December 30, 2011

Heartwood Gallery Anniversary Sale Starts Januray 2, 2012

Heartwood Gallery is celebrating 27 years of 100% American crafts with an anniversary sale beginning Monday, January 2, 2012. Customers will receive $27 off all purchases over $100. Heartwood Gallery offers an excellent collection of pottery and a wide variety of artisans working in  handcrafted wood, jewelry, fiber, candles, glass, paintings, garden art and more.

Heartwood Gallery is located at 21 East Main Street in historic downtown Saluda, NC

December 29, 2011

HandMade in America Online Fundraiser

HandMade in America needs your support for our Online Fundraiser. Your support will allow HandMade in America to continue to provide services for craft artists through classes, online promotion, information and advocacy. It will allow HandMade in America to continue to build markets and opportunities to grow the craft economy in Western North Carolina and provide a model for areas in the nation that want to grow the impact of craft on their economies.
HandMade in America has been a leader and innovator in creative placemaking, a term that describes revitalization by creative initiatives that animate places and spark economic development.  This year HandMade educated over 300 craft artists, worked in 13 small towns, and supported over 100 Appalachian women owned businesses.

December 28, 2011

John C Campbell, the Year in Review

2011 at John C Campbell Folk School saw the success of longstanding annual traditions as well as several new events, such as the Culinary Collaboration dinner series. The June Gala and Benefit Auction raised roughly $20,000 and Fall Festival in October drew nearly 16,000 people. Many enjoyed the culinary expertise of our cooking instructors for the Springtime Folk School Feast and Harvest Feast.

Recently renovated Hill House provides five bedrooms with private bathrooms for students. Two new student houses have been added to the diverse collection of lodging options. The Cottage, a cozy 1940s home which is nestled beside Hubbell House, was purchased to provide two bedrooms with private bathrooms, a spacious living room, kitchen, and welcoming porch.  Historic Hill House is also now open for guests. After undergoing renovation as part of the Capital Campaign, the 1930s home with connections to the original Brasstown Carvers now provides five bedrooms with private bathrooms.

Some of the studios also benefited from improvements and additions in 2011. The outdoor brick oven outside the Cooking Studio was put to use in January just in time for Emily Buehler's Science of Bread class, followed by Patryk Battle's Artisan Bread Baking class. Much to the delight of  jewelry and metals students and instructors, fundraising in the Spring allowed the size of the Jewelry and Metals Studio to double.  The 528 square foot addition provides students with more work space and better storage areas.

The Forging the Future Capital Campaign has reached $1,600,000 of the $2,000,000 goal. The School would  like to thank everyone who has already contributed to this important Campaign that allows  further progress of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative, preservation of the historic buildings, building the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop and Field House, and strengthening the Folk School endowment.

To make a donation to help reach the Capital Campaign goal, contact Reed Caldwell, Development Manager, at

December 26, 2011

Handmade in America Hosts Textile Study Group

Want to learn more about textiles?

The Textile Study Group is a way to explore information and history of various forms of textiles. It's open to anyone at HandMade in America at 5:30 each month:

2012 Schedule
January 18      Textiles and Natural Dyes in India, Catharine Ellis
Feb. 15           Tencel, Bamboo, Rayon, Modal...What are they? Karen Donde
March 21         North Carolina Mill History, Susie Wheelis
April 18           Felt, Vasanto
May 16            The Local, Sustainable Approach to Textile Manufacturing, Daniel Sanders
June 20           How old is fiber work?, Teena Tuenge
July 18            Egyptian Revival Textiles, Gwen Perkins
August 15        History of the spinning wheel, Eileen Hallman
Sept. 19          Starting a Spinning Mill in the 21st Century, Julie Jensen
October 17      History of Rag Rugs, Mary Jo Lanik
November 21   TBD
December 19   Destinies Drawn and Spun: “Images of Eve and Mary as Spinstresses”, Beth Johnson

Questions about the study group? contact:
Catharine Ellis,  or Susie Wheelis

December 23, 2011

Holiday Hours for Quilter's Quarters

Quilter's Quarters, 1510 Dellwood Road in Waynesville  NC, will be open Sat, Christmas Eve from 10:00-2:00 PM - Get those last minute stocking stuffers and gift certificates. The shop will be closed on Monday, December 26th, and will be closing at 5:00 PM now through the winter.

Asheville Art Museum Holiday Hours

Special Holiday Hours at the Asheville Art Museum: Please note that the Museum will close on Saturday, December 24 at 2:00 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday, December 27, at 10:00 a.m.

December 21, 2011

Asheville Art Museum offers Holiday Arts Extravaganza for Kids

Are you looking for enriching activities for your kids to enjoy over the holiday break? Extravaganza Campers will enjoy fun-filled afternoons creating art of all kinds during the Holiday Arts Extravaganza. Materials will be provided and pre-registration is required.

Children in grades 1- 4 are eligible for the Museum's Holiday Arts Extravaganza which takes place Tuesday, December 27 - Friday, December 30, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM daily. The fee is $18 daily for Members | $20 daily for non-Members

For more information and to register, contact Sharon McRorie at 828.253.3227 ext. 122 or email 

December 19, 2011

Subscribe to WNC Magazine and Donate to the Asheville Art Museum

Through the end of the year, WNC magazine will donate a portion of subscriptions purchased to benefit Museum education programs and exhibitions.  

Each issue of WNC magazine explores arts, architecture, history, food, and entertainment throughout Western North Carolina - and our neighbors and tastemakers that make them all happen. Please consider giving to the Asheville Art Museum by purchasing a subscription to WNC this holiday season. More information about this offer can be found here.

1 year (9 issues) is $19.95
$5 will be donated to your Museum

2 years (18 issues) is $34.95
$10 will be donated to your Museum

3 years (27 issues) is $49.95
$15 will be donated to your Museum

December 18, 2011

Cloth Fiber Workshop 2012 Workshops Preview

The new 2012 schedule of classes are now posted or The Cloth Fiber Workshop website.   The year starts with illustrative embroidery with Betsy Archer, next Catharine Ellis will teach how to make an organic indigo vat and with Richard Caro there will be a hands-on approach to understanding quiltmaking in American culture. These are just a few of the great workshops you'll be able to take at Cloth in 2012.
For the complete summer/fall schedule and workshop materials lists and fees, please see the Class Description page.

Cloth Fiber Workshop is located at
122 Riverside Drive, Studio D in the River Arts District,   Asheville NC.

December 17, 2011

Henderson County Crafters Association Craft Show this Weekend

December 16-18     Henderson County Crafters Association Craft Show   The Henderson County Crafters Association will host a craft show at the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville NC on  Fri and Sat 10 am-9 pm & Sunday 1-6 pm

December 16, 2011

FREE SHIPPING Today only, Dec 16, for Art Supplies

PLUS 10% off on orders of $119, December 16, 2011 only.
Exclusions apply.

Farm to Fashion Opening Reception Tonight

December 16, 5:30 PM - 8 PM - Farm to Fashion opening reception at  the HandMade in America offices at 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 in Asheville NC. Learn more about local textiles and see a special screening of “Farm to Fashion”; a documentary produced by film students at Western Carolina University.  Fiber farmers, custom mills and textile artists are ready to spread the word about the regional fiber economy by encouraging you to buy clothes and home furnishings that are locally raised and produced.

December 15, 2011

A Message from HandeMade in America

HandMade in America wishes to thank every supporter of the Western North Carolina's craft artists and communities.  Without the continued support and funding of the organizations and individuals, the work of HandMade would not be what it has been nor what it will become. Thank you!

How You Can HelpSupport HandMade in America in carrying out our mission: Please make checks or other gifts payable to: HandMade in America PO Box 2089 Asheville, NC 28802 - Or make a secure donation online by going to our website.

December 14, 2011

Pincu Pottery Announces Winter Thowing Kids in WNC

Just Scheduled: Children's Wheel-Throwing Classes this winter! Choose Thursday or Friday after school (3:30-5 pm) or Saturday morning (10 am - noon) for a 2-hour per week class. Four weeks will get your kids started in making pottery on the potter's wheel. Everything is included - tools, clay, glaze, firing costs.... $11.25 per hour.
Pincu Pottery is located at  80 Highway 28 South Bryson City, NC

December 13, 2011

50% Off Sale at Random Arts

50% off  ALL Holiday Card Supplies - ALL holiday card making adhesives, stickers, rub-ons, Tim Holtz papers etc. Now through Dec 31st.   Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Avenue, Saluda NC

December 12, 2011

Final HandMade Craft Lab for the Year

December 13:  How to Complete an Exhibition Proposal. HandMade in America hosts juried exhibitions in the HandMade office. In order to have your work shown, an exhibition proposal must be submitted. Learn what
juries are looking for and how to increase your chances of being selected.

Craft Labs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month at HandMade in America's offices in Asheville at 125 S Lexington Avenue, Suite 101.  Please RSVP by calling 828-252-0121 or emailing Kari Rinn.

December 11, 2011

Santa's Palette Holiday Show and Sale in Brevard

Now through December 16 - Have you finished your Holiday shopping yet? The Transylvania Community Arts Council invites you to finish that holiday shopping at their Santa’s Palette - Holiday Show & Sale  This art sale features high-quality hand-made items created by local artists. Artwork featured includes paintings, wooden bowls, cards, jewelry, hand-woven Christmas Stockings, fiber arts, CD’s, baskets, photography, hand-dyed wearables, mixed media, paper mache, country sippers, home-made dog collars and much more.

A reception will be held on December 16
from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, 349 South Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC

December 10, 2011

Visit Waynesville Galleries during a Night Before Christmas

December 10    A Night Before Christmas  Come share this holiday tradition downtown. Live music, and caroling, Santa Claus, old-fashioned wagon rides, storytelling, poetry, hundreds of luminaries and more! Shops, galleries, and restaurants remain open until 9 PM. Historic Downtown Waynesville NC

December 9, 2011

Penland offers Holiday Gift Ideas

Here are some fun gift ideas for the Penland fans and craft lovers on your list:
To purchase items, call the school store at 828-765-2359 ext 18. Or you can visit in person - we'd love to see you! The store is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call for holiday hours.  North Carolina sales tax (6.75%) will be added to all purchases.   All purchases ship via Priority Mail in US, charges range from $4.95- $11.95.

Penland gift packages for Christmas 2011!  Delightfully packaged in stylish Eco bags:

"The Penland Painter"
Bag includes: watercolor stack set, travel brush washer,
set of 3 brushes, Artist Survival kit, 9 well flower palette,
9x 12" water color pad, wooden art box, small faux leather sketch book,
4 itty bitty canvases (2.5x 3.5"), and a Penland logo pen
gift bag drawer

"The Penland Drawer"
Bag includes: charcoal set, woodless graphite set,
3x 4" chamois cloth, magnetic moveable mannequin, pencil pod,
Kum pencil sharpener, Flip and Sketch book, Staedtler eraser,
4 itty bitty canvases (2.5x 3.5"), Sugarcane lined note book,
and a Penland logo pen


Baseball Caps
(Port & Company, 100% cotton)
Stonewashed blue, olive, charcoal, maroon

Military Caps
(District Threads, 100% distressed cotton)
Black, khaki, chocolate

Large Messenger Bag
(District Threads, 100% cotton canvas)

small messenger bags

Small Messenger Bags (District Threads, 100% cotton canvas)
Stone, Charcoal, Olive   $32.20

Allie Tote   (Port Authority, 100% garment washed cotton)
Orange, sangria, shock lime, turquoise  $31.05

black apron

Penland Water Tower Apron
White, yellow, fuschia, teal New black apron w/silver Water Tower!
D ring adjustable neck, two pockets  $17.00

Water Bottles Stainless steel - 18oz
Red, turquoise, lime, rust  $13.30 

Dual Grip Travel Tumbler
  Stainless steel lining
Blue, deep red, silver  $12.75
sketch books

Penland School of Crafts Spiral Bound Sketchbook
5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 75 pages, letterpress-printed cover by John Horn at Possum Printin'
Cinnamon, green, purple, sienna, yellow  $6.50

Penland School of Crafts Spiral Bound Pocket Notebook
4-3/4" x 2-1/2", 35 pages, letterpress-printed cover by John Horn at Possum Printin'
Cinnamon, green, purple, sienna, yellow  $2.00
clay t-shirt
Penland "Clay" Vintage Photo T-shirt

S, M, L, 100% cotton, short sleeve   $16 
Penland "Iron" Vintage Photo T-shirt
S, M, L, 100% cotton, short sleeve   $16

Penland "Glass" Vintage Photo T-shirt
S, M, L, 100% cotton, short sleeve  $16

Penland "Textiles" Vintage Photo T-shirt
S, M, L, 100% cotton, short sleeve   $16

wagon t-shirt

Penland "Travel Log" Vintage Photo T-shirt
S, M, L, 100% cotton, short sleeve   $16

Penland Gift Certificates and Tender Cards

Gift Certificates are available for classes (covering tuition and/or other fees) or for gallery purchases. Electronic gift certificates can be delivered to your recipients by e-mail within one business day of your order. We can also send a paper certificate if you prefer. (Individuals redeeming gift certificates for the cost of classes must follow normal application and registration procedures including the lottery.) 

Click here to purchase Penland gift certificates, or you can order by phone at 828-765-2359 ext. 15.

Questions about purchasing or redeeming a Penland gift certificate? Contact the Registrar's office by phone at 828-765-2359 ext. 15, or by email at
Penland Tender Cards are like paper credit cards (or gift cards)--students and instructors use them so they don't have to carry cash while they are at Penland. However, anyone can use them anytime at the supply store, the coffee house, and the Pines dining hall. They are available for $10, $15, $25, or $50.  It's a perfect gift for anyone who lives near Penland, visits Penland, or is planning to take an upcoming class. To purchase tender cards, call the supply store.    

Penland Books  
Gift From the Hills  Lucy Morgan with LeGette Blythe
This memoir by Penland's founder, Lucy Morgan, tells the remarkable story of Penland's beginnings and early history.  Paperback, $13.95

The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience
Produced in 2004 as part of the celebration of Penland's 75th anniversary, this book contains a short history of the school, nine essays on craft by scholars and writers from a variety of fields including poetry, anthropology, chemistry, folklore, and material culture. The writers are Galen Cranz, Ellen Denker, Ellen Dissanayake, Robin Dreyer, Roald Hoffmann, Lewis Hyde, Elieen Myles, Norris Brock Johnson, Michael Owen Jones, and Patricia C. Phillips.
Hardback, $34.95

The Lark Books Penland Series
Each of these books contains essays and intermediate level, hands-on techniques from ten artists affiliated with Penland School of Crafts. Each chapter is rounded out by examples of work by the artist/author and by other artists who use similar techniques. These books are inspiring, beautiful to look at, and filled with useful technical information.

The Penland Book of Handmade Books:  
Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques
Hardback, $34.95
Paperback, $19.95

The Penland Book of Jewelry:  
Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques 
Hardback, $34.95

The Penland Book of Woodworking:  
Master Classes in Woodworking Techniques 
Hardback, $34.95

The Penland Book of Glass:  
Master Classes in Flameworking Techniques
Hardback, $34.95 

studio protector
The Studio Protector
This fun-to-use, indispensable wall guide and companion web site,, is for artists who want to cover their A's (art, assets, and archives, that is) in the event of an emergency.

Paper engineer Carol Barton and a team of artists designed this disaster readiness kit for studio artists, photographers, and media artists. It features two spinning wheel charts that explain how artists can plan ahead for emergencies and reduce the impact of a fire, flood, hurricane, or tornado. In addition, five pocket protectors or pullout guides provide detailed information about what to do in the minutes before a disaster strikes, how to clean up after a calamitous event, and how to salvage fire and water damaged items.

December 7, 2011

Blowing Rock Art and History (BRAHM) Celebrates the Holidays

December 11, 2 PM - 4 PM at the BRAHM, 159 Chestnut Street (corner of Chestnut and Main)
Blowing Rock, NC -  BRAHM celebrates the holidays with a community Open House with FREE Admission to the Museum and light seasonal refreshments, including stolen from Stick Boy Bread Company.

A Gingerbread House Workshop ($10/$9 for members) will begin at 2:30 in the Education Center. Houses will be no-bake with a graham cracker base and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration for the workshop is required by December 8. For more information or to register, call (828) 295-9099 ext. 3006 or e-mail

December 6, 2011

Buy HandMade for the Holidays

Visit the Stecoah Gallery in the Stecoah Valley Center for the Cultural Arts for your Handmade Holiday Gifts. The Gallery will be open 10-5 Mon-Sat through Dec 23 and 10-2 on Christmas Eve. The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road in Stecoah (Robbinsville) NC.

December 5, 2011

Zen-doodle Tomorrow at Random Arts

Dec 6 from 10 AM - 12 PM at Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC  - join the creative minds at Random Arts for ZEN- Doodling this Tuesday.  It's fun, stress free and easy to do...oodle. All you need is a pen and paper to create in this carefree atmosphere in our cozy studio.  No pre-registration necessary, just come on down!

December 4, 2011

ArtMart will be open next Saturday in Old Fort

December 10   ArtMart  Locally created arts and crafts displayed inside the historic Old Fort Depot. Stop by to chat with the creators of these one of a kind items while you shop for yourself, family or friends. Something for everyone including baskets, paintings, woodwork, wreaths, candles and live demonstrations. Sponsored by Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League.

December 3, 2011

Complimentary Shipping from Gallery Minerva

Featured artist at Gallery Minerva: Tenessee artist, Jason Jackson  finds inspiration in the world of vintage toys. Beautifully framed, these oil paintings are available just in time for the holidays. Priced from $400-1000., these are guaranteed to make Santa smile.  Image shown is:  "Just Digging In", 12"x16", Oil on Linen

Now thru December 20th the gallery will be offering complimentary shipping via UPS to any US address. Give the gift of Art this year and save on shipping.

Gallery Minerva is located at 16 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville NC.

December 2, 2011

Fireside Sale this Sunday at John C. Campbell Folk School

December 4   Fireside Sale at John C. Campbell Folk School  10 - 5 PM.  Stroll through the beautifully decorated Keith House. Cozy up to the fire in the Community Room and shop for holiday gifts made by local and regional artists. John C Campbell Folk School is located at  1 Folks School Road in Brasstown NC.

December 1, 2011

Christmas Shop the Big Crafty in Pack Square this weekend

Dec 4   ASHEVILLE   The Big Crafty  The Asheville Art Museum's family-friendly FREE event returns from 12-6PM. Shop local, handmade and fun at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.  This festive event featuring local artists and crafters, food, music and fun for the entire family.

Art After Dark in Waynesville this weekend

December 2    Art After Dark    Stroll downtown Waynesville's numerous galleries and studios the first Friday of each month, May thru December. Enjoy demonstrations, artist receptions, music and refreshments

November 30, 2011

Art for Penland is now offered Online

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.

Paulus Berensohn and Jenny Mendes, Old Bowl 2
Funds from the sale of these items go directly to Penland School of Crafts. Penland's fees for tuition, room, and board cover less than half the annual expense for classes, outreach programs, and services to artists. Your contribution directly benefits the artists and students who study and work here. Help sustain Penland's exceptional programs and the school's leadership in the field of craft education.

Find items for sale on the Art for Penland web page

November 29, 2011

Random Arts Last Ruby Thursday for the year

December 1 at 1 PM, Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Ave in Saluda NC - Holiday Card Creations ( just $10. and we have all the supplies) There are 3 spaces available. Afternoon session only (1-3pm). Pre-register by  email.

November 28, 2011

Asheville Art Museum Art Break

December 2 from 12 - 1 PM at the Asheville Art Muesum: A Tisket A Tasket: Appalachian, Cherokee and Low Country Baskets   With Cherokee novelist and poet, Robert J. Conley. Free event with Membership or Museum Admission.

The Asheville Art Museum presents lunchtime Art Breaks every first and third Friday
of the month as a series of gallery talks and presentations designed to inform and engage Museum Members and visitors in dialogue with members of the Curatorial and Education Departments, Museum Docents and special guests.

November 27, 2011

The Foothills Art Council Open Air Art Market

December 2 - 3, 10 AM - 5 PM   The Foothills Art Council Open Air Art Market   The open air art market, a juried fine arts & crafts show with a special festive feel.  Shoppers can browse through a tent of 30 vendors and meander through the arbor into the entertainment yard offering wine and beer, food, S'mores-making by a fire pit, Christmas trees and live music. The Art Market is located in Elkin NC, a few miles NE of Wilkesboro.

November 26, 2011

Traditions Pottery Studio Kiln Opening Today

November 26    Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery Studio   Be present at 10:00 a.m. to watch us unload the wood kiln, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens, and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission. Blowing Rock NC.

November 25, 2011

Stecoah Valley Annual Artisans Drive-About

November 25 - 26    Annual Artisans Drive-About Tour in Stecoah Valley -   Visit local artists' studios and galleries and see pottery, original art, a working candle making studio and the Stecoah Gallery featuring a variety of local artisans. Find great holiday gift ideas. Studios are open 10AM - 5 PM both days.

Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk Tonight

November 25     4th Friday Gallery Walks  An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard NC every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5 PM -9 PM

November 23, 2011

Artists' Marketplace in Highlands this weekend

November 25-26    Artists' Marketplace at the Dave Drake Studio Barn - Featuring a gathering of artist tables, the marketplace is the ideal place to find unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind artists' works for Christmas, hostess and New Year's gifts. Located in Highlands NC.

November 22, 2011

HandMade offers Craft Photography Days

In response to the critical need for such an event, HandMade is proud to offer two days of professional photography to prepare you for your next career opportunity.  Renowned professional photographer Steve Mann will be set-up at the HandMade offices to photograph the work of area craft artists.  Images are normally $30 each, but Steve has agreed to offer print ready, high resolution images for $22 each for these two days at HandMade.
Tuesday November 29th 10:30am- 8pm is for the photography of objects 30” or less in size only please.
 Saturday December 3rd 10am- 6pm is for the photography of objects greater than 30” in size only please.
 You may book as many slots as you like.  If the days fill up quickly, more events may be booked.  Take advantage of this amazing chance to have remarkable, high-quality images of your work for exhibition entries, for your portfolio, and for your next show application.  Show your work in its best light!
Check out Steve’s website for examples of his work @
Read Details Below before signing up:

November 21, 2011

Magnum Pottery Open House this Weekend

Nov 25-26   Magnum Pottery Open House and Sale   Watch one of the area’s well known potters, Rob Mangum, at work in his Turkey Knob studio and take advantage of the open house specials - just in time for holiday gift-giving.  Magnum Pottery is located at 280 Turkey Hollow Lane in Sparta NC.

November 20, 2011

John C Campbell offers Holiday Events throughout December

December is a non-stop celebration at the John C Campbell Folk School and everyone is invited to be part of it! Enjoy  free concerts, dances, parties, and activities:

Come learn to make inexpensive and tasteful wreaths and garlands from fresh greenery.

Enjoy the energetic performances of the Morris, Garland, and Rapper Sword dancers.

Be entertained by a local ladies' barbershop chorus.

Bring the kids to a party where they'll make crafts and meet Santa.

View the complete list of the free holiday activities.

November 19, 2011

Hand Crafted Gifts at the John C Campbell Folk School

The John C Campbell Folk School  season of holiday celebration kicks off with Fireside Sale, Sunday, December 4 from 10 AM until 5 PM in Keith House and Davidson Hall.

Over 50 craftspeople will be selling one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery, woodwork, dolls, weaving, knitting, jewelry, natural soaps, blacksmithing, painting, quilting, and much more.

Give unique and thoughtful gifts this holiday season, while supporting our local artists and craftspeople. Enjoy the decked halls of Keith House and warm yourself with the crackling fire, hot beverages and treats, and the company of old friends. For more information, call 828-837-2775.

November 18, 2011

Tellabration! this Weekend at the Folk Art Center

November 20    Tellabration! at the Folk Art Center   Thousands of people around the world gather in small towns and big cities to celebrate storytelling during the last week before Thanksgiving. Asheville Storytelling Circle hosts the local event. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville NC.

November 17, 2011

HandMade Calls for Artists' Donations

As the year is reaching an end, Handmade in America is beginning their annual fundraising campaign which will allow the continuation of services to craft artists in Western North Carolina. As a part of the fundraiser, HandMade would like to include small HandMade gifts or items from local merchants to include in gift bags for funders at a certain level. We are also taking donations of HandMade Christmas Ornaments to sell on a Christmas Tree in our office.

If you would like to donate an item(s), please email Jamie ( information about the piece and include what you retail that item by the end of this week, and get the item to our offices by December 1. The online fundraiser will be launching this week. Please keep an eye out for different ways you can help HandMade in America.

November 16, 2011

New Exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum - Nov 18

November 18 Asheville Art Museum, 2 Pack Square, Asheville NC  -  The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft.    The New Materiality expands beyond the boundaries that currently exist between technology, art and craft.

The artists in this exhibition use new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials such as clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber, to forge new artistic directions. According to Fo Wilson, the curator of the exhibition, The New Materiality looks at a growing development in the United States towards the use of digital technologies as a new material and means of expression in the practice of craft. Read more here...

The Exhibit will continue through March 18 with an opening reception on November 18 from 5 PM - 7 PM - Free with Membership or Museum Admission

November 15, 2011

Lake Lure Artists present "Christmas at the Inn"

November 26, 10 AM - 4 PM, The "Gardens" Building at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn,   64-74A, across from the beach in Lake Lure NC.  The Lake Lure Artists present "Christmas at the Inn" 

Shop for Christmas by browsing through a selection of Original Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Prints, Fine Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery and Sculpture. Each artist is donating an item to be raffled."

Get additional information about Lake Lure HERE

November 14, 2011

This Week at Random Arts - 11-14-11

Nov 15 -  It's ZenDoodle Day   Are you eager to learn all about Zentangle ® without the stress of "doing it perfect" or being told "how" you must do it? Do you just want to doodle? Skeptical of something new or might not have the supplies? Join the no hassle "doodle drop in" at Random Arts. All you need is your pen and paper.  for a creative session with no rules and no charge for the fun! This "drop in" no charge play date happens on the first and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. No need to pre-register or call. Just.... Drop in....  Everyone is welcome.  There are also 3 or 4 of the greatest ZenTangle books now  in stock, too.

Nov 19, 10 Am - 12 noon - Altered Fashionistas. This creative and captivating 2 hour workshop focuses on the face. Not your face but that of a "glamour shot" from a fashion magazine. You will "re-make, re-surface and re-create" that face using a multitude of materials including  a basic stitch on the sewing machine. See how freeing and fun this can be.  Cost $15. (some supplies necessary) Phone 828-749-1165 or email to register. Altered Fashionista - is this you or just a figment of your imagination?  All Levels welcome.

Now in stock: Jewelry Supplies. Everything you need  from wire, to beads to head pins, closures, jump rings and much more.
Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Ave in Saluda  NC

November 13, 2011

Asheville Art Museum Art Break

November 18 (12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.)  Lunchtime Art Break:  The Elemental Arts: Air | Earth | Fire | Water  The Docent-Led Tour  is free for Asheville Art Museum Members or paid Museum admission.

November 12, 2011

Asheville Art Museum Annual Holiday Market

November 15  -  December 3  The Asheville Art the Museum welcomes Members and visitors to attend the Museum Shop's annual Holiday Market. The Holiday Market will take place during regular Museum hours (with the exception of Thanksgiving Holiday): Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. and Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

November 20, 1 Pm - 6 PM Silent Auction and Reception open to Visitors as well as Members.
Select you Holiday gifts from the Museum Shop's inventory including the diverse talent of local artists with original handmade creations by artists Dawn Dalto, Rachel Eager, Jim Caskowski and Leslie Goodrich, among other regional and local artists and craftspeople.

The Holiday Market also features a large selection of books, cards, handmade ornaments, jewelry, toys and a variety of unique items to suit any age or interest.

November 11, 2011

29th Annual Patchwork Craft Group Show this weekend

Nov 11-12   The Patchwork Craft Group's  29th Annual Show  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days. Juried quality arts and crafts. Located at the Masonic Lodge located at 174 East Main Street, Brevard NC. (across from the Chamber of Commerce).

November 10, 2011

River Arts District Studio Stroll this weekend

November 12-13 Asheville's River Arts District Studio Stroll -  During the Studio Stroll, artists of the River Arts District welcome you into their studios to talk with them, see their latest artwork, watch demonstrations, and experience for yourself the magic of the River Arts District.  The Stroll is the first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists’ studios in the region, including 19 historic buildings and artists’ demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

River Arts District  is open year around, providing the public an opportunity to meet artists in their studios. Schedules are available online. Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s River Arts District opens to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL.The District include a variety of cafes, eateries and a brewery to provide sustenance and refreshment during the stroll. There is plenty of parking and you can catch the trolley at Riverview Station or any of the stops listed on the Stroll map. An Information Booth is located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.

November 8, 2011

This Week at Random Arts - 11-8-11

Nov 10:  Ruby ThursdayWorkshop - Rusty Bits 1 PM - 3 PM. Discover the "rusty side of things" in this 2 hour "hands on" workshop, where everything you touch will turn to "rust". From paper, to plastic, to wood, to rubber and fabric... we can make it rust. and it's non-toxic, water clean up and easy to do! Only $10.
(register by phone 828-749-1165 or email) includes all supplies.

Nov. 11: - Carve your own stamps. Have you ever wanted a stamp or image that you couldn't find anywhere? A Logo for your small business? In this "hands on" workshop you will discover just how easy it is to create your own stamps with just one tool. It's a simple process that will delight and amaze you. You will learn the process and then complete several images. 1:00 till 3pm Just $20. (phone 828-749-1165 or email to register)

Nov 12:  Basic Soldering for beginners, from 10 AM -12 PM
. Spend 2 hours learning the simple techniques of basic soldering, using a soldering iron, for creating personalized photo charms,pendants,memory charms, embellishments and more. We will create mini paper collages and surround these with glass and seal with solder. YES! You CAN do it! (THIS WORKSHOP IS FILLED) Next solder workshop is Sat. Dec. 2nd

Class size limited to 6 and pre-registration is necessary. $30 includes all materials and supplies.

Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Ave in Saluda NC

November 6, 2011

Transylvania Community Arts Council ArtMart

Nov 12  -  ArtMart It's time to start your holiday shopping at this one-day blowout sale by local WNC artists at the Transylvania Community Arts Council. The art sale will last from 9 AM - 4 PM. Brevard NC

November 5, 2011

Free Craft Lab:" Using a Blog" from Handmade in America

Nov 8, 6 PM - 8 PM, HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville NC - Free Craft Lab: Using a Blog to showcase your point of view.  Blogs are a web journal that illustrates yourself as an artist. With an outline of how to get your blog started and how to gain an internet following, a Blog can be a great tool to promote your craft and express your thoughts and opinions. Join us for a free Craft Lab taught by Research and Communications Assistant, Jamie Carpenter.(Computers are not needed for this Craft Lab.)  To register, please email Jamie Carpenter or Call 828-252-0121

November 4, 2011

65th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair this Weekend

November 4-6   65th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair   One of the oldest antiques fairs in the Southeast. Thirty-plus antique dealers from all over the country participate in the Fair. The Fair also host an "Heirloom Road Show" with expert evaluations of your personal antiques. Plus, expert lectures on a variety of interesting subjects.

November 3, 2011

Enter the Farm to Fashion Showcase

Handmade in America invites fiber farmers, spinners, custom mills, garment and textile artists within the 23 counties of Western North Carolina to enter its Farm to Fashion exhibit opening Nov. 28, 2011. Our goal is to help explain "Where do your clothes and blankets come from?"
Bring submissions and exhibition entry form to the Handmade in America offices this coming Sunday Nov. 6th from 11am- 2pm, Nov. 7th or 8th from 10am- 4pm along with any special display equipment needed to show them at their best. Each entrant may submit a maximum of three items. Jurying will take place Nov. 9th & 10th. No images are required. Work must be available for display through Jan. 25th. Works not accepted into the show must be picked up from the HandMade offices on Friday Nov. 11th between 10am- 7pm.
Items submitted for jurying need not be produced from locally sourced fiber and/or yarn, but if they are, please point that out in the information you provide about your entries. For more information and to download the exhibition entry form, click here.

Western North Carolina Pottery Festival this weekend in Dillsboro

Nov 5     Western North Carolina Pottery Festival   A juried fall festival features the work of 42 clay artists, with sales and demonstrations of their craft throughout the day. Roughly half the potters hail from the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, while the other half are from as far away as: Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Florida and Ohio. The Festival is located in downtown Dillsboro NC.

November 2, 2011

Gallery Minerva Featured Artists

  North Carolina artist, Sharon Dowell expresses the discovery of urban architecture in a way that incorporates energy, tension and vivid emotion. These vibrant works are now available at Gallery Minerva. Photographed above: "Shift 1" and "Shift 2", 96" x 96".

Back by popular demand and arriving just in time for the Holidays, Gallery Minerva is proud to introduce the new works of jewelry artist Jadwiga Cataldo. Stop by the Gallery to view the latest collection.

Gallery Minerva is located at 8 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville NC.

November 1, 2011

River Arts District mural nears completion

This time last year, two River Arts District artists started a collaboration: a ceramic mural which is currently being pieced together by artists Alex Irvine and Kathy Triplett. The mural was commissioned by Brian and Gail McCarthy, [owners of the Odyssey Center and Highwater Clays] and the initial blueprint was centered around water, something that effects us all in multiple ways.

In the center of the mural stands a five feet long ceramic man, unofficially nicknamed Clingman,  wading through the water and gripping tightly to a coffee mug. According to the artists, the man represents the district in general, artists, visitors and locals blending together to create a community and explore art. The coffee mug is a wink to what keeps many in the community going: a fresh cup of coffee from the Odyssey's neighbor Clingman Cafe.

Irvine and Triplett spent the last year doing prep work for the 10 x 20 mural. Forty-five plaster molds were used to create the water portion of the mural, with the pieces repeating themselves about five times. Irvine spent a month testing the glaze and color for the water portion and, 250 test-tiles later, he found the perfect periwinkle blue/sea-glass green color that will withstand acid rain and other heavy weather conditions.
The next week and a half  the remaining tiles will be pieced together, filling in the golden sky and grouting the wall behind the “joints”. The artists are looking for extra hands for the remaining weeks, so if your in the area, grab some coffee and lend a hand to the inspiring Odyssey mural.

The official unveiling date for the Odyssey mural happens on Thursday, November 10.  Clingman Avenue Extension will be shut down for a street party celebration two days before the River Arts District Studio Stroll.

Visit Irvine's website at  to see the mural's step-by-step process with pictures and explanations.

October 31, 2011

Jim Draper at the Tryon Fine Arts Center

November 3     Explore the Arts  with Jim Draper   Explore the Natural World and the Artist’s Brush with Jim Draper. An artist, a storyteller, a naturalist, Draper takes us from the mundane to the magical, from the Mississippi Delta to the Florida swamps, from a Southern farmyard to a simple feather. Hosted by the Tryon Fine Arts Center located at 34 Melrose Avenue in Tryon NC.

October 30, 2011

Updates from Quilters Quarters

Nov 9, Nov 18 - "Savanna" class.  Learn how easy it is to sew curves to make this stunning quilt.  Website has more details.  Other classes have also been added for Novembe, check the website for details.
Hoffman Bali Pops are in - beautiful 2-1/2" strips in amazing colors...Cherry, Blueberry, Watermelon, Key Lime, Plum Pudding and Coconut. Also in -  60 beautiful new bolts to coordinate with them. Great assortment of colors and a book for lots of ideas.

Holly Taylor's new flannel "Winter in the Pines" is here along with a panel. "Ruby" just arrived in flannel... cotton should be here any time soon. If you liked "Bliss", you'll love this collection from Bonnie & Camille.

Leanne Anderson has a new collection called "In the Beginning"...another cute children's panel and a fabric book are available.

Lots of specials...
Over 200 bolts of $6.50/yd fabric...fat quarters starting at $1.50-panels-kits & many misc items on sale...our classroom is full of bargains.
We're still making room for new fabrics.

Quilter's Quarters is located at 1510 Dellwood Road in Waynesville NC

October 29, 2011

Waynesville's Art After Dark

November 5     Art After Dark  Stroll downtown Waynesville's many galleries and art studios the first Friday of each month, May through December. Watch demonstrations and enjoy artist receptions, music and refreshments

October 28, 2011

Final Show of the Year at Penland

Now through Nov 27 - The final show of the year, The Barns: 2011, featuring work by Penland's current resident artists: David Eichelberger, Robin Johnston, Jeong Ju Lee, Daniel Marinelli, Tom Shields, Amy Tavern, and gwendolyn yoppolo. This exhibition is fantastic, and well worth a visit, - see an online gallery of images from the show here Penland Gallery hours are 10am- 5pm Tuesday- Saturday, and 12- 5pm Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Weaverville Fall Art Safari this weekend

October 29 - 30    Weaverville Art Safari   The Fall Weaverville Art Safari features self-guided tours of various artists' studios, tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. The tours are free and open to the public, and some artists' studios are open year-round by appointment.

October 27, 2011

Visions of Saluda - a 130th Birthday Celebration Special Event

October 28-29 on the Upper Floor of Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill in Saluda NC. Visions of Saluda is a Saluda Art exhibit by 38 local artists. All work will be for sale and each artist will donate part of their proceeds to the 130th Birthday Celebration fundraising campaign to benefit the restoration of City Hall.

Grand Opening Reception Friday, October 28 at 5 PM to celebrate the opening of the Upper Floor of Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill. Free admission. Easy access with elevator. Sales are cash or checks, no credit cards.

4th Friday Gallery Walks in Brevard

October 28     4th Friday Gallery Walks  An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5 PM -9 PM. Located in the Heart of Brevard, NC

October 26, 2011

Upcoming Events at BRAHM

October 29, 1-3 PM, BRAHM Lobby Book-signing with Jonathan Graves, author of the children's book  Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie. Copies of the book are available in the BRAHM Bookstore.

November 1, 9-10 AM, Community Meeting Room - BRAHM Gallery Guide Interest Meeting.  The Museum is seeking volunteers of all ages for its inaugural docent program. Prior experience is beneficial but not required; applicants simply need an enthusiasm for learning and sharing knowledge with others. Those interested in becoming a Gallery Guide are invited.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served. In addition to the Gallery Guide program, there are many other volunteer opportunities at the Museum.
Click here for more information!

Please RSVP for the Gallery Guide interest meeting no later than noon on Monday, October 31 to:Ethan Brooks-Livingston (828) 295-9099 ext. 3004 or

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at
159 Chestnut Street (corner of Chestnut and Main) Blowing Rock, NC