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Finding Wonders in the Outskirts

Henderson County sprawls out toward higher ground and, as it unfurls, artists of every stripe seem to nestle into its nooks and crannies.

Potter Meghan Bernard at 2004 Old South Carolina Ave, near Kanuga Rd, creates wheel-thrown coffee cups, bowls, and teapots inspired by backyard plants and animals. Visit by appointment – call (828-337-7398) or email meghanbernardpottery@gmail.com.

Lorraine Cathey and her sister Dian Magie conjure fiber art and ceramics, respectively, at 108 Turner Lane, off Route 64 toward Brevard. Lorraine’s interest in felt grew out of a John C. Campbell Folk School workshop in Brasstown, NC, eventually leading to evocative landscapes in wool. (By appointment, 828-273-8079.) Dian’s use of Sgraffito to “scratch off” the outside of a piece of pottery yields lovely bisque and wood-fired images of flowers and trees. (Call or email ahead, 828-606-6119, dian.magie@gmail.com.)

Also, by appointment only ~ Leftwich Pottery, 126 Bane Road, in Mills River, between Hendersonville and Brevard. In addition to high-fired face jugs, Rodney Leftwich captures wildlife, waterfalls and farms in his graceful fine pottery pieces, using cut-out (reticulation) techniques. (Call 828-890-3053 or email artleftwich@yahoo.com.)

Heading back toward Hendersonville from Rodney’s studio, taking Hwy. 280 to Hwy. 191, stop by Sharon Gordon’s place at 510 Starmount Lane in the Haywood Knolls neighborhood where she focuses on “rag weaving,” an art that honors the inspired handwork of her own mountain ancestors. Call or email in advance for an appointment. (sharongordonart@yahoo.com, 828-216-5489)

At Historic Johnson Farm, just north of Hendersonville (3346 Haywood Road), you can take classes in weaving, knitting, spinning and rug hooking at Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists or simply gather your favorite items at the gift shop. 10 am – 4 pm, Mon through Fri. While on the property, navigate the history of the place using a self-guided audio tour and stretch out along two nature trails. For info, 828-595-9475.

 

 

Not to Miss

  • Feed & Seed.
    Live bluegrass and traditional music. 3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher. Friday and Saturday nights, 828-216-3492.
  • Orchards galore!
    For a full listing of Henderson County apple orchards, go to visithendersonville.org.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing.
    100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, 828-681-5300.

Leftwich Pottery

Inspired by the North Carolina mountains and local pottery traditions, potter and author Rodney Leftwich...

Sharon Gordon

Sharon proudly hails from a long line of ancestors in Western North Carolina, going back...

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The Regions of the Blue Ridge

In planning the best use of your NC mountains vacation days, know that the region can be divided into three sub-regions for ease of exploration:

Far West

  • Cherokee
  • The Nantahala Gorge
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Central

  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • The waterfalls of Transylvania County
  • Many more highlights

High Country

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Falls
  • Boone
  • Blowing Rock
  • High northern mountains

Foothills

  • Mt. Airy
  • Lenoir
  • Elkin