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: (www.quilttrailswnc.org) for $25 until October 30, $35 after the 30th. 25% of the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. For details visit www.quilttrailswnc.org 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 http://www.TurtleIslandPottery.com.

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: http://www.yda-online.com/

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 www.highwaterclays.com 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
Website:  http://www.clothfiberworkshop.com

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.

Website:  http://www.ardenwoodslcs.com/

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.
Website: http://www.haywoodarts.org/