Getting Crafty in AshevilleIndie & heritage craft fairs mark July weekends
|Photo by The Big Crafty, Asheville.|
First up is the Big Crafty, a semiannual celebration of indie craft (think: Etsy.com) set to take over the Asheville Art Museum with more than 140 vendors this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Find everything from clothing to jewelry, from stationery to tableware, and from art prints to homemade soaps. There's a lot of Asheville and N.C. love on display, and there are many booths that feature great gifts for kids, and budget-friendly items as well as bigger buys. Admission to the show is free of charge.
|Photo courtesy of the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands|
The four-day event showcases the mountain craftspeople of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, which was formed in 1930 and is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation.
|Craft Guild member & stonecarver |
If you can't make it to one of both of these excellent craft shows this month, don't worry! The fall Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is set for October 16-19, and the Big Crafty will return on December 7.
And you can also find these crafters' wares year-round: Find work by Guild artists at the Folk Art Center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway or at the new gallery in Biltmore Village. Also check out Horse + Hero in downtown, opened last month by Big Crafty organizers and filled with locally created items.
Where to find Arts & Crafts in Asheville.