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 CafĂ©.

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.