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Quilts: The Stories They Tell

March 14 - August 26

Twenty-Five quilts from the MHC's extensive collection featuring Album, Crazy, and Patchwork quilt styles. Stories of makers, families, and community members as well as local and national patterns, techniques and materials, and the perceptions of quilts will be showcased. View old favorites as well as new acquisitions and quilts that have never been on exhibit in a MHC exhibit.    

Jagged Path: the African Diaspora in Western North Carolina in Craft, Music, and Dance

April 30 - October 22

BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art & History Museum) is excited to open the exhibition, Jagged Path: the African Diaspora in Western North Carolin in Craft, Music, and Dance. The in-person exhibition is accompanied by a program series, digital exhibit, book, and traveling exhibit. The Jagged Path seeks to illuminate the obscured history of African contributions to craft, music, and dance in Western North Carolina. Drawing connections across geography and generations, the Jagged Path will demonstrate how African traditions that survived the…

Graduating Class of 2022 of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program

May 21 - September 7

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opened its Main Gallery exhibition at the Folk Art Center showcasing the Graduating Class of 2022 of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts Program on May 21st. Located on the second floor until September 7th, the show continues the historical relationship between the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Haywood, an educational center of the Guild. One of the most anticipated shows of the year, the class of 2022 represents works of wood, metal, and fiber. This…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: 36th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of this annual national juried competition, join competition juror Elizabeth Brim for an educational outdoor tour of the 10 sculptures from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. Made possible by the continued support and generosity of the Rosen Family. 

75th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: Summer Edition

July 21 - July 24

In its 75th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s Harrah’s Cherokee Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. Admission $10, Children under 12 free. Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Painting Workshop to Benefit the Mitford Museum

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

JOIN JAN AND HER DEAR FRIEND, acclaimed artist Nancy Bass, for a special day of painting that will make you feel like a pro! Artist Nancy Bass, whose popular animal paintings are in private collections around the country, created art for our Mitford Christmas ornaments, placemats, mugs, and throw pillows. In her class, she will provide each student a prepared panel with a drawing of their pet along with all the supplies needed for the class. Participants will learn the…

Art on the Green

August 6 - August 7

Four times this summer, Art on the Greene brings original artwork in a variety of media to the green at the Historic Banner Elk School. Located in the center of this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shows create an idyllic setting for meeting artists, admiring their work and shopping for handmade pieces. The two-day shows take place on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend May 28-29; July Fourth weekend, July 2-3; the first weekend of…

Wood Day

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of wooden crafts – one of the first mediums of handicraft. From branches, trunks, roots, and bark, watch as they’re used in both functional and decorative pieces. During Wood Day, Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will showcase this evolution of skills and mastery of crafted wood by demonstrating and sharing their working processes with visitors at the Folk Art Center. Demonstrations include carving, wood-turning, furniture making, and more. See you on Saturday, August…

16th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival: “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage”

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 16th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. Nestled in Cowee West’s Mill Historic District at 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin, NC, the Center is a unique showcase for demonstrating the everyday skills, crafts, and music of our ancestors. And it is a FREE event! We will follow CDC and NC state mandates/guidelines in…

Art on the Green

September 3 - September 4

Four times this summer, Art on the Greene brings original artwork in a variety of media to the green at the Historic Banner Elk School. Located in the center of this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shows create an idyllic setting for meeting artists, admiring their work and shopping for handmade pieces. The two-day shows take place on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend May 28-29; July Fourth weekend, July 2-3; the first weekend of…

Heritage Day

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us from 10 am-4 pm for a celebration of Southern Appalachian culture on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This festival has old-time music and demonstrations of the crafts of yesteryear. Activities: Chairmaking, quilting, heirloom apples, sheep shearing, cornshuck dolls, woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, stone carving, soap making, crocheting, knitting, spinning, rifle making, natural dyeing, basketry. Band Schedule:TBA Don’t Miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition at 2:00 pm!!

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