Celebrate ACW in Western North Carolina


Special Events in Western North Carolina Celebrating American Craft Week:  

Mayor Manheimer Kicks-off American Craft Week
Friday, October 3, 2014. 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC

Come and join Mayor Esther Manheimer and our greater Asheville art community with a reception to kick-off American Craft Week. 

In Western NC, the American Craft Week celebration brings awareness and fun to craft events across our region. It is also a wonderful way to collaborate and connect with one other. Craft contributes to our economy, drives tourism to our region and provides a way for us to express our individuality, opinions and current events.

From a family including artists, Mayor Manheimer will give us an insider’s view of the role of craft in our community and its impact on our region.

Keynote Speaker: Karen Fowler, Executive Director of ArtFields®
Saturday, October 11, 2014. 5pm-6pm

Location: HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville,NC

American Craft Week in Western NC proudly hosts Karen Fowler, Executive Director of ArtFields® in Lake City, S.C.

In 2014, the fifth year of the national American Craft Week celebration, ACW has had an emphasis on Cultural Tourism. The Lake City, S.C. ArtFields® event is a great example of bringing tourism to a community through Art.

ArtFields® 10-day event features live music, dancing, delicious Southern foods, and cash prizes totaling $100,000 that is awarded to winning artists. ArtFields® mission is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of the citizens residing within the community of Lake City, South Carolina. ArtFields® is designed to provide opportunities for the cultivation of artists and to offer educational and arts programs for the benefit of the public.

Join us and hear more from ED Karen Fowler about the ArtFields® initiative.

WNC Participants and Events:

The Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary                        Arden
197 Locust Court, Arden, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
I own and teach jewelry skills at the Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary. My involvement with ÀCW is to demonstrate for the public so that they can appreciate what it takes to create wearable art. We will be demonstrating this year at the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival in TN for ACW.

Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelry                                                          Asheville
The Historic Grove Archade, Suite 142, 1 Page Ave., Asheville, NC • Visit website
This gallery, centrally located in downtown Asheville, features the distinctive works of jewelers Michelle Alexander and Bill Lehnert.

Appalachian Craft Shop                                                                           Asheville
10 N Spruce St Ste120, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Hand-crafted, functional, North Carolina pottery and other traditional Southern Appalachian crafts in wood, fiber and glass. We are open Monday- Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM starting in April. We are also open everyday at the gift shop in the Renaissance Hotel.

Art Connections                                                                                        Asheville
, Asheville, NC • Visit website Jump to events page
Art Connections will be involved in Western NC’s celebration of American Craft Week!

Asheville Art in the Park                                                                           Asheville
Downtown, Pack Square, Asheville, NC • Visit website
2014 Shows - October 4, 11, 18; 10a.m.- 6p.m.
Asheville Art in the Park will once again be providing access to some of the finest artists in the region with its market series now in its sixth year. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. 3 consecutive Saturday’s in October.

Asheville Art Museum                                                                              Asheville
2 S Pack Sqare, Asheville, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
The Asheville Art Museum's outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established it as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina, a region celebrated for its unique crafts.

Blue Spiral 1                                                                                              Asheville
38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC • Visit website

Grove Arcade                                                                                            Asheville
1 Page Ave., Asheville, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
A collection of galleries and shops with seasonal events showcasing a variety of artists and crafters.

Grovewood Gallery                                                                                   Asheville
111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page

Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards by Regional Artists
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4 (2 - 5pm)
Come meet your new favorite mug! Grovewood Gallery celebrates American Craft Week with the opening of an intoxicating exhibit of divine steins, perfect pints and tempting tankards, all handcrafted by 17 of Western North Carolina’s leading artists. Several participating artists will be in attendance and craft beer and cider will be provided. Hops & Crafts will be on display through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. This exhibit is sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing (located in downtown Asheville on Hilliard Ave.) and Urban Orchard Cider Company (located in West Asheville on Haywood Rd.)

HandMade in America                                                                              Asheville
125 S Lexington Avenue, Ste. 101, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Our mission is to grow economies through craft and creative placemaking. On October 11, HandMade in America will host Western NC’s American Craft Week Keynote speaker, Karen Fowler, Executive Director of ArtFields. This free event is open to the public.

Jewels That Dance                                                                                  Asheville
63 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Jewels That Dance is the working studio of Paula Dawkins, designer goldsmith. We have been located on Haywood Street in Asheville North Carolina for 30 years - in the forefront of the revival of downtown Asheville, NC. Jewels That Dance is both a retail jewelry gallery and studio of Pauls Dawkins.

Lori Theriault/Crazy Green Studios                                                        Asheville
191 Lyman Street, #180, Asheville, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
I am a member of The Village Potters, a Collective that shares a commitment to nurturing each other's development and success. We are a fully equipped Pottery housing the working studios of six professional Resident Potters, three showrooms of fine craft, and a Teaching Center.


MH LIBMAN Woodturning                                                                        Asheville
191 Lyman St. Suite 165, Asheville , NC • Visit website

Mountain Made                                                                                         Asheville
1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC • Visit website

During American Craft Week Mountain Made will be featuring three guest artists doing demonstrations.
Jim Beghtol - wire sculpture trees, Sat. Oct. 4th, 11am - 4pm.
Paige Houghton -fiber bowl construction, Fri. Oct. 10th, 11am - 4pm.
Bonnie Lucas - plant/leaf poundings (which is an old technique used by native Americans) Sat. Oct. 11th, 11am - 4pm.

New Morning Gallery                                                                                Asheville
7 Boston Way, Asheville, NC • Visit website

River Arts District Artists                                                                         Asheville
, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Join the artists of the River Arts District on the Second Saturday of each month for A Closer Look— a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping and shopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity!

Sculptural Art Baskets by Matt Tommey                                                Asheville
191 Lyman Street #160, Asheville , NC • Visit website
I am a sculptural basketry artist based in Asheville, NC working in locally-available, natural materials like including bark, vines and branches. My work captures the rhythm and beauty of the natural world. During American Craft Week I will be in the studio October 7-12 doing daily demonstrations.

Southern Highland Craft Gallery                                                             Asheville
26 Lodge St., Asheville, NC • Visit website

Southern Highland Craft Guild - Folk Art Center                                   Asheville
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC • Visit website

Southern Highland Craft Guild - Guild Crafts                                        Asheville
930 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC • Visit website

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design                                               Asheville
67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC • Visit website
CCCD's Benchspace Gallery & Workshop investigates making in the 21st Century. The exhibition "Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints" explores a unique series of prints from 2005 to the present from Sept 5, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015. Check the Website for additional programs. Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 - 6 pm.

The Village Potters                                                                                  Asheville
191 Lyman Street, #180, Asheville, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
The Village Potters is one of the Premier potteries in Western North Carolina. Seven renowned potters work on location Mon- Sat 10-6 pm. Ongoing demonstrations will happen throughout American Craft Week. Watch our website for additional event announcements.

Thomas Reardon Kathleen Doyle                                                           Asheville
111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC • Visit website
We are jewelers and resident studio artists at Grovewood Gallery. We will have an Open Studio with other resident artists on Saturday Oct 11th - 11am-4pm. 
but normally we are open every weekend on Sat from 11-4

We will be doing demos and serving snacks as well.

VanDyke Jewelry & Fine Craft                                                                 Asheville
29 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Locally owned and operated gallery in downtown Asheville. The gallery focuses on maintaining an inviting and comfortable space while offering interesting, well crafted work for body & home. Events include a kick-off first Friday gallery stroll, give-a-way of jewelry special for event, demos & more.

Mica Gallery                                                                                           Bakersville
37 N Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC • Visit website

Turtle Island Pottery Old Fort                                                        Black Mountain
51 Cedar Creek Rd, Black Mountain, NC • Visit website

Showroom address:  2782 Bat Cave Rd. Old Fort, NC

Southern Highland Craft Guild - Parkway Craft Center                  Blowing Rock
Milepost 294, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC • Visit website

John C. Campbell Folk School                                                             Brasstown
One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 41st Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food, and much more! October 4 & 5. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Yummy Mud Puddle                                                                               Burnsville
264 Clear View Lane, Burnsville, NC • Visit website
Home and studio of John Richards, mixed media, and Claudia Dunaway, potter. Claudia will be participating in the Spruce Pine Potters Market on October 11 & 12.

Chimney Rock State Park                                                                Chimney Rock
431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC • Visit website
We are a state park with 2 gift shops. We offer a big selection of arts and crafts in both of our stores, most of the artists are from the WNC region.

Haywood Community College                                                                      Clyde
185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
EXCITE: An exhibit of Contemporary Textiles & Fiber Art inspired or reflective of the design ideals set forth by Anni Albers at Black Mountain College.

Opening 4-7p Oct. 9, 2014. Mary Cornwell Gallery, HCC.
Local Cloth and the Haywood Community College Creative Arts program invite you to join us.

Arts Council of Henderson County                                               Hendersonville
P.O. Box 767, Hendersonville, NC • Visit website
Art on Main, a fine art / fine craft festival now in its 55th year, will take place on October 4 and 5,
10-5pm both days. We invite you to stroll our charming and historic Main Street in Hendersonville, NC, for fine arts & crafts by some of the best regional artists, plus live art demonstrations.

Smitten of Highlands                                                                              Highlands
PO Box 369 10 Foreman Road, Highlands, NC • Visit website
Smitten is a made in America Craft Gallery that specalizes in highlighting local tallent at our third Thursday meet the artis event.

Flow                                                                                                          Marshall
14 South Main Street, Marshall, NC • Visit website
Flow is a fine craft gallery in Marshall, NC. For ACW, we will host a collaborative exhibit entitled "Synesthesia: Ineffable Pairings of Scent and Cloth"

Collaborators are Flow members Selinde Lanier, a weaver; Lisa Mandle, a clothing designer/maker and Katie Vie, a botanical aromatherapist.

Heartwood Gallery                                                                                       Saluda
21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC • Visit website
Wrap Yourself In American Craft!
Heartwoods focus for ACW 2014 is on scarves...woven, felted, painted, printed.
A special display of scarves by fiber artists Sally Jones, Kristen Gereau, Elizabeth Rubidge, Lori Ross, and a trunk show with Jen Swearington Sat 10/11.
100% American Craft since 1985

Spruce Pine Potters Market                                                                Spruce Pine
31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, NC • Visit website
A unique gathering of our region's renowned potters and clay artists! Always the second weekend of October held at the historic 31 Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

Black Mountain Studios                                                                      Swannanoa
626 Old Lytle Cove Rd., Swannanoa, NC • Visit website

Local Cloth                                                                                           Swannanoa
106 Woodcreek Circle, Swannanoa, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
Local Cloth members offer locally-made and locally-sourced yarns, clothing and household goods at area mills, farms, hand-weavers' studios, yarn and clothing stores and at special events. See us demonstrating spinning af Spinzilla events, and visitour show - EXCITE! - at Haywood Community College.

Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery                                    Waynesville
136 Depot St , Waynesville, NC • Visit website
Grace is a metal sculptor and will show her 7 minute (HGTV) video demonstrating the cutting, welding, hammering and forging of steel into beautiful sculptures for your home and garden.

 Come join us....We will be celebrating ACW during the whole month of October!