June 29, 2017

Ooh La La Curiosity Market Open 4th Of July Weekend

July 1, 2017   Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in 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. 

Learn more about Asheville 
Arts and Crafts Markets and Festivals

June 27, 2017

Forging Futures exhibition opens Thursday

News from the Center for Crafts, Creativity and Design 

Current Exhibit:
On view: June 2 - September 2, 2017

Tie Up, Draw Down explores weaving as a source for experimentation across media, genres, concept, and scale. Of the fifteen contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many hybridize weaving technologies, weave "the wrong way," or adapt and innovate weaving processes to encompass new media. Others do not weave at all, but find a rich avenue of inquiry within aspects or stages of weaving's complex field.

On view at Blue Spiral 1 (38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801)
June 29 - August 25, 2017

Forging Futures surveys 24 emerging and established artists shaping the future of studio craft in this region. Their work represents the range of forms, techniques and materials employed to create handmade works of art, including functional and sculptural works in wood, metal, clay, glass, and fiber. 

Forging Futures was curated and organized by Blue Spiral 1 and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Pursuing Excellence, the first survey documenting the rise and prominence of studio craft in the region. 

10% of artwork sales will be donated to CCCD
Upcoming Events:
Free and open to the public, unless noted. $3-5 suggested donation. 
Spectacular Failure Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 29, 4 - 5 pm
Fine Arts Theatre
36 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
Free and open to the public

Three successful, highly regarded artists tell us about their biggest failures and how they use these setbacks as a tool to continue their work. Lisa ClagueAndrew Hayes, and Jaydan Moore provide information and inspiration for creative types everywhere. Exhibition opening reception to follow from 5-8 pm at Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC.
Why Craft, Why WNC? Lecture with Anna Fariello
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm
Blue Spiral 1
38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
Free and open to the public

Anna Fariello, Research Associate Professor at Hunter Library at Western North Carolina University and Craft Revival Project Director, will reveal why craft has thrived in our region.

Teaching Craft Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 pm
Blue Spiral 1
38 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC
Free and open to the public

A panel of artists including Elizabeth Brim, Heather Mae Erickson, and 
Michael Sherrill will discuss the various methods of teaching a craft - from the classroom to the craft school to apprenticeships and DIY - and the pros and cons of each approach.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design 
 is located at 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 

June 26, 2017

Coaster Sale at Michael Kline Pottery

4062 Snow Creek Rd. Bakersville, NC 

2017 Front Street Arts and Crafts Show in Dillsboro NC a Big Success

Wonderful blue skies, great entertainment and over 60 multi-talented artisans brought out more than 3,000 people to Front Street Arts and Crafts Show in Dillsboro NC on June 17th.

The first of three 2017 festivals produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, Front Street Arts and Crafts Show filled not only Front Street but also Church Street, increasing vendor participation thereby providing a much larger selection of arts and crafts. Dillsboro Merchants also reported an upturn in business during the festival.

The second 2017 Dillsboro festival, Summer Arts and Crafts Market, is scheduled for August 19th, with vendor booths booked to capacity. Vendor booths for ColorFest on October 7th, the third 2017  Association sponsored Festival are going fast.

This report and photos provided by
Amy Ammons Garza
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.
29 Regal Avenue •  Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-631-4587

June 15, 2017

The Art Museum's permanent address at 2 South Pack Square remains under construction with "The Museum on the Slope"open at 175 Biltmore Avenue for regular hours and special events.Admission is free during construction, but donations are welcomed to continue support of programs.

June 17, 2017 at The Asheville Art Museum: TIME WARP, the 2017 Benefit Gala.The event will be held at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.

The evening includes:
  • “Make It Yours” sumptuous cocktail dinner with wine, beer + signature cocktail
  • Gourmet food stations to please every palate
  • Live auction — fine art, travel packages
  • Fund-the-Needs Lot: Cultivating the Future: Artists, Educators, Collectors, Museum Lovers and More
  • Dream Bar + Chef Dinner raffles
  • Centerpiece + Textile Art sales
  • After Party on the Terrace with Zati & Meseret of Phantom Pantone
  • Cash liquor bar available
  • NEW! Meet-the-Maker VIP Hour at 5pm (additional fee) – includes valet parking
Make sure to dress your best in TIME WARP attire to have a chance to win the “Best-Dressed” award – a Glass Experience with Chaotic Joy Glassworks

or call: 828.253.3227