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Southern Highland Craft Guild – Craft Demonstrations

March 1 - December 31

The Southern Highland Craft Guild invites visitors to experience daily craft demonstrations at the Folk Art Center from March through December 2021. Every day from 10am-4pm, two artists of differing medias will explain and demonstrate their craft with informative materials displayed at their booth. These free educational events are open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a piece from the demonstrators, and walk away with fine craft that came to life by the hands of its…

“Magic is in the Air” at the Folk Art Center

May 1 - August 3

The Southern Highland Craft Guild will open its member-focused show “Magic is in the Air” on May 1st in the Focus Gallery. Located on the second level of the Folk Art Center, the exhibit will feature the work of five Guild Members: Cindy Billingsley, Sharon Gordon, Jane Cole, Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, and Lisa Besler. Disciplines represented are metalsmithing, rag-weaving, quilting, hand-built ceramics, and leather work.   The lively animal sculptures on display are created by Cindy Billingsley, member since 2004. When…

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 6 - August 7

The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair returns to Burnsville’s Town Square Aug. 6-7. The fair, now in its 64th year, is a perennial favorite that showcases handmade art of all kinds. From wood carvings and sculptures to pottery, jewelry, yard decor and clothing, vendors present their varied talents. This year’s show, which is always juried, places a particular emphasis on locally made crafts. The Toe River Valley is home to a large concentration of artists. Decades ago, the fair was born…

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair Returns After Pandemic Pause

August 6 - August 7

The beloved Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, forced into a pandemic pause last August after 63 years, returns to Burnsville’s Town Square, Aug. 6-7, 9:00 am-5:00 pm each day. The event retains its Friday-Saturday format and focus on high-quality handmade crafts. However, a new executive director brings different ideas and a fresh perspective for 2021. “Everybody is ready to hit the road and take part in something they missed out on last year, and we’re excited to have them come to…

Palette Pals: Van Gogh’s Branches with Almond Blossom

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Palette Pals is a new event at BRAHM designed for fun adult/child interaction. Tickets are sold in pairs, so a child and their favorite adult can make art together. Cost: $85 general admission per pair | $75 for Museum members (not yet a member? join today and save!) Join us as we paint inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Branches with Almond Blossom" in a family friendly atmosphere. Each participant goes home with a finished work of art inspired by a…

Art on the Green in Banner Elk

August 7 - August 8

The fine art shows take place on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School. Booth space will be reduced 50 percent to allow for distancing, and attendees should follow all NC protocols for Covid safety. The shows highlight works from local and regional artists representing a variety of media, such as ceramics, glass, metal, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil. “The focus is on embracing our Appalachian heritage and really highlighting things in the hand-crafted Appalachian tradition,” says show director…

Southern Highland Craft Guild – “Sparkle”

August 7 - November 9

The Southern Highland Craft Guild will open its newest member-focused show "Sparkle" on Saturday August 7. On the second level of the Folk Art Center in the Focus Gallery, the work of five Guild Members will be on display from August 7 through November 9. Disciplines represented include metalsmithing, wheel-thrown ceramics, batiking, hand-dyed and sewn apparel, and glass blowing. Members featured are Jason Janow, Erin Janow, Robin Ford, Teresa Hays, and Dawn Hinsley-Jones. The jewelry and ceramic pieces in the…

Art on the Green in Banner Elk

September 4 - September 5

The fine art shows take place on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School. Booth space will be reduced 50 percent to allow for distancing, and attendees should follow all NC protocols for Covid safety. The shows highlight works from local and regional artists representing a variety of media, such as ceramics, glass, metal, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil. “The focus is on embracing our Appalachian heritage and really highlighting things in the hand-crafted Appalachian tradition,” says show director…

2021 Cherokee Heritage Festival

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn all about the Cherokee culture in your own back yard. The 2021 Cherokee Heritage Festival is not to be missed! Come see demonstrations and dancing from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Try authentic Fry Bread, or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted piece of jewelry or art! Come see demonstrations and dancing from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Try authentic Fry Bread, or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted piece of jewelry or art! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Cherokee…

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