October 30, 2013

Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction at John C Campbell Folk School

Lighthouse w/Light Keeper's House Carved
in Cottonwood Tree Bark by Tom Gow
November 2 from 1-4 PM John C Campbell Folk School holds its annual Blacksmith and Fine Craft AuctionMany Folk School Instructors, Resident Artists, and local artists have donated amazing pieces to support the Folk School's craft programs.

This annual fall fundraiser, set for the Keith House Community Room at The Folk School. Enjoy bidding for more fine craft pieces at the eBay auction site, held from October 28 through November 7.

John C. Campbell Folk School  provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.  The school also hosts concerts, festival and a variety of cultural events.

Get local visitor information on the Hayesville NC Guide.

ArtsMart this Weekend in Old Fort

November 2  ArtsMart    Locally created arts and crafts displayed inside the historic downtwon 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.

October 29, 2013

John C Campbell FOlk School Launches Fine Craft eBay Auctions

On October 28, 2013 John C Campbell Folk School launched a fine craft eBay auctions. The eBay auctions run through Thursday, November 7, and enable you to support the Folk School even if you cannot attend the Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction, held on November 2, 2013..

Browse the eBay auctions to find a handcrafted work of art for yourself or for a gift. All eBay auction proceeds will help improve the Folk School's 16 on-campus studios and further our mission.

Featured Item: Handcrafted 15-foot Skiff with Motor :
The estate of Jim Grant has donated a beautiful, handcrafted 15- foot skiff to our Live Auction. Jim Grant built this boat in 2005 in a class taught by Dana Hatheway, a local custom woodworker.
Jim carefully fiberglassed the entire body of the skiff. He added gorgeous pine running boards, floorboards, transom, oars, seats, and oar locks. The skiff comes equipped with a Briggs & Stratton 5 horsepower motor and a customized 16-foot trailer. The boat has all of the necessary paperwork and title.

To help facilitate this auction, and ensure that we reach the reserve price, on this item we will be accepting bids via phone prior to the auction. If you would like to bid on this item, call Reed Caldwell, Development Manager, at 828.837.2775 (Monday- Friday 9:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Featured Artist:

Harry Hearne has been a full-time raku artist for 20 years, working out of his own Turning Point Clay Studio near the Folk School campus.

In addition to teaching classes in his studio, Harry taught for five years at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He has conducted workshops at various colleges, universities, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and at the Folk School since 1995.

Featured Artist: 

Paul Garrett is a full-time artist-blacksmith who has been working with metal since 1978. The owner & operator of Ironwood Forge, he has experience in projects ranging from architectural to functional to artistic. He is our Resident Artist in Blacksmithing and has taught and taken many classes at the Folk School.

In 2009, Paul took a study trip to Europe, where he and teammate Matt Jenkins received an Honorable Mention in the World Forging Championship in Stia, Italy.

October 23, 2013

Ooh La La Holiday Bazaar this Saturday in Asheville

October 26   Ooh La La Holiday Bazaar   The Summer's Curiosity Markets are continuing with into fall with a great selection of local art and crafts for holiday gift-giving and celebration. Held in downtown Asheville's Pritchard Park from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Holiday Bazaar will feature works by local painters, fabric artists, jewelry makers, potters , up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. The market will also feature live local music with three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.

October 21, 2013

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair this weekend in Asheville

October 25-27   Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair   Hosted by the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, in the McGough Arena, This event includes 100’s of animals, crafters, workshops and demonstrations.  See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more. 

Join a workshop class to improve your skills or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful and unique apparel and wearable art at SAFF.  Friday and Saturday 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM-4:00PM.  Admission  is  $3per person and youth under 13 years old are free.

October 17, 2013

Lake Eden Fall Art Festival begins today in Black Mountain NC

October 17- 20    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.

Learn more about Black Mountain NC events, rentals, inns and attractions HERE.

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Third Thursday

October 17  The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) hosts this season's last Third Thursday lecture. Photographer Doug Holstein will present a slideshow on his trip to Africa and answer questions about getting started in photography. The talk begins at 4:30 pm in the Community Meeting Room and is followed by a reception. Free to BRAHM members; $5 for non-members.

Learn more about Blowing Rock NC HERE.


October 15, 2013

NC Fall Leaf Event: Franklin NC hHosts the 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art and Craft Fest this weekend

October 19-20   20th Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art and Craft Fest   100 of the most unique, skilled artisans in Western North Carolina. Enjoy great good and the opportunity to win100 free hand-crafted door prizes. There will also be alpacas and an animal rescue petting zoo. Also held on Oct 25-26.

Get links for lodging and attractions on the Franklin NC Visitor Guide

October 14, 2013

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Begins this Week in Asheville

October 17-20   Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands    This 65th annual event includes over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment. Both levels of Asheville's downtown Civic Center (Cellular Center) are filled with artisans selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The Fair showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and includes craft demonstrations and, beginning on Friday, local musicians performing traditional and bluegrass mountain music live on the arena stage.

Get complete local visitor information on the Asheville NC Guide

October 12, 2013

The Art of Bonsai at the WNC Nature Center

October 12-13   Carolina Bonsai Expo   The juried work of bonsai enthusiasts from bonsai clubs in a six-state region of the United States is on exhibit. Every year the Expo includes free educational programming, workshops, a bonsai marketplace featuring plants, pots, tools and books for sale, ikebana displays and a live auction of bonsai and bonsai-related items.

Western North Carolina Nature Center is a living museum of plants and animals native to the Appalachian region whose mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences. WNC Nature Center strives hard to meet the needs of our adopted 'critters' and our community. Each year 100,000 are welcomed - of which 30,000 are school children attending the Nature Center in conjunction with their classroom curriculum.

The WNC Nature Centure is located at 75 Gashes Creek Road in Asheville NC.

October 11, 2013

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Announces New Location

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
Relocates to Downtown Asheville

submitted by Stephanie Moore, Executive Director
Over the past two years, the Center's board and staff have considered and discussed our core purpose - who we are and what we would like to accomplish in the future. During the planning process, it became most evident that the Center needed to relocate in order to increase our visibility, as well as strengthen and expand programs. Last August the Center purchased 67 Broadway, our new home in downtown Asheville. As we move forward, the Center would like to extend sincere appreciation to the residents and organizations in Hendersonville that supported our mission for eighteen years.

Western North Carolina has historically been, and continues to be, a vital center for craft production in the United States. This permanent location provides us assurance towards the future - a place to be, to dig deep, and to grow. A gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation made this purchase possible. Subsequent gifts we received from Fleur Bresler and The Bresler Family Foundation will allow us to open our renovated space debt free. We are forever grateful.

With this change also comes the separation from the University of North Carolina, which has provided foundational support since the beginning. The Center will continue to prioritize craft in higher education, as well as the scholarship of American craft, both in the region and beyond. Our mission to advance the understanding of craft through research, critical dialogue, and professional development remains steadfast.

We are excited about the plans ahead and look forward to opening our doors in early 2014. As always, keep us informed of the things in craft that matter to you most and we will do the same.

Stephanie Moore 
The Center's new home at 67 Broadway Street, Downtown Asheville

7th Avenue Bazaar and Motorama Car Show this Weekend in Hendersonville

October 12   7th Avenue Bazaar   Held at the Historic Depot Plaza, the Bazaar is a street festival with a variety of art and crafts, entertainment, food and more from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Also enjoy the car show, Motorama on Main Street, with automobile dealers displaying their new 2014 models, antique, classic cars and street rods show. Motorama is sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountain Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

October 10, 2013

Mountain Glory Festival in Marion NC

October 12    30th Annual Mountain Glory Festival   The festival covers the court house lawn and 3 blocks of downtown Marion. Browsers and shoppers looking for original handicrafts or handspun enjoyment will find plenty of choice among more than 125 artists, crafters and food booths and a variety of entertainment, from local bluegrass bands playing traditional mountain music to haunting melodies of Native American music. 9:30 AM - 5 PM. 

Get links for local visitor information, lodging and a map on the Marion NC Guide

October 9, 2013

Cashiers Leaf Festival Features local Art and Crafts

October 11-13   Cashiers Leaf Festival   Each year, the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (known locally a GCAMA, or G-comma) sponsors the Cashiers Leaf Festival. This 3-day event celebrates the beauty of the season that's particularly unique to this area.

Featuring arts and crafts from local and regional artisans, food from area restaurants, music from a variety of bands on two main stages, and activities for all ages at various locations throughout the Cashiers Valley, the Cashiers Leaf Festival serves as the centerpiece of the area's Leaf Season.

Get links for complete local visitor information on the Cashiers NC Guide.

October 8, 2013

Gallery Crawl this Weekend in West Jefferson

October 11   West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.

Get links for complete visitor information on the West Jefferson NC Guide


October 7, 2013

Best of the Blue Ridge Art Show in West Jefferson

October 9 - November 21  Best of the Blue Ridge   The Annual juried exhibit begins this week and includes artists from six counties. The exhibit is held at the Ashe Arts Center. 336-846-ARTS.

The Artist reception is October 11 from 5-8 PM. The Ashe Arts Center is located at 
303 School Ave. in West Jefferson NC

October 6, 2013

October Leaves Craft Show in Maggie Valley

October 12-13   October Leaves Craft Show   It’s October and that means it is time for cool mornings and beautiful fall colors. Come and spend the day at the October Leaves Craft Show enjoying the panoramic view of the mountains in Maggie Valley.

The craft show will be held Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

A variety of fine handmade crafts created by artisans from throughout the Southeast including furniture, jewelry, knitting, pottery, quilted items, painted shirts, floral arrangements, leather work, scroll work, crochet, soaps and more.

Food Vendors will be on hand with hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Sausage, funnel cakes, kettle corn, lemonade, milk shakes, coffee, and other taste treats. Plan on eating with them while enjoying the music of Dave Seratt and the many Christian music groups he brings.

The event will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the local community. The Show has joined with the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry to replenish their shelves. With every donation you will receive a raffle ticket. This ticket will give you the opportunity to win a handmade craft donated by one of the talented artisans or a gift certificate donated by one of Maggie Valley’s merchants. You do not have to be present to win. The Drawing will be held Sunday afternoon.

Get complete local visitor information on the Maggie Valley NC Guide.

October 5, 2013

Art on Main in Hendersonville NC

October 5 - 6   Art on Main   A fine arts and fine crafts show held in Historic Downtown Hendersonville. The Downtown area is transformed into a giant outdoor art gallery featuring the finest artists and artisans from the southeast. Art on Main attracts 3,000-4,000 art lovers each year.

Find links for complete local visitor information on the Hendersonville NC Guide.


October 4, 2013

Asheville Art in the Park this weekend in Asheville

October 5   Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art i the area on display and sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Find some of the finest artists in the region at this market series now in its fifth year. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October.

Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production hosts this opportunity to connect these excep0tion artists with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park.

Get links for complete local information on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

October 3, 2013

Brushy Mountain Apple Jam One of the Largest Arts and Crafts Festivals in the Southeast

October 5   Brushy Mountain Apple Jam   This event is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast and features a large variety of arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Events begin at 8 AM and continue until 5 PM. There will be live entertainment at the corner of 10th and Main Streets. Open jam. 

The festival is sponsored annually by the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club and have been held on the 1st Saturday of October since 1978. 

Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in this FREE festival. Music and entertainment venues include: Bluegrass in the Park, Americana, Gospel a  the J.P., and Dance on the Deck.

Get links for complete visitor information on the Wilkesboro NC Guide

October 2, 2013

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Premieres Keepsake Exhibition Book

October 3 - Blowing Rock Art and History Museum  hosts  the premiere of their keepsake exhibition book, Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art.

There will be the first purchasing opportunity, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. The party is from 6 PM until 8 PM. Remember that this is the last month for this exhibit of American impressionism--Art Among Friends closes on November 2. There will be a guided tour of the exhibit prior to the premiere.

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk

October 4   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.

October 1, 2013

American Craft Week in Asheville

October 4-13   American Craft Week   A celebration of the wonders of American craft and its contribution to the culture and economy of the country. Dozens of participants in Western North Carolina host special events from open studios to major gallery exhibits.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Christopher Benfey - Survival 101: Keeping Education Alive at Black Mountain College. Saturday, October 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6:30-7:45 reception.. Get a complete list of participants and events on the website.