or visit

December 9, 2009

Opening Reception at The Asheville Art Museum

Dec 13,  2:00 to 4:00PM, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville North Carolina. Opening reception for the new solo exhibition of the work of Black Mountain artist Lorna Blaine Halper (1924 - ) at the Asheville Art Museum. Adept in a wide variety of media including drawing, sculpture and painting, Halper's work displays a masterful exploration of the descriptive qualities of line as well as a thoughtful examination of the relationship of line to the space between, echoing Albers's directive to "see things in context." The exhibit opens Dec12. Website:

December 8, 2009

EAST Holiday Show

Dec 11-20, 10AM-6PM, Black Mountain Studios, 626 Old Lytle Cove, Swannanoa NC.  EAST Holiday Show - Ten member artists of the East of Asheville Studio Tour offer handmade gifts from $2 to $200. Wearable art, magnets, cards, pottery, turned wooden bowls and vases, puppets, masks, and more! 828-686-1011 Website:

December 5, 2009

"Choosing Craft: The Artist's Viewpoint"

Choosing Craft: The Artist's Viewpoint, edited by Vicki Halper & Diane Douglas is published by The University of North Carolina Press and is available at Choosing Craft explores the history and practice of American craft through the words of influential artists whose lives, work, and ideas have shaped the field. Editors Vicki Halper and Diane Douglas construct an anecdotal narrative that examines the post-World War II development of modern craft, which came of age alongside modernist painting and sculpture and was greatly influenced by them as well as by traditional and industrial practices.

The anthology is organized according to four activities that ground a professional life in craft--inspiration, training, economics, and philosophy. Halper and Douglas mined a wide variety of sources for their material, including artists' published writings, letters, journal entries, exhibition statements, lecture notes, and oral histories. The detailed record they amassed reveals craft's dynamic relationships with painting, sculpture, design, industry, folk and ethnic traditions, hobby craft, and political and social movements. Collectively, these reflections form a social history of craft.

Choosing Craft ultimately offers artists' writings and recollections as vital and vivid data that deserve widespread study as a primary resource for those interested in the American art form.

On The Verge Contest

Calling all emerging visual artists in Western North Carolina. It’s time to submit your portfolio for our 2010 On the Verge contest. The top 10 artists in this juried competition will be featured in the June issue of WNC magazine, and their work will be exhibited in a month-long show at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District. A panel of art experts from Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles will judge this year’s submissions. Visit to read the rules, and to submit your work.

Asheville Art Museum Monthly Book Discussion

Dec 9, 3:00 - 4:45PM, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC. Discussion Bound: Collections of Nothing by William Davies King. William Davies King is a theater professor who, over 50 years, has gathered a vast collection of things nobody else wants: cat-food labels, chain letters, cereal boxes, chopstick wrappers and more. Collections of Nothing takes a fascinating look at collections and obsessions.  The Museum offers monthly book discussions to read and discuss books that relate to artwork in the galleries. Moderated by a member of the Museum's staff or a volunteer, participants exchange ideas and learn about books, art and each other. Free with Museum Membership or Admission. Website:

December 3, 2009

Fireside Sale at John C Campbell

Dec 6,  10AM-5PM, Keith House Community Room, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The Folk School's annual Fireside Sale with approximately 50 artists will be selling great gift selections including ironwork, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, woodworking items and much more. A great opportunity to shop for locally and regionally produced items that make one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season.


Mud Dabbers Pottery Holiday Open House

Dec 11-13, Mud Dabbers Pottery, Brevard NC. Come join the muddy holiday celebration at our annual Holiday Open House.  Pottery demonstrations, live music, refreshments and a great selection of gifts on Friday and Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm and on Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm.  For more information, call 884-5131.Website:

November 28, 2009

2nd Annual Holiday Pottery Sale in Black Mountain

Dec 4, 6PM-8PM, Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, 225 West State St Black Mountain NC. Pottery for sale will include student and community member’s work made at the studio during 2009. Refreshments and live music will also be a part of the evening’s activities. The Exhibit will continue through January 29, 2010, and the holiday sale will be available during regular hours through mid-December. Website:

November 27, 2009

22nd Annual Hard Candy Christmas

Nov 27-28, 10AM-5PM, WCU Ramsey Center, Cullowee NC. "Hard Candy Christmas" ART & CRAFT SHOW. This highly anticipated annual event has become a "Mountain Christmas Tradition". Over 100 regional and area artists and craftsmen exhibit and sell their best work of the year . Returning customers come early for the first pick of one of a kind Christmas gifts and ornaments. Read more...

November 22, 2009

Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed Docent-Led Tour

Dec 4, 12:00 - 1:00PM, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC. Join an Asheville Art Museum Docent on a guided tour of the exciting exhibition Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed. Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed examines the work of 15 living Cherokee carvers along with the work of Amanda Crowe, the noted Cherokee carver who taught many of these artists. The last day to view this exhibition in December 6, so come take a tour while you can! Website:

Annual Appalachian Potters Market

Dec 5, 10AM-4PM, McDowell High School - Commons Area, McDowell High School Road Marion NC. Annual event featuring potters from across North Carolina. Some styles represented are raku, decorative stoneware, and traditional folk pottery. Items for sale include cookware, planters, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments. Raffle. Admission $4.00; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at McDowell High School. For more information, call 828-652-8610.

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree Holiday Market

Dec 5-6, Cross Street Center, Summit Avenue, Spruce Pine NC. Housed in a renovated mill, the Holiday Market features handcrafted artists and craftspeople selling their wares in a festive setting. Experience a memorable shopping experience among one of a kind decorations, a Market Café, and special holiday entertainment. The Market compliments the Toe River Studio Tour taking place the same weekend where over 200 artists in the region will open their studios to the public.Website:

Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale in Marion

Dec 2-22, McDowell Arts Council, Main Street Marion NC. Holiday gallery show and sale featuring the work of McDowell County artisans exhibiting pottery, woodworking, basketry, jewelry, textile arts and other fine crafts. Website:

Workshop: Creative Fabric Cards

Dec 5, 10AM - 5PM, Cloth Fiber Workshop, Asheville NC. Heather Working with a wide variety of one-of-a-kind handmade fabrics, you'll learn how to collage and layer them to make wonderful unique cards. Use embroidery to add accents to your designs. With the simple techniques used in this class, and your left over fabrics, you'll be able to make postcards and card sets for holiday gifts, use them for special occasions, or frame them!Instructor Heather Allen-Swarttouw. Fee: $90 + materials.


November 20, 2009

Fisrt Annual Penland Ornament

Begin your collection with the first. The 2009 Penland ornament, a claw or ball peen hammer with the Penland logo on end of the handle, is now available in limited addition. Created by Penland School instructor Janis Miltenberger. Flameworked glass, 5 - 5-1/2 inches long, gift boxed, $48 each, shipping additional. To purchase, call the gallery at 828-765-6211 or send email to Website:

Happy 27th Glass Feather Studio!

November 27th, 28th, and 29th-Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 5:00-Sunday 1:00 - 5:00-Closed Thanksgiving Day, 3-Day Holiday Open House- Glass Feather Studio Gallery-27th Year Anniversary. Hundreds of glass gifts to choose from for tabletop, home and garden - all made by hand and signed by the artists right here in Transylvania County! Refreshments, Register-To-Win Prizes, Special Winter Scenes Exhibit by Rob Travis Fine Art Photography, Music and Poetry Readings. Call 828.885.8457 or visit for more information or directions. Regular Hours: Open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 April - December 20

Santa's Palette Annual Holiday Show in Brevard

Nov 23-Dec 16, Transylvania Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard NC. Annual Holiday Show and Sale at TC Arts Council. A great place to start and finish your Holiday Shopping. An artist reception will be held on Nov. 27th during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Website:

November 19, 2009

Folk Art Center Hosts Tellabration

Nov  22, 3 - 5pm, The Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville NC.   Tellabration   is an internationally recognized day of storytelling featuring traditional folk tales and contemporary stories by some of the most recognizable names in storytelling. (Limited Seating).

NC Art Workshop: Creative Repurposing

21-22  ASHEVILLE  Creative Repurposing - Workshop.  In this workshop you'll learn to creatively repurpose old wool sweaters into wearable art!  By cutting and piecing the salvaged scraps into new shapes, you'll construct an asymetric layered vest using hand stitches and decorative, functional embellishment. Expect to leave the class with your own one-of-a-kind garment!

November 17, 2009

La Menagerie Ceramics Open Studio & Kiln Opening

Nov 21, 22, 28, 29, 5, 6 - La Menagerie Ceramic Studio, 69 Gibson Rd. Asheville NC. Visit La Menagerie Ceramics open studio and kiln openings to see the work of Jean and Carl Saake. 828-298-2934

4th Friday Gallery Walk in Brevard

Nov 27, until 9PM, downtown Brevard. Enjoy exploring Brevard's galleries, 14 sculptures and five murals. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at under "Art Tours". For more information call Transylvania County Arts Council at 828-884-2787.

November 14, 2009

Open Registraion at John C Campbell

John C. Campbell Folk School announces open registration for all of our 2010 classes!Catalogs are being mailed this week and January-December 2010 class descriptions are available online!Register online, or call us today! 1-800-FOLK-SCH (365-5724). Browse the class descriptions and read more...

November 13, 2009

Patchwork Show Today and Tomorrow

Nov 13-14, 10AM - 4 PM, St. Timothy Methodist Church, Asheville Hwy, Brevard NC. Unique show with items arranged in boutique fashion will include high quality (juried) crafts by area artists. Beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade items will include sterling silver, gold-filled, dichroic and polymer clay jewelry, home decor, candle wreaths, flower arrangements, towels, doll clothes, hand sewn critters, greeting cards, baskets, hand painted items, and much more. Home baked items, coffee and snacks available. 828.883-2029

November 10, 2009

Asheville Art Museum's Holiday Market Shopping Extravaganza

Nov 17 - 22, 2009, in the Pack Place Community Gallery, Pack Place, downtown Asheville NC. Open during regular Museum hours. The Museum will offer 20% off all sales for our Members Friday, November 20. Don't miss it! Also, All shoppers who spend over $50 during the Holiday Market will be entered to win a fabulous prize: one night stay + dinner at Asheville’s beautiful Sourwood Inn.(Some restrictions apply.) Webstie:

November 9, 2009

Penland Auction

Nov 12, 8:00 PM, Gorelick Social Hall at Penland School of Crafts,  SPRUCE PINE NC   Penland's Last 2009 Auction.   Fall Auction. The auction will include student and instructor work in clay, glass, iron, letterpress printing, metals, and who knows what else? Our Concentration students are always very generous and this auction is a great way to get a jump on the holiday gift season.

November 8, 2009

Collage: From Paper to Cloth Workshop

Nov 14 & 15, 10AM - 5PM, Asheville NC. Margaret Couch Cogswell, currently a a Resident Artist at Penland School of Crafts, conducts the workshop. In this class you'll experiment with translating paper collage images into a cloth wall hanging. On the first day you'll create several small paper collages using simple techniques. On the second day you'll transform one of your paper collages into a cloth wall hanging. Emphasis will be placed on freedom of movement between media. Fee: $185 + materials. For more information or to register:

“Free Lace” Workshop

Nov 14, 10:30AM-4:30PM, Black Mountain Center for the Art, 225 W State St, Black Mountain NC.  “Free Lace” Workshop at BMCA in November in time for the holidays.  “Free Lace” is a way of producing wearable art lace made from combined fibers such as ribbon, thread, suching, yarn, and more. The materials are applied and stitched to a water-soluble stabilizer. Once the piece is placed in water, the stabilizer disappears and a wonderful piece of lace appears. Read more...

November 7, 2009

Random Arts Demo Delight Night

Nov 13, 5PM-8PM,  SALUDA . Wine & Cheese Demo Delight Night at Random Arts. Stop in on Friday,  to say goodbye to Random Arts as we know it, and enjoy learning some new techniques from artist Carol Sloan, Betsy Libbey and myself. We'll share some laughter, good times and memories of what we have all shared together over the last 14 years. Website:

November 5, 2009

Local Giveaway at John C Campbell

John C Campbell Folk School announces local giveaways are available from the Folk School occasionally when certain classes have lower enrollment. Tuition is free, but students will be required to pay a $25 registration fee and any additional materials costs. Each person may only claim a giveaway one time every 12 months. Local Giveaways are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis and may not be used on a class for which you are already registered. Recipients must be residents of the Folk School's "Local" Counties: Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Swain, Graham (NC); Union, Towns, Fannin (GA), and Polk (TN). For more information.. .

November 3, 2009

Blacksmithing for Beginners

Nov 20-22, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown (near Hayesville) NC. Enjoy the flow of watching, gaining knowledge, and then doing as we explore blacksmithing basics. In addition to forging hot iron, gain an introduction to other aspects of metalworking. Torch use and forge welding will be demonstrated and then practiced, and the safe use of shop equipment such as READ MORE...

November 1, 2009

Scenic 276 Arts Corridor

The Scenic 276 South Fine Art & Craft Corridor encompasses a 13-mile stretch  in Transylvania County beginning just south of Brevard and ending at the NC/SC line. It meanders up the mountain showcasing art galleries, working and teaching studios, shops, charming lodgings, home-style dining and fresh local produce. Many of the studios and galleries provide an opportunity to meet the artists creating pottery, glass art, paintings, sculpture, photography, metal work and more. Read more...

October 31, 2009

Penland at SOFA Chicago

Nov 6-8, Chicago IL. Please join Penland School of Crafts at the 2009 Chicago Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, a.k.a SOFA Chicago. Held at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, this year’s expostion runs November 6 - 8 with a gala premiere on Thursday, November 5. Penland will have an information table for the duration of the fair.Of special note at this year’s fair is a Ferrin Gallery solo exhibition booth by Penland neighbor and recent resident artist Anne Lemanski. There will be a reception for Anne at the booth at 6:30 PM on Thursday. She will also speak about her work in the booth at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Read more...

October 30, 2009

Fall Art Safari Tour

Nov 2-3, 10AM- 6PM. Self-guided driving tour of many of the various artists' studios tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. The self-guided studio tours are held the last full weekend in April and the first full weekend in November, coinciding with the beautiful spring and fall seasons in the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The tours are free and open to the public, and some artists' studios are open year-round by appointment.  Read more...

October 28, 2009

Thread Through the Mountains, Quilt Trail Road Rally

Nov 7  in Burnsville NC. The Quilt Trails' Road Rally, Thread Through the Mountains,  is full of fun and prizes. Contestants will be given a list of 15 quilt blocks to find, along with maps. The goal is to find the blocks by driving the fewest miles. First, second and third prizes will be awarded along with a grand prize. All prizes are functional works by local artists. The grand prize was made by Rolf Holmquist and is a large, yard-art birdhouse made from old barn wood and contains a quilt block on the front of it. The Rally will take place rain or shine. Online registration at: ( for $25 until October 30, $35 after the 30th. 25% of the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. For details visit or call 828-682-7331.

October 25, 2009

Open House at Turtle Island Pottery

Oct 31, 10:00AM - 4:00PM, Turtle Island Pottery, Bat Cave Road Old Fort NC. A house full of individually handcrafted functional wares, art pottery and sculptures. Turtle Island Pottery produces a very popular line of functional stoneware. Bowls, mugs, baking dishes, pitchers, tumblers, utensil jars, serving platters and more. The pottery has become very recognizable with its opaque white glaze and hand brushed decorations of blue flowers with green and yellow accents and dragonflies.For more information, call 828-669-2713 or visit

Google Sketchup Part One Workshop

Oct 31, 12:00PM - 4:00PM, Asheville Hardware , 91 Biltmore Ave Asheville NC. Instructor will be John Yurko. Sketchup is a free, downloadable program from Google. John will teach the students quick keys, materials, layering, scenes, and section cuts.$60 fee. Website:

Mountain Bizworks Artist Alliance Workshop

Oct 27, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Mountain BizWorks, 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville NC. Workshop - From Surviving to Thriving: Sales Techniques for the Holiday Season. Learn ideas, tips, and techniques from a local art pro on how to make the most of your sales process. Topics include: reaching new audiences for sales and opportunities; how to approach clients this holiday season (and keep them coming back); selling techniques to improve your bottom line. For details...

October 19, 2009

Kids Clay Classes, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Odyssey offers beginning to advanced level classes for all ages in sculptural, handbuilding, and wheel throwing. Enrollment is limited and registration begins on August 28. Visit our website at or contact Cara Gilpin at 828.285.0210 for more information.
Kids Corner Clay Holidays, Barbara Perez, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Ages 6-12, Oct. 20-Nov. 24 Gabe’s Groovalicious Clay Games, Gabe Kline, Wed. 4-6pm, Ages 6-12, Oct. 21-Dec. 2 Afternoon Art, Holly de Saillan, Thursdays 4-6pm, Ages 7-10, October 22-Dec. 3

October 16, 2009

Turtle Island Pottery Open House

Event: Open House at Turtle Island Pottery
Time/Place: Oct 17, 10AM-4PM, Turtle Island Pottery, Bat Cave Road, Old Fort NC. Full house of individually handcrafted functional wares, art pottery and sculptures. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Old Fort. Learn more...

Arts & Crafts Fall Festival in Tryon

Event: 2nd Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival
Time/Place: Oct 17-18
, 10AM-5PM, Harmon Field Road, Tryon NC. Featuring some of the finest artisans and craftspeople from the region, this two-day event will be held rain or shine. In addition to shopping for one-of-a-kind handcrafted arts and crafts, enjoy artisan demonstrations, food from local restaurants, live entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Read more...

Meet the Makers at Grovewood

Event: Meet the MakersVincent & Jessie Leman of Dust Furniture
Time/Place: Oct 17
, 11AM-4PM, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville NC.
Indiana-based craft artist Vincent Thomas Leman and his wife, Jessie Leman, will be at Grovewood Gallery for a meet and greet and to show off their unique studio furniture collection titled Dust. Dust has been described as 'abstract traditional furniture.' Each piece is essentially a traditional piece of furniture that is stretched, curved, stacked and stepped to fit his design intentions.

Workshop: Current Market Trends for Craft Artists

Event: Handmade in America Workshop
Time/Place: Oct 28, Burnsville and Oct 29, Asheville
9:30AM-3:30PM.   Current Market Trends for Craft Artists  by  Keith Recker, an internationally-recognized market trends expert, is a full-day workshop on colors, trends and the current markets. In the morning session, Recker will illustrate and discuss current market trends as they relate to craft artists by using several hundred images of fashion, home products, art and photography. Divided into 6 color palettes and moods, these 6 "metaphors" will provide a platform for creative thinking on how to create handmade artisan goods with an undercurrent of the same forces that influence and inspire consumers. This session will conclude with a live brainstorming, with the entire group's help, focusing on 2 or 3 craft businesses - "creating product on the hoof." The afternoon session will be interactive, discussing significant business challenges of individual participants and focusing on what artisan businesses can do to address an environment where most consumers are thinking of consuming less. Read more or register...

October 9, 2009

Self Guided Art Tour October 10-11th

Oct 10th - 11th - Free, self-guided tour of working artists' studios in the Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Fairview, and East Asheville area. Time: 10am-6pm, East of Asheville Studio Tour, 295 Ninth St., Black Mountain  NC

October 8, 2009

Fall Harvest Craft Festival- Cherokee

Event: Fall Harvest Craft Show
Time/Place: 9:30AM-5PM, The Old Mill, 3082 U.S. 441 one mile south of Cherokee. A great day including: Pit Smoked BBQ by Rib Country, Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, Country Ham Biscuits, Fried Pies, Live Demonstrations, Live Band. Cherokee stone carver Fred Wilnoty, Appalachian crafters and Authors ~ Blacksmith, Chair weaver, Chainsaw bear carver, Jewelry designers, Wood carvers, Gourd artists and many more.70 Cherokee Artists.
Contact: 828-497-6536

October 6, 2009

Photographic Screen Printing Workshop

Educational Event: Photographic Screen Printing with Jen Swearington
Time/Place: Oct 10, 10AM-5PM, Asheville Area Arts Council
. Imagine screen printing the drawings right out of your sketchbook! Learn how to set up your own homemade light exposure unit and build photo-sensitive silk screens to print finely detailed imagery and text onto anything from t-shirts to fabric yardage. Newcomers and low-tech screen printers are all welcome.
Contact:  828.505.2958

October 3, 2009

9th Annual Craft bazaar

Time/Place: Oct 10, 10AM-2PM, 2400 Appalachian Blvd. Arden
Local crafters gather and provide a show for an annual fund raiser for local charities in Henderson and Buncombe counties.. This years funds go to IAM in Hendersonville and Helpmate in Asheville.


October 2, 2009

Blowing Rock Art Show- Art in the Park

Event: Art in the Park
Time/Place: October 3, American Legion Grounds, Blowing Rock NC. Come enjoy the beautiful fall weather with a day of art!. The juried arts & craft show features 100 artists in the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock.

October 1, 2009

Art After Dark- Waynesville

Time/Place: Oct 2 6-9PM downtown Waynesville NC
The Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark. Celebrate the beautiful Colors of Fall as you stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic Frog Level. Look for flags at participating galleries like Burr Studio and Gallery, Earthworks Gallery, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Haywood County Arts Councils Gallery 86, Ridge Runner Naturals, Studio Thirty-Three, Textures, The Jeweler's Workbench, TPennington Art Gallery, and Twigs and Leaves Gallery.

September 28, 2009

Reception for Artist Jim Carson- Saluda

Time/Place: Oct 2, 6PM-9PM, Heartwood Gallery, Saluda NC
Heartwood Gallery proudly invites you to join them for the opening night reception for Saluda artist Jim Carson.
Contact: 828-749-9365

September 24, 2009

New Works Presented at Heartwood Gallery

Art News: Reception for New work from Western North Carolina artists. Opening Reception Friday October 2nd 6-8pm Featuring Saluda Plein Air Painter Jim Carson, Textiles from The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, NC, and new work by Potter Sarah Wells Rolland from Canton, NC. New works will be available October1-December 31.
Heartwood Gallery, Saluda NC

September 22, 2009

Bakersville News: Juried Art and Craft Show this Weekend

Bakersville Creekside Arts Festival
September 26-27, Bakersville Creek Walk, downtown Bakersville NC
The juried show features some of the finest arts and crafts to be found anywhere in the region.Great food is available from a variety of vendors. Music is provided by talented local performers, and there will be a street dance on Saturday night. Attendance at last year's Fesitval was an estimated 5,000 exhibitors reported brisk sales.
Contact: (828) 688-3599

September 21, 2009

Brevard's 4th Friday Gallery Walk and Scenic 276 Studio

September 25 - 27 in Brevard NC. The Art of Brevard galleries and art spots will host the 4th Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, September 25 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in downtown Brevard followed by the Scenic Hwy. 276 Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27 in Transylvania County.

Aaron Morgan Photography on Display in Bryson City

Through the end of September the photography of Smoky Mountain Times Reporter Aaron Morgan will be on display at the Marianna Black Library. The image here of yellow flowers, the Chamber of Commerce fountain and the Old Swain County Courthouse reflected in the Chamber window was taken around 9 p.m. in late May this year.  Aaron's passion for photography has centered on using dramatic light to create surreal night scenes. The display case in the library features what Aaron considers his "best work."

September 20, 2009

Benefit Auction Works Now Available on Art for Penland Website

Art for Penland is a web-based art sales program designed to support Penland's classes, programs, studios, and scholarships through the sale of art contributed by artists and other donors. The Penland Gallery is currently featuring four outstanding pieces by sculptor Michael Sherrill, whose piece Mouths to Feed was a spectacular part of the 2009 Annual Auction.
Contact: 828-765-2359, ext. 45

September 14, 2009

3rd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Spindale

September 18-22 at the Foundation Lobby, at Isothermal Community College. A juried event with painting, pottery, sculpture, textiles, wood work, and jewelry handmade by 60 members of the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild. Hours: 9 to 5 (Sunday 1 to 5). All works on exhibit may be purchased. The Artist Gala will be held on September 18 between 5-7pm.
Contact: (828) 288-5009

September 11, 2009

Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts and Kulture Festival- Black Mountain

September 13 The First Annual Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts and Kulture Festival (RALAK Fest), presented by the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafarian Collective (Black Mountain ARC) is an all day educational, interfaith, music and cultural event that will feature speakers from a vast majority of religious sects, local civic leaders, representatives within our community and national educators. RALAK is also a celebration of The Ethiopian (2002) New Year, which is actually two days before on Sept 11th.The family-friendly event will begin with spiritual blessings from various cultures as well as the United States and Ethiopian National Anthems. $30 admission
Lake Eden Event Site, 377 Lake Eden Rd
Contact: (828) 669-4918

September 10, 2009

Gallery Crawl September 11th- West Jefferson

Gallery Crawl in West Jefferson
September 11 from 5PM-8PM in downtown West Jefferson. Get in with the In Crowd in historic downtown West Jefferson to visit the shops and galleries for an Open House and "Crawl" . Free live musicand fun entertainment! Refreshments will be served to "crawlers" and much merriment is guaranteed!

September 8, 2009

Blowing Rock's Art in the Park

Art in the Park in Blowing Rock  September 12 from 10AM from 5PM at the American Legion Grounds in Downtown Blowing Rock NC. A juried art and craft show featuring 100 artists. 828-295-7851

September 4, 2009

Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show

September 5-6 from 9AM - 4PM at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Maggie Valley NC. Crafters from all over the Southeast come together in Maggie Valley for an end of summer two-day shoppers delight.

September 3, 2009

Village Square Art & Craft Show- Highlands

September 5-6 in Highlands NC Art & Craft Show featuring regional artisans and a wide variety of art and crafts. Fine art, baskets, folk art, musical instruments, turned wood, kids' clothing/accessories, gourds, pottery, jewelry, rustic birdhouses, furniture, etc. Located in downtown Highlands at the Village Square and Kelsey Hutchinson Park at 5th and Pine Streets. Food, public bathrooms, parking.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call 828-787-2021 for more information.

September 2, 2009

Introduction to Woodturning in Asheville

September 9-10 from 9AM-5PM at Asheville Hardware, 91 Biltmore Ave Asheville NC. Learn this fun hobby in 12 hours. Each student has his/her own lathe. Taught by Rob Kimzey, $175.

Hands-On Shibori Class in Asheville

September 5 at the Asheville Area Arts Council.  Using simple tools —your hands, yarn, needle and thread—you'll create gorgeous surface designs on pre-hemmed silk scarves. Complete 4 different multi-colored scarves in this fun, gratifying, and fast-paced dyeing class. Hours: 10 am - 5 pm. Instructor: Jen Sweariington   Fee: $90 + materials

August 31, 2009

Sept 5th Featured Artist Kris Dixon Cedar Mountain/Brevard Area

September 5 from 2PM-4PM at Land of Waterfalls Art Gallery, Corner of 276 & Cascade Lake Rd. in Cedar Mountain NC. "Meet the Artist" - Kris Dixon who has a studio in the Big Hill area will be demonstrating. Kris works in watercolors and does local scenes of our beautiful surroundings. She is the gallery's featured artist for September. 828-883-3830

August 29, 2009

Sept 5th Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market- Cherokee

September 5 at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, 645 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee NC. The Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market returns for an autumn encore. See first-hand the time, patience and talent which go into each piece of authentic Cherokee artwork. Then satisfy your urge to have as your own an heirloom quality art piece, through the purchase of these beautiful works in stone or wood sculpture, bead work and basket weaving.

August 25, 2009

Update: Heartwood Gallery in Saluda

Updates from Heartwood Gallery in Saluda
The Heartwood Gallery in Saluda NC is pleased to offer:

Through September 30 view the work of Saluda artist Dale McEntire: "The Changing Landscape".

New pottery has arrived from some of the country's favorite potters including Karen Newgard (Asheville) and Kelly McCullough (Saluda).

In for fall: New Handbags by Maruca Design. Maruca is a collaborative group of designers and seamstresses, they pride themselves on the craftsmanship of cutting and sewing each bag by hand. Their designers have a close working relationship with U.S textile mills to ensure the state-of the art sophistication of their jacquard woven fabrics. They have been making handbags since 1991 and are committed to being 100% U.S made. http://www.Heartwood

August 24, 2009

August 28th Gallery Walk and Craft Demonstration- Brevard

August 28 from 5PM-9PM in downtown Brevard NC. 4th Friday Gallery walk and Craft demonstration at the Transylvania Heritage Museum 40 w Jordan Street, Brevard NC. Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard as you enjoy visiting the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm. Most galleries have new artwork each month, while you enjoy wine, munchies and music. Be sure to look for the 16 sculptures and five murals located in downtown as well. For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787

August 23, 2009

Social Network Marketing for Artists

August 26 from 6Pm-8PM at Mountain BizWorks, 153 S. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC presented by the Asheville Artist Alliance. Overwhelmed by the digital age of marketing? Want to know what social network marketing is and how to utilize it to effectively increase sales in your art business? Then come to this workshop where you will learn the relevant technologies and marketing applications needed to deliver results from social network marketing. $25 fee http://www.

August 17, 2009

Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival- Banner Elk

August 22-23 at The Banner Elk Elementary School in BANNER ELK NC. Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival. Fine Arts in the Ultimate Mountain Setting of Banner Elk. An eclectic gathering of international and mountain fine artists and master crafters handcrafting ,iron works portrait paintings, glass blowers and demonstrations. There is something to suit every taste and budget at this juried annual event.
(828) 898-5605

August 14, 2009

The 4th Annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour, Asheville area

August 15 - 16 from 10AM to 5PM - The works and workshops of more than two dozen creative women and men will be featured in the 4th annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour. The free, self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. Copies of the detailed tour map will be available at every stop along the tour, and the map is also available on htp://www. for advanced planning. For tour information, call (828) 683-2459.

Professional Development Workshops for Artists

The school is presenting two workshops taught by the highly regarded nonprofit group Creative Capital:

A one-day workshop, open to all artists, will take place on September 10.
The one-day workshop (September 10) will cover strategic planning and promotion for individual artists including goal setting, time management, financial tracking, and art business management. The workshop will consider marketing and promotion as an integral, natural part of the creative process. The cost of this workshop is $40, which includes lunch and snacks. Some housing is available for participants who are traveling from a distance.

An intensive weekend workshop, open to artists living in Western North Carolina, will run September 11 - 13. The weekend workshop (September 11 - 13) is an intensive two-and-a-half-day crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising, and promotion including lectures, peer critiques, one-on-one consultations, interactive exercises, handouts, and written assignments. Participants will be given a workbook as well as handouts with practical how-to information and they will meet with leaders in small work groups. Artists applying for this workshop must live in Western North Carolina and will be asked to submit a resume, a letter of interest, and photographs of their work. There is no tuition charged for the weekend workshop, but there is a $60 fee for meals and snacks. On-campus housing is available for $80 per night; participants are not required to stay on campus. For additional information:

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature, and emerging fields. For more information about Creative Capital, visit

August 12, 2009

Hayes Performing Arts Center to Suspend Operations Due to Funding

BLOWING ROCK, NC - At the end of the summer season, the Hayes Performing Arts Center and Blowing Rock Stage Company will suspend operations for a limited period of time. The Board of Trustees is currently evaluating and seeking all options and resources available to resume operations at the Center on sound economic footing prior to the 2010 summer season.
Across the nation, entertainment of all forms has endured unprecedented economic difficulty over the past 12 months. Nevertheless, the Stage Company and Hayes Center have enjoyed unequaled artistic success in spite of the severe economic downturn. According to Chairman Ron Bryson, "the Board and staff are proud of the body of work that they have provided our community, and we commend Kenneth Kay and his staff for the manner in which they have coped with this difficult economic climate."
Contact: Ron Bryson at or Eric Davidson at 828-295-3171 or eric@blowingrockcountrycljavascript:void(0)

August 10, 2009

Gallery Crawl- West Jefferson

August 14 from 5PM - 8PM in West Jefferson NC join the throngs of people who flock to historic downtown West Jefferson to visit the shops and galleries for an Open House beginning at 5 p.m. Free music, entertainment and refreshments will be served.

August 4, 2009

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair- Burnsville

August 7 - 8 Burnsville Town Square on Main Street in Burnsville NC. The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the largest crafts fairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are over 225 crafters, various foods, continuous entertainment. Admission is free and it is held in downtown Burnsville. Times are August 7, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, August 8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm.

August 3, 2009

9th Annual Wine for the Arts august 10th

August 10 is the deadline for reserving your place at the 9th Annual Wine for the Arts Under the Stars at the Classic Wineseller on the patio at 24 Church Street in downtown Waynesville NC. The event will be held August 18, 7PM with a maximum of 50 participants. Come join the fabulous annual savory wine and appetizer evening under the stars. The menu this year is full of wonderful appetizers you won't want to miss. $35 per person.
Call the Arts Council at 828-452-0593

July 30, 2009

28th Annual Crafts on the Green- Beech Mountain

August 1 8AM - 4PM at Gazebo Park in Beech Mountain NC. Approximately 85 vendors from all over the mountains will have their crafts and art work available for your purchase. This juried event is located at a cool 5056 foot elevation. Food is available.

July 21, 2009

Folkmoot USA Last Weekend

16-26 Folkmoot USA. Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's Official International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen or so countries. Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and beautiful music. During its 25-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.

July 16, 2009

Dodi Lovett Exhibit July 20th- Bryson City

The Gallery at Swain County Center for the Arts will be open for browsing on Monday, July 20, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm or by appointment on other dates and times. The current exhibit of original artwork in pen and ink and watercolorare priced to sell. Prices range from $5 for a pack of 10 note cards to $375 for the large centerpiece.

July 15, 2009

Gallery at Swain County Center for the Arts- Bryson City News

The Gallery at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City NC will be open for browsing on
Monday, July 20, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm or by appointment on other date and times. If you haven't
yet had the opportunity to see the current exhibit of original artwork in pen and ink and
watercolor by Dodi Lovett. All artwork you purchase can be picked up anytime after Fokmoot. Dodi Lovett's exhibit will be taken down on Friday
July 24, and an exhibit of large watercolor paintings by Pamela Haddock will be going up.

1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC

July 12, 2009

Mountain Palette Arts Gala- Banner Elk

July 16 An evening of fine dining and wonderful art! Spectacular jewelry designs, handcrafted treasures, and one of a kind outdoor experiences with these being only a few of the items up for bid. The event takes place at Linville Ridge Country Club and is an annual benefit bringing the community together in support of the programs and services of the Avery Arts Council. $125 per person.

July 11, 2009

Cherokee Art Market & Festival

July 16 - 18 Cherokee NC, Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds.
Gathering of tribes from the Americas to celebrate Native culture. Traditional dancing, food and craft vendors. $10 general admission.

Cherokee Art Market & Festival

July 16 - 18 Cherokee NC, Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds.
Gathering of tribes from the Americas to celebrate Native culture. Traditional dancing, food and craft vendors. $10 general admission.

Winery Dinners- Brevard

July 16 Brevard NC, HobNob Restaurant. Second in the series of the Meet the Winery Dinners with HobNob Restaurant with The Proper Pot. $50.00 per person! Call HobNob Restaurant for reservation @ 966-4662-Space is limited.

July 10, 2009

NC Artists Event: 62nd Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

16-19 62nd Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. It’s the 62nd season of the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, July 16-19 and October 15-18, 2009. The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture. The Craft Fair takes place in beautiful downtown Asheville at the Civic Center, 10am-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and 10am -5pm Sunday.

July 9, 2009

West Jefferson Hosts Gallery Open House

July 10 West Jefferson. Join the throngs of people who flock to historic downtown West Jefferson to visit the shops and galleries for an Open House beginning at 5 p.m. Free music, entertainment and refreshments will be served to "crawlers" and much merriment is guaranteed!

July 8, 2009

Artists' Gallery Too Hosts Reception- Bryson City

July 11 5 - 8 PM Bryson City, Artists' Gallery Too. Featuring Artwork from the Artist Members of
Number 7 Fine Arts and Crafts
Cooperative, Brevard, NC.
32 Everett St. Bryson City, NC

Art in the Park- Blowing Park

July 18 This award-winning series features the works of juried artisans from all over the Eastern U.S. in metal, fiber, watercolor and oil painting, wood, photography, basketry, jewelry, clay, glass and more. The show is located at the American Legion Grounds just behind Memorial Park and admission is FREE. Show hours are 10 am til 5 pm. Dates for this year's shows are: July 18, August 15, September 14 & October 3.

July 7, 2009

Art Exhibit: Ashe Arts Center July 8-Aug 8th

July 8 - August 8 West Jefferson, Ashe Arts Center. Fiber artists and potters exhibit works of art together. Traditional to Contemporary/
303 School Avenue West Jefferson, NC

Summer Art & Crafts Festival- Maggie Valley

July 11 Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Artisans from all over the Southeast come to sell their wares at this annual event. Live entertainment & great food!

July 6, 2009

Visual Artists Gallery- Wheel & Coil & Slab in Rutherfordton

July 10 - August 29 Rutherfordton, Rutherfordton County Visual Artists Gallery. Juried pottery show featuring regional artists using varied techniques. 173 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 828-288-5009

July 4, 2009

Unique Photo Collages- Artist JC Lange

Specializing in fun photo collages,clipboards,memory boxes,journals/albums, best wishes mats and custom cars.

July 2, 2009

Cherokee Carving Tradition Exhibit- Asheville

July 10 - 12/6 Asheville Art Museum. Cherokee Carvers
Tradition Renewed will examine different aspects of late 20th and early 21st century Cherokee carving. It will include ritual objects, functional wares and pieces designed to be sold to tourists and collectors. The exhibition will include both stone and wood carvings and focuses on artists working in Western North Carolina today.

July 1, 2009

Exhibition Reception: Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts-Bryson City

July 11 6-8PM Bryson City, Artists’ House Gallery Too, located at 32 Everett St. Number 7 Fine Arts and Crafts Cooperative was started as a program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council and has served more than 55 artists in it’s ten years in business, helping each artist to grow and understand the retail aspect of the art and craft business through active participation in it’s Main Street Gallery. The cooperative is driven and sustained entirely by its artists membership. The exhibition will run through July 31, 2009.

June 29, 2009

Art Exhibit: West Jefferson

July 8 - August 8 From Traditional to Contemporary Fiber artists and potters exhibit works of art together. Ashe Arts Center 303 School Avenue West Jefferson

4th of July Arts & Crafts- Brevard

July 4 Brevard - Transylvania County Arts' Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase takes place in conjunction with Heart of Brevard's Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Brevard.
This 3-festivals-in-1 attracts up to 15,000 people. TC Arts Council
349 S. Caldwell Street Brevard

June 27, 2009

Art Museum 60th Anniversary Party- Asheville

The Asheville Art Museum invites you to celebrate its 60th Anniversary at a party featuring live music, signature cocktails, beer, wine and entertainment. We will take a look back at how the Museum grew to be 60 years strong, visit where we are today and glimpse into the Museum’s exciting future.
The Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Ave.
in downtown Asheville NC.

June 26, 2009

Gallery Walk/ Food Drive- Brevard

June 26 5-9 PM Brevard. Number 7 Fine Arts and Crafts Cooperative is
celebrating their 10th year at 12 East Main Street. Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest and WSQL Radio announce HUNGER DOESN'T TAKE A SUMMER VACATION FOOD DRIVE. Bring your donations on Saturday, June 27th from 9AM-4PM to the Courthouse Gazebo.

June 25, 2009

Charity Event: Kenilworth Art Stroll for Loving Food Resources

June 27 10AM - 6PM Asheville. Kenilworth artists will open their doors to the public and donate a percentage of sales to Loving Food Resources. Strollers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to any studio.
Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
123 Kenilworth Rd.
Asheville, NC

June 22, 2009

Artisans Drive About- a self-guided tour

June 27 Stecoah Artisans Drive About self-guided tour of artists' studios followed by silent auction at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

June 21, 2009

Juried Arts & Craft Show- Henersonville

Henderson County Crafters Association juried arts & craft show
June 26 - 28 Hendersonville, Blue Ridge Mall. The Henderson County Crafters Association will host a juried arts & craft show featuring a wide variety of crafts and art forms. Fri and Sat 10 am-9 pm & Sunday 1-6 pm. HCCA sponsors three, shows each year in March, July, and October.

June 20, 2009

Gallery Walk- Brevard June 26th

Genealogy Swap Meet & Fourth Friday Gallery Walk in Brevard
June 26 5 PM - 9PM Annual Genealogy Swap Meet sponsored by the Transylvania GenWeb Project happening along with Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

June 19, 2009

4th Annual Galley Walk- Brevard

June 26 Brevard - Enjoy an evening of Art, Wine & Food in Downtown Brevard.
Every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5-9 pm.

June 18, 2009

4th Annual Lavender Festival - Burnsville

June 20 -21 10AM - 5PM Burnsville, Mountain Farm.

Exhibitor Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field Painters- Highlands

Highlands Exhibition: Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field Painters
June 18, 2009 – Aug. 15 Highlands, The Bascom. The Bascoms own 1978 Frankenthaler untitled 96-inch-high stain painting will create a vibrant centerpiece for this exhibition that will also include loans of paintings by Hans Hoffman, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitsky from museums and private collectors. This will be a celebration of not only non-objective imagery and mid-20th c. modernism, but also it pays homage to Frankenthaler herself who recently celebrated her 80th year.
(828) 526-4949

June 17, 2009

25th Annual Arts and Music Festival- Dillsboro

June 20th in Dillsboro.
Celebrate traditional mountain crafts and enjoy lively regional musicians, dancers and storytellers at historic Dillsboro’s 25th annual Arts & Music Festival! In addition to Dillsboro’s unique shops and studios, Front Street is lined with tents featuring all kinds of art and fine crafts including basketry, pottery, weaving, quilting, woodworking, jewelry, stained glass, painting, photography and more.
Coordinator: Information: call 800-962-1911

June 16, 2009

Father's Day Art Experience- Waynesville

19-20 WAYNESVILLE "Artistic Encounters" - Stroll Waynesville and "encounter" something artistic that brightens your day!Artist demonstrations, music, storytelling & more.
June 19, 6 - 9 pm: Stores will be serving their favorite appetizer and providing the recipe. Saturday,
June 20, 10 - 5: a full day of artistic encounters throughout downtown!
Waynesville Gallery Association 452-9284.

June 13, 2009

Art in Bloom- Black Mountain Fund -Raiser

June 18-21 The Black Mountain Center for the Arts. A special event of art and flowers. The artwork in the gallery, which is on loan from regional galleries, will be complemented by interpretations of flowers by area floral designers. The fragility of the flowers dictates that the show will only last a few days. There are several ticketed events, which is a fundraiser for our local non-profit Arts Center. A Gala Preview Party on Thursday, June 18, a local garden tour on Fri/Sat. June 19-20, an Ikebana demonstration and afternoon tea on Fri. June 19, a special gardening presentation on “Best Garden Plants for NC” with author Pam Beck, followed by a book signing on Sat, June 20, and a show of the garden tour plain air painters work on Sunday, June 21.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 828/669-0930, or look at their website at www.blackmountaina!, and click on Events, then Art in Bloom.
225 W. State Street

June 12, 2009

Pottery Workshop- Robbinsville

June 15-19 Robbinsville, Snowbird Mountain Lodge. Join longtime Snowbird guests M.C. and Jim Jerkins as they share the joy of making pottery with instruction as to how to form your clay piece, decorate it and glaze it. If you'd like, M.C. and Jim will take your work back to their studio and fire it in the kiln and then ship it to you !
No experience is necessary. Classes will be held Monday thru Thursday during the day with a break for lunch, hiking, napping, etc.

June 10, 2009

Food can be Art- Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Bryson City

Saturday, June 13, 9am – 1pm
Chef Michael Gentry will prepare 15 great summer dishes from the Everyone Cooks!! Collection.
121 Schoolhouse Road
Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

June 8, 2009

Summer Workshops at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

June workshops
8-12 Image Transfer Techniques for Clay Paul Wandless
15-19 The Narrative in Clay Kathy King
22-26 Japanese Wheel and Slab Construction Judith Duff

June 5, 2009

Sculpture Stroll- Black Mountain

Black Mountain is pleased to present a “Sculpture Stroll” running now through December 2009.

Custom sculpture is showcased at various outdoor sites throughout the town,
featuring artists such as Julia Burr, Julia Stout, Dan Howachyn, Tekla, Carro, Dave Taylor, and Marty Cain.

The public is invited to an opening event featuring live music on Thursday
June 18, 7 p.m. at Lake Tomahawk Park, which joins in with the kick-off for this year's Park Rhythms.

June 4, 2009

Men of the Mountains - Brevard

June 15 - July 10 Brevard, Transylvania Art Council.
An art exhibit of artwork by local mountain men in painting, photography, wood work, sculpture, clay and more.

There will be an artist reception on June 26 from 5pm to 9pm. More information call 828-884-2787.

June 3, 2009

Featured Artist: Sculpture Garden and Open Studios of Dan Howachyn and Tekla

June 20 11AM - 6PM Black Mountain, Sculpture Garden and Open Studios of Dan Howachyn and Tekla
Location: 203 Padgettown Road in Black Mountain on Saturday.
Sculptures of Monumental proportion and an all day forging and blacksmithing demonstration
Call 828-669-1001 or visit

June 2, 2009

Comporium Student Art Contest- Brevard

June 8-10 Enjoy artwork created by students in Transylvania County for this contest by Comporium. Artwork will be on display June 8-10 from 10 am - 4 pm. There will be a winners reception at TC Arts Council on June 8th from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm.
For more info. call TC Arts Council at 884-2787.

Location: TC Arts 349 S. Caldwell Street
Time:10 am - 4 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Tammy - TC Arts 884-2787

June 1, 2009

TC Arts Summer Art Camp

June 22- 26 Brevard. The Transylvania Community Arts Council invites youth ages 5-12 years old to explore visual arts, music, dance and creative writing. There are morning and afternoon sessions available. Am session runs 9 am - 12pm and the afternoon session runs 1 pm - 4 pm. Cost is $75 per child.
To register call TCArts at 884-2787.

May 31, 2009

Hendersonville - Curb Market Old Timey Day

June 6 Curb Market Old Timey Day. The Henderson County Curb Market is the South's most unique Curb Market. This special event includes music, sausage & ham biscuits cooked on a old timey wood stove, antique displays and more.

All items sold at the market must be either handmade or locally grown Henderson County. 221 Church Street 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 828)692-8012

Spring Festival - Murphy

June 6 - Spring Festival. Crafts, food, music and family fun, including a kid's corner. Antique car and tractor shows. Held rain or shine! Downtown Murphy (828)837-6821

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th event - Patchwork Fabric Festival

June 6 9-5PM. Cullowhee, Jackson County Recreation Center. Established to forever honor and preserve our local talents & provide a sales outlet showcasing our unique mountain heritage. The traditions of spinning, weaving, quilting, sewing and other hand stitchery has survived in the Appalachian culture through the generations, kept alive by the hands of those who value these skills passed down to them. Website: Email: Phone: 828-631-4587

May 29, 2009

Artists: Art in the Asheville Airport

The Asheville Regional Airport Authority is now accepting applications for Art in the Airport. Applications for the next exhibit must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009. For complete instructions go to:

May 28, 2009

Gourd Festival- Cherokee

June 5-7 CHEROKEE Cherokee Gourd Festival This event is truly unique! Featuring classes and workshops on all facets of gourd manufacture and design. All this in a fun and lively festival atmosphere.
Cherokee Fair Grounds

May 27, 2009

Pastels for the Park- Bryson City

June 6-27 Bryson City, The Artists' House Too.
An exhibition of 40 pastel paintings by members of the Appalachian Pastel Society to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Opening reception June 6th 6-8 pm at The Artists' House Too, Bryson City.

A portion of the sales to benefit the Friends of the Smokies. 32 Everett Street Bryson City, NC

Sylva's Art After Dark on 1st Fridays

June 5 Downtown Sylva. An evening of arts, dining, music and good conversation. This event is held the first Friday of the months of May - December in downtown Sylva. Contact:
Call: (828) 631-3020

May 26, 2009

Gallery Crawl- West Jefferson

JUNE – OCT Downtown West Jefferson 5-8PM Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson. Second Friday of each month. More than 15 art galleries and studios. Ashe County Arts Council: 336-846-2787

May 25, 2009

Artful Living Weekend Seminar

May 29 - 31. Asheville, Grove Park Inn. Join the North Carolina Arts Council and Handmade in America for an inspiring weekend of designers, artists, and other aesthetic experts in fascinating seminars.
$50/day pass for Saturday, weekend passes available.
Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa 290 Macon Ave Asheville, NC
Megan Williams 828-252-0121

May 24, 2009

Center City Art Walk

Jun 05 5-8 PM Asheville, Center City Art Walk. Galleries stay open Friday evenings four times a year to showcase new shows and artists. Walk to 30 galleries downtown.

Woodworking in Burnsville

June 5 - July 4 Burnsville, The Design Gallery 7 Souith Main Street.
This summer Brian Boggs will be curating a show at the Design Gallery in Burnsville, NC. This is an exhibit dedicated to showcasing the work of new woodworkers in the western NC area as well as new work by established makers. Furniture is the main focus
but other woodworking is welcome.
Contact Brian for more information visit

May 22, 2009

The Village Square Art & Craft Show- Highlands

May 23 Highlands, Pine Street Park.
Local artisans and includes fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, turned wood, jewelry, furniture, children's apparel, metal craft and more. In addition, Patti Cakes the clown will do face painting.

May 21, 2009

Artist in Action- Brevard

May 23 Brevard. Artists from the Transylvania Art Guild will be painting live, outside at Silvermont. Come on out for a while and talk with the artists while they paint. They will have other artworks for viewing and sale. It sure to be a lot of fun for all. There is a rain date for this show on the 30th of May in S. Broad Park by the Library.

May 20, 2009

Heritage Fest Weekend- Bryson City

May 22-23
Riverfront Park, Bryson City
Music with an emphasis on old time gospel, local arts and crafts, food, games and fun.

May 19, 2009

Exhibit: Art About Animals- Brevard

May 22 5PM - 9PM Brevard, TC Arts Council.
Artist reception for TC Arts Council Exhibit, Art Unleashed featuring artwork about animals in many mediums.
349 S. Caldwell Street Brevard, NC.
Call 828-884-2787

May 18, 2009

Artist Spotlight: Austin Boleman

Austin Boleman studied stained glass at Columbia University and then clay became his true passion. Throw in a little fire and Austin is in his element!
View his website at
PHONE: (828) 686-1011

May 17, 2009

Asheville: Grovewood Gallery - Meet the Maker

May 23 11AM - 3PM Asheville, Grovewood Gallery.
Meet the Maker – Glass Artist Carl Powell at Grovewood Gallery
Grovewood studio artist, Carl Powell, will be in the gallery from 11am - 12pm and 2pm - 3pm to answer questions about his work and discuss his techniques and inspiration. Examples of Carl's glass sculptures and stained glass will be on display and available for sale. Commissions and custom pieces are welcome.

111 Grovewood Road 828-253-7651

May 15, 2009

Historic Craft Revival Showcase Event

May 22- 23 Asheville, Folk Art Center. Craft Revival Project. A region-wide free event held at the Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. Featuring Jeff Biggers, Author of United States of Appalachia, Friday evening, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and a Interactive Workshop Saturday, May 23rd at 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Free Folk Art Center Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville

H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill's BIRDS: The Science of Illustration

May 21 - Nov 1 Asheville The NC Arboretum. H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill's BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. In conjunction with The North Carolina Arboretum's celebration as an official part of the NC Birding Trail, this exhibit explores how art and science work together in Pratt and Sill's artistic illustrations of birds. Free for members or with parking fee ($6 per personal vehicle) 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 828-665-2492

Old New and Blue

May 16 Maggie Valley Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Music festival with vending space for local craft artists. We are looking for craft artists to come sell their works at the music festival. 828-926-3253.

Primavera! Spring Fest

May 16 11AM - 7PM Waynesville Haywood County Fairgrounds. Primavera! Spring Fest
Come out to the first annual Primavera! Spring Fest at the Haywood County Fairgrounds May 16, 2009 from 11am -7 pm. Take a class with a master gardener, try out yard equipment, listen to local music, and shop for local plants, food and crafts. If you are intested in being a vendor or performer please contact us.
$1 per car 828-301-9126

Honey Bee Arts & Crafts Festival

May 16 10AM - 5 PM Marion Historic Downtown Marion. Honey Bee Arts & Crafts Festival
McDowell Arts Council invites you to join them in celebrating the Honey Bee! We're fascinated by this little insect and enjoy the rewards of their work. This year, McDowell Arts Council Association brings attention to the Honey Bee by combining the time-honored tradition of beekeeping with a celebration of local artists and craftsmen. The festival will take place on Main Street in Historic Marion.

North Carolina Gold Festival

May 15-16 Marion, Tom Johnson's Rally Park. This annual event features gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night “Gold Tales” and Saturday musical performance. Music, food and fun will happen at Tom Johnson's Rally Park, in Marion. For more information, visit or call 800-959-9033.

May 14, 2009

The 8th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

May 16 - Mount Airy. Come taste the wines of the Yadkin Valley! The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival ® is open to the public, including families with children (for your safety and the safety of others, please leave your pets at home). Craft vendor displays and music will take place adjacent to the wine tasting area. There will be a roving Bacchus and activities for the youngsters. Entertainment for the 2009 Festival will commence with music by the Natty Bo Duo from 11a.m. through 12:30p.m. Big Daddy Love will play from 1p.m. through 2:30p.m. Between music there will be a grape stomp for the kids in attendance and some other special events. Headliner band Legends of Beach (with Jackie Gore) will perform from 3:00 until 6:00p.m. Food and non-wine beverages will be available for purchase from selected vendors. For more info visit

6th Annual Saluda Arts & Music Festival

May 16 Saluda. The Town of Saluda celebrates the talent of more than 50 local artists and crafts people from Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina. (828) 749-2581

Wine and Cheese Reception

May 14, from 5-7PM Black Mountain Center for The Arts in celebration of The Black Mountain Community Endowment Fund 10th anniversary. All Black Mountain Chamber Members are invited!

May 6, 2009

Artist JC LANGE- A Unique Mother's Day Keepsake

I am a collage artist specializing in custom photo collages. My portraits are whimsical and unique. I work with photos of your kids, pets, family, and friends and create a unique keepsake with my imagination and whatever beautiful papers and collage items I have at the moment. Each is a one-of-a-kind, original piece of art.
Visit for more details.

May 5, 2009

BLOWING ROCK Art in the Park.

May 16 BLOWING ROCK Art in the Park. A juried arts & craft show featuring 100 artists. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM American Legion Grounds

Montford Arts and Music Festival

May 16 ASHEVILLE 6th Annual Montford Arts and Music Festival. This street festival, including musical acts and a juried art show, highlight the artistic strength of one of Asheville’s oldest neighborhoods. Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this festival is free to the public, and sponsored by the Montford Neighborhood Association.

For more information, call or email Sharon Fahrer at 828-777-1014 or Ben Scales at 828-225-4840 for directions or more info.

May 3, 2009

Folk Art Center: Fiber Weekend

May 9 - 10th Asheville, Folk Art Center. Throughout Mother’s Day weekend the Folk Art Center will be bursting with color as craftspeople share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of fiber arts. This year, artists participating in the free event will focus on color with a wide variety of demonstrations in dyeing, weaving, spinning, knitting, broom making, crocheting, beadwork, printing and surface design. Not only will visitors learn about the process and technique, but they will also see how color inspires and influences the craft. Other themes the artists will explore on Fiber Day are recycling, repurposing and sustainability and how they influence design and object-making. Hands-on demonstrations will delight children and adults alike as they are encouraged to take part in the creative process. Some of the activities include weaving a bookmark, building collages, and surface design on fabric.

Black Mountain: Braidstream Mother's Day Performance

May 10 2:30 PM Black Mountain. A very special performance, on the grounds of the Black Mountain Inn on Mother's Day. Bring a picnic lunch, dessert provided by the Black Mountain Inn,and handcrafted wine offered by Lake James Cellar.
From Celtic to Native American and Baltic, from classical to the edge of jazz and beyond, Braidstream is an eclectic mix of musical styles, backgrounds and cultures coming together to create a whole greater than the sum of it’s parts. With flutes, hammered dulcimer, guitar, sitar, cello and vocals, these internationally recognized artists meld classical and modern forms into an exciting weave that defies categorization.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to Treat Mom to something Special!!!
Braidstream has been performing together professionally since 1985 and has been featured on HGTV at Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. For reservations, please call 828 669 6528.

Ticket Info: $20. Adv.Purchase $25 day of event/children $10.00 (under 10 no charge)

Montreat College: Lecture and Book Signing

May 11 7PM Gaither Chapel on the Montreat College campus, Black Mountain. Dr. Bill Forstchen, New York Times best-selling author and long-time Professor of History at Montreat College, will give a lecture and host a book signing for his latest bestseller, One Second After. Admission is free, the event is open to the community, and copies of One Second After will be available for purchase after the lecture. One Second After is set in Montreat, NC and the Swannanoa Valley and chronicles the plight of United States citizens after a powerful weapon known as an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) is detonated in the atmosphere, destroying or disabling electronic equipment across the nation. One Second After has climbed to #11 on the New York Times bestseller list since its release in mid-March 2009.

For more information about this event, contact Sandi Chamberlain at Montreat College by email,, or by dialing 828.669.8012, ext. 3621.

Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and Black Mountain, with courses being taught in Cherokee, Murphy and other NC locations.

Asheville Entertainment: Benji Hughes w/Wayne Robbins & the Hellsayers

May 9 doors open 8PM Asheville, Grey Eagle. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Benji Hughes spends much of his time masterminding his blend of inventive rock and ballads. At times earnest, at others whimsical, Benji is equally adept at keyboards and guitar. He loves beer but he loves women even more. Underneath his thick mane of strawberry blond hair and beard is a versatile singer/songwriter, full of heart. His music collection -- spanning everything from The Crystals, Merle Haggard, and Kinky Friedman to Talking Heads, The Cars, and Slayer --is as wild as his gracious exterior. For more info or tickets: 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville 828-232-5800

May 2, 2009

Featured Artist John Brady

May Featured Artist, New River Arts and Crafts, Sparta. John Brady is a man steeped in history. A woodworking artisan for 30 years, the extraordinary pieces he creates will certainly outlive him, passed on for generations as beloved family heirlooms. His woodworking is truly "organic." John began crafting full-time after his retirement to satisfy the needs and dreams of friends and family, and the business grew naturally from those beginnings. John is devoted to woodworking and enjoys every step of transforming a a rough piece into a finished work of art. Much of the wood John uses is 75-150 years old, "recycled" from demolished barns and buldings. John prefers the superior tones of aged woods and his distinctive craftsmanship ensures that no two pieces he creates are never alike.

April 30, 2009

Art School Open House

May 3 1PM-4PM Glendale Springs. The Paul and Florence Thomas Memorial Art School hopes you’ll join us for refreshments as we announce the full 2009 season of more than 35 classes in the fine arts and master crafts. Located at 242 Trading Post Road in Glendale Springs.

April 29, 2009

Region-wide event at The Folk Art Center-Asheville

May 22 - 6PM, May 23 - 9AM-noon. Asheville, The Folk Art Center. Learn about the historic Craft Revival period in Western North at a free, region-wide event featuringJ eff Biggers and an interactive workshop. The event launches Western Carolina University's online digital collection on the historic Craft Revival. The Saturday Interactive Workshop will allow visitors to use the Craft Revival website as a research tool. Staffed interactive workstations will provide opportunities for participants to try out the website in a variety of ways. These include:

• K-12 teacher station to facilitate the use of lesson plans and resources
• Research station using the website to identify objects
• Digital station to outline basic scanning techniques
• Scavenger hunt station where participants will solve research questions

Registration for the Interactive Workshop begins Saturday, May 23rd at 9 am. Teachers who wish to receive CEU credit should pre-register by contacting Norma Bradley at 828-298-8555 or