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 @
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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 CafĂ©.

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.