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Crafting with the Southern Highland Craft Guild: Little Fairy Mermaid

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us to make a Little Fairy Mermaid from cloth to hang on a wall. Parts will be pre-stitched for you so you can just come in and play! We will assemble parts, do a face and embellish with beads. The instructor, Charlie Patricolo, has been making dolls for over 50 years and teaching for 20 all over the place! Cost: BRAHM Members $65/Nonmembers $75 (includes kit) Limited seating available.  Appropriate for ages 12+.

Crafting with the Southern Highland Craft Guild: Little Fairy Mermaid

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us to make a Little Fairy Mermaid from cloth to hang on a wall. Parts will be pre-stitched for you so you can just come in and play! We will assemble parts, do a face and embellish with beads. Charlie Patricolo has been making dolls for over 50 years and teaching for 20 all over the place! Cost: BRAHM Members $65/Nonmembers $75 (includes kit) Appropriate for ages 12+. Southern Strands: North Carolina Fiber Art is made possible by a grant…

Coffee with the Curator: Southern Strands Exhibition

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into the Southern Strands: North Carolina Fiber Art an exhibit made possible by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.  Afterward, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary coffee and cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Company) with the Curator at the Museum. Coffee with the Curator is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.  

Art on the Mountain

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Over forty artists and craft persons will set up their creative wares on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Holiday gift ideas, fall theme items, unique art pieces, crafts and more will be for sale. Several artists will be demonstrating their artwork including basket weaving, quilting and wood-working.

Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 45th Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food, and much more!   

Festival of the Frescoes

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

You are invited to our annual Festival of the Frescoes, rain or shine! Featured are crafts by regional artisans, delicious food, children's activities, yummy bakery goods, silent auction, incredible indoor yard sale called Granny's Attic and raffles. Visit the famous frescoes painted by Ben Long and his students. 

Spruce Pine Potters Market

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering and sale of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists. Purchase beautiful handmade pottery from 30 artists and enjoy wonderful wood-fired pizza from Fresh/Asheville on a colorful autumn weekend. Admission is free and lunches are available for purchase on site.

Crafty Historian at Smith-McDowell House

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come join the Crafty Historian and try your hand at paper quilling. Quilling is the art of curling strips of paper into interesting designs. The craft got its name from from the way paper strips were curled around bird quills (a feather's center backbone). Colonial artists decorated candle holders and tea trays with pretty quilling.    We will practice with strips of paper and then create a work of art! Best for ages 8 and up. The craft requires working…

Halloween Open House: Creepy Crafts

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bring the little goblins to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for some "creepy crafts" on Saturday, October 26th from 2-3 pm! Join us for Halloween-themed hands-on activities for the family! Free and open to the public.

Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our annual Blacksmith Auction features some of the finest artist-blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School instructors and students. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the school.

Fireside Sale at John C. Campbell Folk School

November 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Stroll through the beautifully decorated Keith House and shop for holiday gifts made by local and regional artists. More treasures await in the Music Studio and Dining Hall, and don’t miss the Craft Shop’s annual sale!

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