American Craft Week Highlights Local Artisans

American Craft Week Highlights Local Artisans
Demonstrations, talks connect visitors to the art

Local artist Helen Purdum carves a beer stein for Hops & Crafts,

an exhibit that opens Saturday, October 4 at Grovewood Gallery.
Since American Craft Week began as a grassroots movement four years ago, the artists and crafters in Western North Carolina have led the way in the effort to enhance the appreciation of handmade craft.

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:

For more background, check out this American craft video, featuring several local artists:

Learn more about the arts in Asheville.

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