Marketplace for crafts, local food, in downtown Wilkesboro
A new marketplace for arts and crafts, the Blue Ridge Artisan Center is a home for performing arts, a venue for children’s activities, workshops, lectures, ongoing demonstrations, and a farm-to-table restaurant. The center also serve as a retail store and information center filled with materials on artists, events, galleries, and workshops throughout a nine-county region. The center is also headquarters for the annual Carolina in the Fall traditional music festival.
The Blue Ridge Artisan Center is located in the 1915 Historic Federal Courthouse and Post Office on West Main Street in Wilkesboro. The main gallery of this Federal style building is an Artisan Market with 3,000 square feet of retail space that features the work of the area’s finest artists and artisans. Every medium is on display: pottery, wood, metal, fibers, glass, photography, watercolor, oils, mixed media and more. Unique, handmade items are functional as well as decorative—find the perfect gift, something unexpected, or something you just can’t do without.
The Blue Ridge Artisan Guild offers educational and mentoring programs through the Blue Ridge Artisan Center. These include children’s activities, lectures and workshops. Artisans who are members of the Guild share their work and stories through demonstrations in a Featured-Artist-of-the-Week program.
The Artisan Cafe is a local eatery and coffee stop also located in the 1915 building. The Artisan Cafe is locally owned and serves locally sourced goods.
For hours, exhibits and other news, go to blueridgeartisancenter.org.