American Craft Week Highlights Local Artisans
|Local artist Helen Purdum carves a beer stein for Hops & Crafts,|
an exhibit that opens Saturday, October 4 at Grovewood Gallery.
This year's celebration, set for October 3-12, will be marked by events across the U.S., including more than 40 events, workshops, festivals and open galleries in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
This region's strong heritage in handmade goods is evident throughout the year, highlighted by the success of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the stunning variety of craft on display in its shops at the Folk Art Center and in Biltmore Village.
The 170+ artist studios thriving in the River Arts District, as well as crafters in the Swannanoa Valley and beyond, are also a testament to the staying power of craft. Asheville-area shoppers can choose from a huge diversity of unique souvenir items, from quilts and pottery to jewelry and furniture.
American Craft Week in Western N.C. kicks off on Friday, October 3 with an address from Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. Later in the week, Karen Fowler, the executive director of ArtFields, will offer a public keynote lecture.
Throughout the week, visitors can enjoy live demonstrations and the opportunity to speak with artists at several events, including:
- Asheville Art in the Park: A market in downtown's Pack Square Park help on the first three Saturdays in October.
- Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards: An exhibit at the Grovewood Gallery that highlights the connection between Asheville's arts heritage and its title as Beer City USA. Handcrafted pints, mugs and tankards from 17 regional artists will be on display.
- Synesthesia: Ineffable Pairings of Scent and Cloth: A unique show at Flow gallery in nearby Marshall will gather the talents of a weaver, a clothing designer and a botanical aromatherapist.
For more background, check out this American craft video, featuring several local artists:
Learn more about the arts in Asheville.