May 31, 2012

Curb Market Old Timey Day this Saturday in Hendersonville

June 2   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.The Cub Market is located in downtown Hendersonville NC.

6th Annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival

June 2   6th Annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival The festival showcases unique mountain heritage in arts & crafts with vendors, displays, bed turning demonstrations and books by local authors. Held in Cullowhee NC.

May 30, 2012

Annual Cherokee Gourd Artist Gathering this weekend

Cherokee Gourd by Brad Hawiyeh-eh
June 1-2  10th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artist Gathering   Featuring exquisitely crafted gourd art, this year’s Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering brings together collectors and exhibiting artists for a weekend of live demonstrations, classes, competitions and a spectacular art market offering stunning works of gourd art, materials, tools and supplies.

Come see how an inexpensive, traditionally utilitarian component of the Cherokee household is transformed into a piece of artwork. Get local information and lodging on the Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.

May 29, 2012

Murphy Art Walk this Friday

June Murphy Art Walk - First Fridays from May through November, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music, Fine Dining, Live Demonstrations and Performances.

Asheville's Downtown Gallery Walk this Weekend

June 1    Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running.

25 downtown venues participate with a complete Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.

May 27, 2012

Featured NC Artist: Annie Singletary

Annie Singletary Ceramics

Artist:   Annie Singletary
Media:  Ceramics
Black Mountain NC
Artist Statement:  "I am a functional ware potter living in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The practical focus of my work is to create utilitarian pottery with mostly porcelain clays and a wide variety of unique glazes. In my most recent work I am using a variety of colors to enhance the textural, organic surfaces. My pieces are designed for giving and they represent a convergence of the dual passions for creation and service. I imagine the works as vehicles for hospitality, as they offer and receive simultaneously. I like to consider the pots in the context of what they are destined to hold and how they will fit into ever changing design trends. Pottery has a timeless element because of its deep history and that is important to me as I strive to make the pieces that are also relevant to my love for interior design."

May 26, 2012

Clingman CIrcle Celebration and Ribbon Cutting

June 5 in the River Arts District in Asheville NC - Clingman Circle Celebration: A celebration, a dedication, a representation and a completion in the River Arts Distrtict.  The gathering begins at 5:30 PM at the Hilliard and Clingman intersection, followed by a ribbon-cutting at 6 PM for the recent completion of the $1.2 million Clingman Avenue streetscape enhancement project.

Then the party moves down the hill into the River Arts District. Join Mayor Bellamy, community leaders and supporters for a celebration of the enhancement project in the River Arts District. Top the night off with a benefit, music and silent auction at the Grey Eagle for the "RAD ONE Neighborhood Benefit." 

May 25, 2012

Weaverville Roots Festival Celebrates Local Heritage

May 26-28     Weaverville Roots Festival   A three-day celebration of the culture and heritage of Weaverville, NC. On May 26 Heritage Day will fill the downtown and park areas with music, demonstrations, food and other entertainment. On  May 27 the town will celebrate its Tree City USA status with Arbor Day activities and ceremonies in the nature park, plus entertain visitors with gospel music and other sacred music. On Memorial Day, May 28th, the town roots will be celebrated by honoring those heroes who gave their lives for freedom as well as those heroes who live in the area. There will also be a commemorative ceremony at Lake Louise.

May 24, 2012

Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Show in Highlands

TKC Folk Art in Highlands
May 26-27     Village Square Craft Show    Annual Memorial Day Weekend art and crafts show in downtown Highlands NC.  The show features fine art and whimsical folk art, plus high-quality crafts such as fine wood work, metal work, quilts, birdhouses, and twig furniture. As usual, you will find one-of-a-kind baskets, pottery, and jewelry. The show has over 65 vendors.

May 23, 2012

Free Open Studio this Weekend at Random Arts

May 26 - Random Arts, 481 Lousiana Ave in Saluda NC:  OPEN STUDIO - 10-5 (NO CHARGE)
Need some play time? Some space to get your stuff out? Words of encouragement? Spend all day, 1/2 day or a couple hours with no outside interruptions in our well lit open studio. No reservations necessary. Bring a lunch, order out and sit on one of our very cozy porches or under the big old shade tree... It's YOUR day to play!

May 22, 2012

HandMade in America hosts Ladies' Luncheon

June 14, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Chef Mo's Restaurant and Bar, 900 Hendersonville Road, #201 in Asheville NC -   HandMade in America cordially invites you to A Ladies' Luncheon  - Please share this invitation with with your lady friends. Seats are limited.  RSVP by June 11 to Rachel Berry at (828) 252-0121 x 305 or

Kenilworth Art Studio Tour This Weekend

 May 26 -27   Kenilworth Art Studio Tour   Twenty-two artists invite you into eleven neighborhood studios & galleries. Browse and/or purchase original artwork. Kenilworth Artists Association is a community of artists in one of Asheville's oldest neighborhoods, with a lovely mix of grand homes, modest bungalows and mature gardens.

Over forty aspiring and professional artists live in the five square mile neighborhood just minutes from downtown. Each year, many of these artists open their doors to the public for a festive tour that attracts shoppers and art lovers alike. 10 AM - 5 PM both days.

May 21, 2012

19th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival in Hendersonville this Weekend

May 26 -27    19th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival   The Garden Jubilee Festival offers over 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts and crafts, garden talks and clinics, garden accessories, and food. The festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street. Downtown from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM both days. The festival is always held during the Memorial Day weekend.

May 20, 2012

New Exhibit at HandMade in America

May 18 - August 17 - HandMade in America hosts the exhibition Craft as Object in its downtown office gallery space, located at 125 S. Lexington Ave, Suite 101 in Asheville. 

Juror’s Statement: Whether traditional or progressive, these objects share a common characteristic. They are exceptional. Here is freedom on display. Contemporary makers seem equally at liberty and at ease shaping their media into well-known styles or inventing unprecedented combinations of form, purpose, and expression. Tiffany(esque) beakers. A timeless nightstand. A quilted inflatable ball. An impeccable teapot. Steel feathers. These objects illustrate the true independence of contemporary craft as it is practiced in our rich region and around the world. We have much to celebrate. -Marthe Le Van

May 19, 2012

NC Art and Music Festivals Today

May 19  - SALUDA   9th Annual Saluda Arts and Music Festival   The town of Saluda celebrates the talent of more than 50 outstanding artists and craftspeople from Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina.  Enjoy amazing art and music, delicious food and the wonderful people who join the celebration,

May 19  -  ASHEVILLE    9th Annual Monford Music and Arts Festival  The largest one day free music and arts festival in WNC. The event is held on two streets- Montford and Soco- with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants and food.  Two stages offer non stop entertainment from 20 groups and a children’s area. Located down from Asheville Visitors Center in Historic Montford with on street parking and bike corral. Held rain or shine.

May 18, 2012

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Announces 2012 Wingate Fellows


Rachel Columb 1Aaron Decker 1Brian Fleetwood 3
Eric Heying 3Adam Hill 1

On Wednesday, March 21st, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design hosted the selection panel to name the 2012 Windgate Fellows.  The selection process presents a rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft.  We are honored to continue the important legacy of this program - one that gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the selection panel, discover additional images and read about the Fellows.
Rachel Columb, University of Georgia, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Patrick Aaron Decker, Maine College of Art, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Brian Fleetwood, Institute of American Indian Arts, BFA in Jewelry/Metals
Eric Heying, Arizona State University, BFA in Ceramics
Adam Hill, University of Alabama, BFA in Sculpture
Joseph Kraft, Alfred University, BFA in Ceramics
Tanner Price, Maine College of Art, BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design
John Souter, University of the Arts, BFA in Ceramics
Kaii Tu, California College of the Arts, BFA in Design/Craft
Christopher White, Indiana University, BFA in Ceramics

Joe Kraft 2Tanner Price 1John Souter 1
Kaii Tu 2Chris White 2 

May 16, 2012

Wilkesboro Open Air Market

May 18  Wilkesboro Open Air Market  Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series returns in 2012 starting on April 20 and continues the through August. Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and favorite handmade crafts of the surrounding areas.

May 11, 2012

Annual Airing of the Quilts this weekend in Franklin NC

May 12    Airing of the Quilts Downtown stores and churches will be decorated with quilts. Downtown Square will features exhibits by the Smoky Mountain Quilters guild, Macon county Quilt Trail, Macon County Art Association, and various community development clubs. The Town of Franklin antique fire truck will be decorated and on display.

Blowing Rock's Art in the Park 2012 Season Begins this Weekend

May 12   Art in the Park   The juried arts and craft show features 90+ artists exhibiting in the picturesque downtown Blowing Rock park once a month from May October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.

Art in the Park began in 1962 through the efforts of local artists and continues today with the administration of the chamber of commerce. Additional dates are: June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 6.

May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Event in the River Arts District

May 12    Oh Mother!  at the Odyssey Center in Asheville's River Arts District.   A celebration of Mother's Day at the Center for Ceramic Arts. 10 AM - 6 PM all day events include Raffle to win a piece of art by Michael Parry; Delicious Refreshments;  Over 40 featured Artists;  Gifts for Mom complete with flowers and wrapping. Live music by Maggie and the Romantics.

May 9, 2012

Don't miss one of WNC's Favorite Studio tours this Weekend

May 12-13   Weaverville Art Safari A free, self-guided tour of artists' home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, North Carolina. Weaverville is located just 10 minutes north of Asheville. Visitors are granted direct access during Safari weekends to the home studios of a wide variety of local artists and a few visiting artists. The Art Safari will be preceded, as usual, by a gala preview party & silent auction on Friday night, May 11.

May 8, 2012

Asheville's River arts District 2nd Saturday Studio Stroll this weekend

May 12   2nd Saturday Studio Stroll in the River Arts District A day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio, stop for refreshment at one of the many dining experiences including the District's brewery. 80 or more artists will be open - just look for the open studio signs.

May 7, 2012

Rob Levin Workshop at the Asheville Glass Center

May 19, 10 AM - 4 PM    Robert Levin Workshop Sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum. A unique opportunity to learn glass making techniques from distinguished glass artist, Rob Levin. Rob will teach this special one-day workshop, in conjunction with current exhibition Fire on the Mountain: Studio Glass in Western North Carolina exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum. Class size is limited; early registration is recommended by May 11 Cost: $250 for Museum Members / $300 for non-Members and will be held at the Asheville Glass Center in the River Arts District.

May 6, 2012

Asheville Art Museum Bookclub Discussion - James Joyce

May 8, 3 PM - 5 PM  Monthly Bookclub Discussion at The Asheville Art Museum. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,  by James Joyce. Joyce’s classic, semi-autobiographical novel tackles the serious subject matter of religion, authority and art, tracing the intellectual and philosophical awakening of his alter-ego, Stephen Dedalus, who travels abroad to purse his ambitions as an artist.

During the Museum’s monthly reading group participants read and discuss books
that relate to work in our galleries. Discussion Bound is led by a Museum staff member or volunteer. Free with Museum admission or Membership.

Lake Eden Art Festival (LEAF) this week in Black Mountain

May 10-13     LEAF - Lake Eden Art Festival   LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the southeast. Held annually at  at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, a weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey to "recharges your batteries". A few aspects that make LEAF popular is the family friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the beautiful setting, and the intimate size.

Find lodging and local information on the Black Mountain NC Visitor Guide.

May 5, 2012

Asheville Art Museum Discussion "On Motherwell"

May 10, 7:00 PM at The Asheville Art Museum (East Wing, Upper Level) - The Essential Idea: Robert Motherwell's Graphic Works. A personal friend and colleague of artist Robert Motherwell during his lifetime, Dr. Mary Ann Caws has written a number of biographies on the artist, including Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush. Museum Members and visitors are invited to join a special discussion held in conjunction with current exhibition.

Dr. Caws is a Distinguished Professor
of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her many accolades include election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well serving as president of the Modern Language Association and the Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing and reception in the Museum Atrium. $5 for Museum Members, $7+ Museum Admission for non-members. Please call 828.253.3227, ext. 120 for more details.

Image credit: Robert Motherwell, "Elegy Study I", 1989, lithograph on light brown Tyler Graphics, Ltd handmade paper, 39.25 x 61 inches. Courtesy of the Dedalus Foundation. Art copyright Dedalus Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

East of Asheville Studio Tours

May 5-6 , 10 AM - 6 PM.   East of Asheville Studio Tours in the towns of Towns of Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Bee Tree, Haw Creek, Fairview and Old Fort. Artists invite you to visit their studios, explore the backroads that wind EAST of Asheville and discover the wonderful art produced in those areas. Meet the artists as you enjoy the scenery along Western North Carolina's favorite studio driving tour. Visit website to download a map of studios.

May 4, 2012

Murphy Art Walk Tonight

May 4    Murphy Art Walk   Held the first Friday from May through November,  5:00 PM. - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating, including:  Art Galleries, Live Music,  Fine Dining, Live Craft  Demonstrations and Performances. 

Find more local information on the Murphy NC Visitor Guide

ArtsMart at the Old Fort Depot

May 5    ArtsMart   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.

First Waynesville Art After Dark Tonight

May   Art After Dark   The first Art After Dark for the 2012 season.  Participating galleries & studios remain open until 9 PM on this evening with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments. Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association.

May 3, 2012

Art Trek in Tryon NC this week

May   4-6    Art Trek Tryon   Approximately 40 artists in Tryon, Saluda, and Columbus, NC and Landrum, SC open their studios to the public. Trekking begins on Friday evening, May 4, and continues through Sunday, May 6. Saturday studio hours are 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday hours are 12 noon to 4 pm. 

Enjoy dining at sponsoring restaurants. An Art Trek Guide is your road map to the artistic community and is available from Trek Base Upstairs Artspace gallery located in downtown Tryon. The guide provides an image of each artist’s work, directions to their studio and road maps of each community. Four area maps identify major roads and artist locations.  MAPS are are also available at artist's studios.

Get a link for Art Trek in Tryon and other local information on the Tryon NC Visitor Guide

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum hosts a “Main Street Mingle”

May 3, 5 PM - 6:30 PM - Main Street Event: Merchants Invited to Museum 'Mingle'. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will host a “Main Street Mingle” for downtown merchants and businesses prior to the busy tourist season. Main Street business owners are invited to attend the event, browse the Museum’s new exhibit and learn about upcoming programs and events. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 ext. 3001 or e-mail Refreshments from Jake's will be served.

May 2, 2012

Gallery Minerva Announces New Work by Aleksandra Nowak

This month Gallery Minerva celebrates the arrival of new works from artist, Aleksandra Nowak.  The artist has studied in both her native Poland and in The United States and credits the Vienna Succession Painters as inspiration for her timeless paintings. Image below: "Sunflowers and Blue Vase", 14"x18", Oil on Linen. Gallery Minerva is located at 8 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville NC.

May 1, 2012

8th Annual Asheville Art Museum Wine Auction + Gala Dinner

RSVP by May 4 for the May 12 Event.

8th Wine Auction + Gala Dinner
Asheville Art Museum: Gets Better With Age

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Asheville Art Museum

6:00 Cocktails | 7:30 Dinner | 8:30 Live Auction
Click here for complete details and to view Save the Date invitation.
- Black Tie Optional -

More info at
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