November 19, 2014

Holiday Crafts at Asheville's JingleFest

November 22, 2014   JingleFest    Beginning at 12 PM at the US Cellular Center (Civic Center), JingleFest kicks off with nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy houses, kid’s activities, and of course, photos with Santa.

A handmade holiday craft market will also be held in the concourse area, featuring local crafters and artisans. Parade Grand Marshal, Caleb Johnson, will stop by for a meet and greet with area fans and sign autographs. 

Fine more holiday crafts on the NC Mountains Crafts and Galleries Guide


November 18, 2014

Holiday Art Show in Tryon NC

November 22 - 12/20, 2014   Holiday Art Show   at Tryon Painters and Sculptures in their new location, 78 N. Trade Street in Tryon NC. The initial event at the new gallery location will include sculptures, paintings and craft items associated with the Gift Gallery for sale until December 24th.

Find links for complete local information on the Tryon NC Visitor Guide

November 17, 2014

Christmas Crafts: Market Street on Oak Offers Online Shopping

New Handmade Ornaments:
Visit the Market on Oak website to see the newest handmade holiday ornaments. They are adding even more ornaments as quickly as possible. Order early to ensure quantities are available. Remember they are each handmade.

New Pottery For The Season:
When you visit the Kitchenware and Local Foods on the website you will notice new additions to the pottery selection including utensil jars, bread bakers, batter bowls and, of course, mugs.

New Local Foods:
Local farmers have added some wonderful new local foods to the store this year including ciders, syrups, vinaigrettes, salsas, apple butters, molasses and more. The Holidays are a great time for handmade,  local foods to give as gifts or enjoy with family and friends.

Visit the online shop HERE

The Market on Oak, located at 262 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine NC,  celebrates its 9th holiday season with new handmade items, foods, books and music. Great gifts and great prices both supporting a great cause. 

November 13, 2014

Weekend Film Screenings at The Asheville Art Museum

November 15 - 16 at 2 PM at The Asheville Art Museum, 2 S Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC - Visions of Mary Frank.   This new film is a window into artist Mary Frank's vision. Frank's creations never fit into neat categories of Abstract Expressionist, Pop, Conceptual, new expressionism or outsider art, and yet her work is in nearly every major American museum. 

Her explorations take form in drawings, triptychs, paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture. In clay, magnificent female figures emerge from the earth, evoking mythic gods and human frailties. Rated: NR. 55 minutes.

This event is Free with membership or Museum admission.

November 12, 2014


A FREE workshop on taxes and accounting for artists, musicians and other creative folks, presented by Brian C. Hunter, CPA.
Topics will include: income tax preparation and forms, getting all the available deductions, record keeping, dealing with employees, tax planning, tax structures (LLCs, corporations, and such), estimated taxes, etc. All creative artists are welcome, from beginners to established pros. The presentation will last about 2 hours, and I will stay around afterwards until all questions are answered!
When: Friday, November 14th, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm
Where: Asheville Area Arts Council,
Grove Arcade
1 Page Avenue, Suites 143A and 144, Asheville NC
Refreshments provided.
Facilitator: Brian C. Hunter, CPA
●  WNC native, graduate of UNC Chapel Hill 
●  Professional bluegrass and roots musician from 1976 until 1986 (Founder of The Midnight Plowboys and The Hunter Brothers Band) 
●  CPA since 1986 
●  Since 1995, President of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, PA in Asheville 

To Register: contact

Sponsored by: The Asheville Area Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, Asheville Musi
c Professionals, River Arts District Artists, HandMade in America, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Black Mountain Center for the Arts  

November 10, 2014

Annual Historic Carson House Luncheon and Holiday Bazaar

November 14, 2014
Event:     Historic Carson House Luncheon and Holiday Bazaar
   Held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish House  from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. St. John's Parrish House is located at 289 S. Main Street in downtown Marion. Join members of the Carson House Partners to purchase crafts, baked goods and peruse a white elephant sale. Enjoy a soup and salad lunch from 11:00 AM. - 2 PM.  All of the proceeds from this bazaar go to benefit the Historic Carson House. 

Learn more about Marion NC HERE.  


November 6, 2014

Asheville River Arts District Studio Stroll

November 8 - 9, 2014   River Arts District Studio Stroll   The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.

November 5, 2014

Art Walk this Weekend in Murphy

November 7, 2014   First Friday Murphy Art Walk     5 PM - 8 PM.   Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exceptional visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, demonstrating artisans, live performances, music, and fine dining. 

Visit the juried Artist Market locations where you can meet local and regional artists and there will be something for everyone. Free and open to the public.

Get links for lodging, attractions and information on the Murphy NC Visitor Guide.  


November 4, 2014

"Within the Lines" Exhbit, Reception and Panel Discussion

November 7, 2014  6 PM - 8 PM at HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave. Suite 101a, Asheville, NC - Reception and Panel Discussion for Within the Lines, Creative Perspectives on Wilderness.  Food and drink during the reception is provided by Dough Market and One World Brewing.  The panel discussions are moderated sessions with some of the region’s most significant writers, artists and thinkers on issues of natural heritage and conservation.

Each panel will feature comments by the panelists followed by an opportunity for those in the audience to ask questions. The reception begins at 6:00 PM with the panel discussions at 6:30 PM, and all are free and open to the public.

For more information on Within the Lines and the featured artists and panelists click here.

November 3, 2014

Handmade in America Cluster Meetings

Robbinsville Cluster Meeting
Where: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 121 Schoolhouse Road, Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC
When: Thursday, November 6th: 9:30am - 3:00pm

To Register:
Individual Registration click HERE
Group Registration Discount (4 people) click HERE
To register by phone or mail contact Janelle Wienke (info below)

Todd Cluster Meeting
Where: Todd Mercantile at 3899 Todd Railroad Grade Rd., Todd, NC
When: Thursday, November 13th: 9:30am - 3:00pm

To Register:
Individual Registration click HERE
Group Registration Discount (4 people) click HERE
To register by phone or mail contact Janelle Wienke (info below)

This HandMade family affair has been convening year after year to share news, updates, projects, challenges, and perhaps most important, reconnect with friends in the region. This year these events may be more important than ever. With the changing economic landscape upon us, this is the time to not only share how we have found resources and assistance for current and past projects, but to increase communication about navigating strategically and sustaining partnerships and collaborations.

Individual attendance is $15 and $50 for groups of four. Find the agenda and more information here. If you are not a current Small Town Member or are not sure, and/or would like to pay with cash or check for registration, please call  828.252.0121 x 308.

Asheville Art Walk in Downtown this Weekend

November 7, 2014   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. 

20 + 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 23, 2014

Fiber Art Fair this Weekend in Asheville

October 24 - 26, 2014   Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair   Hosted by the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, in the McGough Arena, the 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! 

Fri. and Sat. 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 9:00AM-4:00PM, Admission $3/person, Youth under 13 yrs. old free.

Get links for additional Asheville arts and crafts on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

October 22, 2014

Penland School of Crafts 2014 Core Fellows Show Opening a Success

On October 10 Penland School of Crafts held the opening reception for the 2014 Core Fellows Show. The Core Fellows  (left to right) are Joshua Kovarik, Jamie Karolich, Emily Rogstad, Sarah Rachel Brown, Will Lentz, Tyler Stoll, Meghan Martin, Angela Eastman, Audrey Bell.

See a slideshow of the exhibit opening along with a few pieces by each person HERE.


October 19, 2014

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Presents Creepy Crafts and Fall Fables: Hainted Yarns from Near and Far

October 25 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut Street,| Blowing Rock NC - Fall Fables: Hainted Yarns from Near and Far bring you Spooky Stories from the mountains, told by Sherry Lovett.  The thing that draws Sherry to storytelling is the magical ability of stories to shine the light on our interrelatedness – the connection of people with people and people with nature – and by this awareness to create more harmony in the world. Sherry Lovett tells a variety of stories including folktales, Native American tales, scary stories, and fairy tales, using precise language, eloquent movement, and dramatic voices to bring the stories to life.

Creepy Crafts -
Create some holiday crafts from 2 PM - 3 PM after listening to some spooky stories and before heading out to the Town's Halloween festivities.

October 10, 2014

Cashiers Leaf Festival Features Mountain Arts and Crafts

October 10 - 12, 2014   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. More than 100 artisans offer unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend .

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. 

October 9, 2014

Mountain Glory Festival Features 125 Artists

October 11, 2014   31th Annual Mountain Glory Festival   The festival covers the court house lawn and 3 blocks of downtown Marion NC. 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. 

Learn more about Marion NC HERE

October 8, 2014

Gallery Crawl this Weekend in West Jefferson

October 10, 2014   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.

October 6, 2014

Autumn Leaves Craft Show in Franklin NC

October 9 - 11, 2014   Autumn Leaves Craft Show Unique, hand-made crafts by local skilled artisans in Western North Carolina. Enjoy great food and more. Bring a can of cat food for Catman 2 Shelter.

The Craft Show is held at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin NC.

October 3, 2014

Boone NC Friday Art Crawl

October 3, 2014   First Friday Art Crawl in Downtown Boone   Experience the thriving Boone arts community, see an array of different performers and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Shops and businesses remain open to the public for an after hours art reception. 

October 2, 2014

41st Annual Fall Festival at John C Campbell Folk School this Weekend

October 4 - 5, 2014   John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival   Celebrate the rich heritage of Appalachia at the 41th annual Folk School Fall Festival, featuring over 200 juried and non-juried craftspeople. Handcrafted items for sale include jewelry, woodturning, pottery, weaving, ironwork, photography, rugs, woodcarvings, furniture, paintings, baskets, and much more. 

Live music and dance on two stages, great food, craft demonstrations, and kids' activities including pony rides are just a few more reasons why the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival is one of the most popular events in the region.  The brand-new Festival Barn Stage is now complete and will have its debut  this weekend, showcasing a cavalcade of fantastic dancers and musicians. 

Visit the Folk School Information Booth in the Festival Barn. Enter to win a free class of your choice! Select from many five- or six-day classes in our print catalog, available at the Information Booth. Or, browse for classes in our identical Catalog eBook.

Enjoy a smooth and easy Fall Festival parking experience this year, the product of a team effort between the Folk School and Murphy Medical Center's Nursing Home Staff. We're adding a free parking shuttle, courtesy of Cherokee County Transit, to get you back and forth between the parking lot and the entrance gate. Handicapped parking is available in the gravel lot by Keith House and by the Fiber Arts Building. The shuttle service makes the Fall Festival accessible to all, regardless of where you park. 

Visit the Craft Shop during the Fall Festival, and enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate. The Folk School's Craft Shop represents more than 300 juried craftspeople. Browse an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary Appalachian crafts. The Craft Shop is also proud to be the home of the world-renowned Brasstown Carvers.

The John C. Campbell Folk School is located at  1 Folk School Road in Brasstown NC.

Find links for lodging, attractions and information on the Hayesville NC Visitor Guide.

October 1, 2014

Asheville Art in the Park

October 4, 2014   Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art in the area is on display and for sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. Held 3 consecutive Saturdays in October.

September 28, 2014

Asheville Art Walk this Weekend

October  3, 2014   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. 20 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.

Learn more about Asheville art galleries and craft shops on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.


September 19, 2014

Weaverville NC Hosts Art in Autumn

September 20, 2014   Art in Autumn   This is the eighth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. The  festival brings a lively celebration of community and fine art to the Main Street of the 'Mayberry-esque' town of Weaverville NC


September 18, 2014

Upcoming Events at The Asheville Art Museum

September 18, 10:00 - 11:00 AM:  Yoga classes in the Museum's galleries. We will practice relaxation yoga, inspired by the surrounding art. Please bring your own mat, yoga props (if you have them) and wear comfortable clothing.   $8 members, $12 non-members.

September 24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM:   Up for Discussion.  Held in conjunction with Human and Machines: The Robotic Worlds of Adrianne Wortzel, rnjoy a lecture and presentation with artist Adrianne Wortzel. She will talk about her robotic installations and performance productions and future projects. Her work has been exhibited, collected and published nationally and internationally. She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.  Free with membership or Museum admission and free for UNCA students with a student ID.

September 26, 5:00 - 7:00 PM: Gallery Talk and Opening.  Join the Museum for a special gallery talk with artist Mary Frank at the opening for her exhibition Finding My Way Home. Frank was born in London, England in 1933 and moved to the United States at the age of seven. In the early 1950s she began carving wood sculpture, and briefly studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. In 1969, she worked on large multi-part, figurative clay sculptures, drawings and monoprints, which remained the major focus of her work throughout the 1970s and '80s. In the 1990s, she turned to painting as her primary medium. Frank will talk about her life and career. Following the talk will be a reception until 7:00 PM. Free with membership or Museum admission.

September 27 - the Museum staff will be participating in Highland Brewing Company's "Crafted Kegs". This Brewery anniversary event, held at the Company's Meadow, honors the art community by showcasing local arts and crafts organizations in a fun way and to say "thank you" to the arts community. The event will be judged and cash prizes awarded.

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 S Park Square in downtown Asheville NC.

September 12, 2014

Cotton Mill Studios Holds Soiree

September 18, 5 - 8 PM    Historic Cotton Mill Soirée   Cultivate your artistic senses with the latest work from the talented River Arts District Cotton Mill artists while enjoying libations, small bites and music at this celebration of an amazing historic river arts landmark.

Visit each studio in the Cotton Mill and explore works in textiles, clay, metal, canvas. Enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with hand selected items from each artist.

The Cotton Mill Studios is located at 122 Riverside Drive in Asheville's River Arts District. Mill studios include more than a dozen artists working in clay, mixed media, fiber and textiles, painting, metal.

September 11, 2014

Ooh La La Curiosity Market this Weekend

September 13, 2014   Ooh La La Curiosity Market    An outdoor market in Asheville's Pritchard Park featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas.

In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts. 

Cloth Fiber Workshop Final Class for 2014

September 12-13  at Cloth Fiber Workshop - Screen Printing: Non-Traditional Methods with Heather Allen Hietala
. Deconstruct traditional concepts of screen-printing. In this workshop you'll explore the versatility and immediacy of using a blank silk-screen as a creative tool. With blank screens and non-toxic textile paints you'll play with non-traditional methods of screen printing to create texture and images. 
You'll experiment with mark making and pattern and image possibilities using silk-screens in an intuitive painterly way. Bring your ideas and creativity and see what can happen! You'll go home with printed fabric, a blank screen, squeegee and all the information to continue screen-printing at home. Level of expertise: all levels. Fee: $185 + materials fee.  
This workshop is currently full. Please call 828.505.2958 to be placed on the waiting list.

September 9, 2014

Wearable Art Fashion Show in Asheville

September 11, 7 PM   Project Handmade 2014: Texture & Movement The second regional wearable-art juried fashion show produced by Local Cloth Inc., brings a touch of New York Fashion Week to Asheville. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $15 general admission and are on sale at the theatre’s box office.

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC

Penland School of Crafts Offers Fall One-week Workshops

Nontraditional Longstitch Binding
with Beth Schaible
Create an array of functional longstitch books, starting with basic stitching and moving quickly to nontraditional patterns.  All levels.  October 5-11.

Other Possible Outcomes: Reexamining Glass Beads
with Amy Lemaire
In this workshop we'll reexamine glass beads as portable sculpture that is both personal and public, and we'll consider the body as a site for wearable sculpture. We'll cover traditional and experimental approaches to flameworking as well as cold-working and jewelry fabrication. All levels. October 5-11.

Surface Adornment on Steel
with Ben Dory
Using steel as a base, we will explore how to transform the surface of this rigid material with texture, thin layers of precious metals, and gemstones. All levels.  October 5-11.

A Week of Shino
with Kent McLaughlin
Bring your stoneware or porcelain bisqueware suitable for cone 10 temperatures, and we'll explore a variety of shinos and some of the techniques that are possible with this intriguing glaze, including carbon trapping, wax-resist patterning, manipulated drying, carbon cooling, and glaze layering. All levels. October 19-25.

Rethinking Wet Plate Collodion Photography
with David Emitt Adams
In this workshop we'll explore tintypes and ambrotypes - two photographic techniques based on wet plate collodion materials. You'll explore the possibilities of these materials, experiment, and create alternative methods of display for your photographs. All levels. October 19-25.

Foundations of Furniture
with Russell F. Gale, Jr.
There are so many things to think about when building a piece of furniture: design, material selection, joinery, edge and surface treatments, shop safety, etc. In this workshop we'll work through these issues and more as we each build a small table. October 19-25. All levels. Class is currently full; please contact to be placed on a waiting list.
Letterpress Basics & Beyond
with Jessica C. White
Get to know your way around letterpress printing by learning the basics and exploring a variety of ways to create relief prints on a Vandercook press. All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Weaving: The First Layer
with Beth Ross Johnson
By learning to warp with multiple threads, to beam on without tangles, and other tricks of the trade, we can use the process of winding a warp as a way to establish a foundation for fabrics that will go where we want them to go.  All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Carving Wooden Jewelry
with Sarah Martin
Looking to expand your jewelry repertoire? This class will show you how to carve wood on a small scale appropriate for jewelers. We'll cover how to safely carve with both knives and dremels and how to transform these carvings with surface embellishment, findings, and finishing techniques. All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland's focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs. Penland is located at 67 Doras Trail, Penland, NC - near Spruce Pine. 

August 3, 2014

Random Arts Workshops and Events

August 8  -  Creating with Color Pencils with Helen Shafer Garcia   Let your imagination take hold and play with colored pencils on unique black and red surfaces. Light colors will glow and textures pop when pencils glide over the surface. You'll learn about blending methods and layering colors. You start out with a collage prompt poem concept that will indicate the imagery. Drawing abilities are not required - this concept is about learning to see, blending colors and layering to create depth and saturation of color. Giving permission to yourself to create is the first step.  2 spaces remains. 10 AM till 4 PM,  $135.

August 9th  -  Crinkly Birds, Flora and Fauna with Helen Shafer Garcia    Reach into the sky and create Bird themed mixed media paintings on Masa paper and canvas. A special batik like technique with Masa rice paper will create wonderful textures and crevices for the paint to flow into. Draw and paint symbolic iconic birds, flora, and other great, joyful creatures with bold watercolor dropped -in color techniques. Play with colored pencils, ink lines and collage elements to further embellish your paintings. Discover how beautiful and bright watercolors can be with this special process. The watercolor paintings will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect the surface. Borders and embellishments will be added with acrylics.  10 AM - 4  PM,  $135.

August 10  -  Planed and Folded Wooden Book with Helen Shafer Garcia    There is something about the beauty of wood grain that we all find appealing.  The thin wood shapes that you will use have been planed by hand. Each piece will be very unique. You'll create an extraordinary multi signature hand bound wooden book with painted and textured papers. At least 5 techniques will be taught in this workshop including color pencil on wood, dropped- in watercolor, stenciling, batik-look paper process, and book binding techniques to stitch signatures sewn onto a canvas binding.   10 AM - 4  PM,  $135.

August 5  - Zen Doddle Tuesdays from 10 AM - noon. FREE

Summer Sale Continues
It's a "one of a kind" sale on women's clothing in random sizes and styles drastically reduced from 50 -75% off. It's time to make room for more inventory and items are being continually added every day. Hurry in for the best buys! 

Random Arts
is located at 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC


August 1, 2014

NC Art Walks and Craft Festivals this Weekend

Date:      July 27 - August 3, 2014
Event:    The 30th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event
features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE. 

Date:        July 31 - August 3, 2014
Event:     8th Annual Art & Antiques Show  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum   This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.  

Date:        August 1, 2014
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in 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 handmade crafts of the surrounding area

Date:        August 1, 2014
   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.

Date:        August 1. 2014
Event:     Art After Dark   Gallery Stroll  Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Cedar Hill Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, and the Village Framer 

Date:        August 1 - 2, 2014
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 56th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. The event is free to the public with entertainment throughout the day.

Date:        August 1 - 3
Event:     Annual Asheville Antiques Show and Sale
Reputable dealers from several states will offer for sale a wide variety of antiques that will appeal to everyone from the beginning collector to the well seasoned investor. The dealers were selected for this show based on their knowledge, professionalism and overall integrity. Find antique furniture in styles ranging from American country to English formal, hand painted porcelains, art glass, cut glass and pottery. Idecker Books will have an amazing display of very fine and rare old books. There will be antique prints as well as beautiful old oil paintings and a huge display of oriental rugs. Exquisite antique jewelry, estate jewelry and designer costume jewelry will be offered for sale along with silver holloware and flatware. Held at the US Cellular (Civic) Center in downtown Asheville. 

Date:       August 2, 2014
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. 

Date:        August 2, 2014NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAINEvent:     32st Annual Crafts on the Green   Approximately 85 vendors from all over the mountains will have their crafts and art work available for purchase. This annual event is located at a cool 5056 foot elevation. Food venders will also be available. 

Date:         August 2 - 3, 2014
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 41st,  will include 118 exhibitors.  Enjoy high quality art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM. 


Current Exhibits at The Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC.


Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction
June 6  -  September 14, 2014A retrospective exhibition that features work by award-winning American painter and printmaker Minna Citron (1896–1991).

Selections from the Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art
September 14 - OngoingIn this exhibition, Museum Curatorial staff examine the Collection from a chronological point of view while highlighting works of great interest.

Take 10: Collectors' Circle 10th Anniversary
March 15 – Sunday, August 31This exhibition celebrates the generosity of the Asheville Art Museum’s Collectors’ Circle, a membership group that encourages the exchange of ideas and interests, art learning, connoisseurship and collecting.


Prime Time: Second Annual New Media Juried Exhibition
April 26 - August 31, 2014
A gallery dedicated to artists who are working in New Media, including stop action and hand-drawn animation, narrative film, Glitch Art, sound, video and light installations, and other live programs connected via the Internet.

Farm to Table: American Silver 
May 31 – October 5, 2014
An exhibit highlighting different but inter-connected uses of American silver – agricultural awards and table service – as they progressed over the last 150 years.

June 20, 2014

Asheville Art Museum Gala Tomorrow Night

June 21, 6 PM The Asheville Art Museum (2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC) Presents  Visions + Visionaries: Pop Art Gala.  The evening includes an exciting live auction, and all of the auction items are listed online so you can prepare your bids. If you are unable to join us at the Gala, we encourage you to call us with an absentee bid at 828.253.3227.

Pop Art promises to be an exciting and festive evening featuring a live auction of fine art, vacation destinations, culinary adventures and more.
This is a benefit to support the Museum’s innovative programming and exhibitions, and help bring great art and great experiences to the Western North Carolina region.

The location well be The Morris Hellenic Cultural Center,  227 Cumberland Avenue in Asheville. Tickets are $150 per person and can be reserved by calling 828-253-3227  purchased online.

June 19, 2014

Wilkesboro Open Air Market this Week

June 20, 2014  Wilkesboro Open Air Market    The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area. Third Friday Markets also include downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations are open from 4 PM - 9 PM.

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 handmade crafts of the surrounding area. 

Find additional NC local events and information on the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro Visitor Guide. 


June 18, 2014

Asheville's Art in the Park This Weekend

June 21, 2014   Art in the Park   Artisans working in Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal show and sell in a public market setting in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park. 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. 10% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local art non-profit organization.

June 10, 2014

Appalachian Lifestlye Celebration in Waynesville

June 14, 2014   Appalachian Lifestlye Celebration     A full day celebration of mountain heritage, live music and dance, crafts, and Appalachian life skills. Both educational and entertaining, the event features craft demonstrations such as basketry, wood carving, quilting, along with storytelling, traditional mountain music, clogging, and old time food vendors.10 AM - 5 PM. 

Get more information about Waynesville NC HERE

June 7, 2014

Little Switzerland Arts and Crafts Market Continues Today

June 6 - 7, 2014    Artisan League of Little Switzerland Arts and Crafts Market    Unique handcrafted gifts, including woodwork, pottery, paintings, fiber arts, journals, jewelry, photography, literary works, prints, cards and aromatherapy. View or purchase the work of both emerging artists and award-winning professionals. 10 AM - 4 PM at Geneva Hall in the heart of Little Switzerland NC.

June 6, 2014

Toe River Studio Tour this Weekend

June 6 - 8, 2014   Toe River Studio Tour   Grab the tour map and hit the road to visit over 100 artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Artists open their studios twice a year for the Toe River Studio tours! Enjoy meeting the artists in the premier craft destination in NC. 

Find additional local information on the Spruce Pine Visitor Guide and the Burnsville NC Visitor Guide 


Asheville Art Walk at Downtown Galleries

June 6, 2014   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 21, 2014

Asheville's Kenilworth Art Studio Tour this Memorial Day Weekend

May 24 - 25   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 16, 2014

Stecoah Valley Arts Center Now Offers Online Shopping

The Artisans Gallery's online store is stocked with lots of great handmade items that you can order from your computer or mobile device. Just go to  and browse through dozens of products including prints and paintings, wood products, pottery, soaps and textiles. More are being added weekly. And all your purchases directly benefit artisan entrepreneurs and Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road in Robbinsville NC.

May 15, 2014

Annual Saluda Arts Festival this Weekend

May 17     Saluda Arts Festival   This year's annual festival will include almost 90 artists and craftspeople, lively and award winning music, the children's art tent, several art and craft demonstrators and delicious food from our local restaurants.

The festival also pays tribute this year to the late artist Johnny Waddill with a special exhibit displaying his work during the festival at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda, NC.

Get links for visitor information on the Saluda NC Guide

HandMade in America Small Town Summit

HandMade in America does it again. What a great resource for our WNC communities and the Artists and Entrepreneurs who live here!

May 21, 9 AM - 5 PM: Small Town Summit held at the UNC Asheville Reuter Center.   Get a detailed agenda HERE.   
Special guests include:   Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, NC Department of Commerce, Tourism Extension, Visit & Venture, The Support Center, Mountain BizWorks, Golden Leaf, and USDA Rural Development.

May 11, 2014

Art in the Park Begins for the Season this Weekend in Blowing Rock NC

May 17    Art in the Park   A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park in Blowing Rock once a month from May through October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. 

Need more information about Blowing Rock NC?
CLICK HERE for the Blowing Rock NC Visitor Guide

May 1, 2014

Heartwood Gallery Spring Updates

May 1, 2014 at Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street in historic downtown Saluda NC: Spring hours begin this Friday May 2, with the Gallery / Shop open until 7 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings. Stop by after work, visiting the Saluda Market or an outdoor adventure in the Gorge or on the Green River to pick up a special wedding gift, add to your mug collection, or purchase your Mother's Day jewelry.

In time for spring gardening, there is a new selection of unique, handcrafted garden art. Gardening, like art, feeds the soul and connects us to our home on the earth. Celebrate yours with the addition of art, beautiful or whimsical.

Francis Metal  Works

Francis Metal Works 

Francis Metal Works is the collaboration of  Charles Adams and Thomas Windhalm. They have married their love of gardening and metal work to create these unique sculptures inspired by the world's greatest water sanctuaries. Handcrafted from iron and Minnesota field stones, these sculptures will add a touch of serenity to any environment.

Stephen Fabrico

Artist Stephen Fabrico constructs birdhouses, bird feeders and outdoor mobiles in porcelain clay with nature inspired etchings and glazes. Each piece is reinforced with a steel cable hanger, making them functional and beautiful.  

 Metallic Evolution


Husband & wife team John and Heather Zondervan work together in their metal studio on the family farm in rural Ontario, Canada.. Since 1996 they have developed a broad range of artistic work, from indoor home decor to garden art. This collection of botanical metal work is all made of rusted steel. They are designed for year round outdoor use. 


April 18, 2014

Penland School of Crafts Update

April at Penland find the studios are humming with activity. There are many ways to keep up with the action of Penland life: subscribing to the blog, the Penland Sketchbook; visiting their Facebook page for images from spring; following the Instagram feed for more instant views of what's happening  and checking Penland's community Tumblr page for images of Penland generated by you.

Above, Andrew Hayes visits Mike Rossi's spring iron workshop. Don't miss the upcoming Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival with demonstrations at Penland and in downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Keep up with this annual event featuring a wealth of demonstrators, exhibits, and vendors here. This year's festival will take place on April 26-27.

You won't want to miss the Penland Gallery's spring Focus show, featuring drawing and painting by former Penland core fellow Eleanor Annand. The show will be on view until May 11. All the works are viewable and available for purchase online from the Penland Gallery. Below is Annand's Failed Logic, a painting on steel.

Summer Workshops:

Get ready for summer: consider diving into a Penland workshop. Kristen Martinic will be teaching relief mark-making and wood block printing methods to students of all levels, May 25-June 6. 

Needle to Paper 
an all-levels embroidery (on paper!) workshop with Nick DeFord, May 25-June 6. 

Owls & Antlers   
a printmaking workshop that asks: "what if you had time to make images of anything you wanted (kittens, anyone?)" Meow. Hoot. Grrr. (with Erika Adams)   All levels, June 8-20.

View the  list of open summer workshops    Ready to dive in? Register here
If a workshop is full, there is no fee for signing on to a waiting list. Penland also offers half-price tuition to all K-12 teachers, current college, university, or community college faculty, and residents of several nearby counties (a complete list is available on the website) who take unfilled spaces. Click here for more information about Penland's standby program.


John C Campbell Folk School Music Events

April 18   Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School:   Mountain Fling is a four-piece band based in Southwest Virginia that plays traditional old-time material but delves into the recent past for variety. They sing and play autoharp, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and bass.

April 16, 2014

River Arts District a Highlight of Asheville's Art Community

River Arts District (RAD) is open year around.  Meet artists in their studios with schedules available online for which studios are open each day. Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s entire River Arts District opens to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL. During the Studio Stroll, now in its 16th year, 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 hidden inside the time-worn factories and warehouses along the French Broad River.

More than 160 artists
currently work in the District in all media. In addition to viewing artwork and watching demonstrations art and crafts are available for purchase.

Plan to spend the entire day and also enjoy exceptional dining, a brewery and picturesque river setting.