Celebrate American Craft Week in Western North Carolina


American Craft Week 2015 is officially over, but we have great events all year long.  You can keep up with our Western NC events on Facebook! Please like us at -  https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCraftWeekWNC

Planning for ACW 2016 will begin soon - mark your calendars for October 7-16, 2016!  This page will be updated in spring of 2016 so check back AND use this as a resource to find fine craft venues when you are coming to visit Western NC.

You are invited to visit and take part in festivals, fairs, new exhibitions, artist demonstrations and more in the Western NC region for American Craft Week.  

 2015 Western NC American Craft Week Participants & Events include:  


Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center                                     Asheville   Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC • Visit website
Allanstand is the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States. It was started by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich in 1897 in Madison County, NC. The shop eventually moved to downtown Asheville in 1908, and to its current home at the Folk Art Center in 1980.

Appalachian Craft Center                                                                           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
PO Box 8186, Asheville , NC • Visit website
Art Connections is participating in the ACW in Western NC celebration. We are helping by working the American Craft Week booth at Asheville Art in the Park to engage area visitors and tell them about the regions ACW events.

Asheville Area Arts Council                                                                       Asheville
PO BOX 507, Asheville, NC • Visit website
The Asheville Area Arts Council supports American Craft Week by hosting "Connections", a textile exhibit and sale featuring locally made hats, scarves, wraps, cowls, mittens, bags and other fashion accessories, as well as local yarn, running Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, 2015, at the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) Gallery. The exhibit, produced by Local Cloth Inc., in conjunction with the AAAC, showcases the results of partnerships between local fiber farmers and fiber artists, with all work incorporating some locally raised components — animal or plant fibers or dyestuffs. An opening reception is scheduled 5pm – 8pm, Oct. 2, a closing celebration, from 5pm – 8pm, Oct. 30, as well as several ongoing fiber art demonstrations during the exhibition.


Asheville Art in the Park                                                                             Asheville
Pack Square, Asheville , NC • Visit website
A handmade market for professional artists taking place on three Saturdays each June and October annually. Additionally Asheville Art in the Park donates 10% of its proceeds to a community grant to support local artists. Location: Pack Square in downtown Asheville, October 3, 10 & 17 from 10a- 6p.

Blue Spiral 1                                                                                                 Asheville
38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC • Visit website
September 3 – October 23


Shane Fero & Elizabeth Brim

Individual and collaborative works in lamp-worked glass and forged iron by two premier North Carolina artists. An acclaimed glass blower, Fero has concentrated the past few years on sculptures featuring vividly patterned birds. As a female blacksmith working in a traditionally male-dominated medium, Brim’s work often explores issues of gender.

Grovewood Gallery                                                                                     Asheville
111 Grovewood Rd.,   Visit websiteJump to events page.

Join us each Saturday of American Craft Week for the following events!

Vessels of Merriment
Opening Reception: October 3 (3 – 6pm)

An intoxicating exhibition of handcrafted drinking vessels by artists around the country. On view through December 31, 2015. Sponsored by Metro Wines and Noble Cider.

Open Studios
Saturday, October 10 (11am - 4pm)
Take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds (adjacent to Omni Grove Park Inn). Open studios presents an opportunity for visitors to interact with professional artists, see artwork at the source, and expose them to the rich talent that Asheville has to offer. Mediums range from painting to woodworking to sculpture. Please note: If you really want to see a particular artist, please call the gallery before you visit to make sure their studio is open.

Guild Crafts                                                                                                  Asheville
930 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC • Visit website
A neighborhood tradition, built in 1955 by Ralph Morris Sr. for Stuart Nye and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a pair of stone houses stand as a monument where time-honored traditions continue. Guild Crafts continues as a craft shop offering the finest handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, ironwork, glass, fiber and much more.

Haw Creek Forge                                                                                        Asheville
2000 Riverside Drive, #6, Asheville, NC • Visit website
To be decided.

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

Mountain Made                                                                                             Asheville
1 Page Ave, #123, Asheville, NC   visit website
Celebrating contemporary mountain art and featuring the work of over 80 Western North Carolina artisans. Fine handcrafted jewelry in silver, glass, and beadwork. Wonderful metal, wood, pottery, fiber and textiles, as well as regional music and books. During American Craft Week we will be highlighting David Cook’s beautiful baskets made of “smoke Vine” or Dutchman’s pipe, a native vine that David has been working with for over 20 years.  Join us in the Mountain Made Gallery to see David demonstrate how he creates these spectacular pieces. Saturdays, Oct 3 & 10, 11am-4pm.

New Morning Gallery                                                                                  Asheville
7 Boston Way, Asheville, NC • Visit website
New Morning Gallery delightfully displays an abundant selection of decorative and functional craft, all handmade by American artisans. The 12,300 sq. ft. gallery, with its magnificent two-story architecture, is filled with ART FOR LIVING.

River Arts District Artists                                                                         Asheville
, Asheville, NC • Visit website, Jump to events page.
You are invited to visit the vibrant River Arts District during American Craft Week! This historic location is home to over 180 working artist studios in converted factory buildings along the French Broad River. Studios are open daily and many plan special demonstrations throughout American Craft Week, as well as on the 2nd Saturday each month.  Go to our events calendar for updates!

River Oaks Studios                                                                                      Asheville
191 Lyman Street #160, Asheville, NC • Visit website

Shine on Brightly artist made memorials                                                Asheville
387 Stratford Rd. , Asheville, NCVisit website
Shine On Brightly features artist made memorials, including cremation urns, cremation jewelry, cremation glass, hand-bound books, memorial portraits, and more. There are 30 artists represented on the site. We offer an alternative to the mass-produced, outsourced memorials that dominate the market.

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

The gallery in Biltmore Village is the newest Southern Highland Craft Guild shop, selling a wide range of work including pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, fiber, metal, paper, mixed media and natural materials. Learn about the rich craft heritage of the region, and artists who are stretching the boundaries of their craft with modern, innovative techniques.

Southern Highland Craft Guild - Folk Art Center                                   Asheville
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC • Visit website                             An educational, non-profit organization that was founded in 1930 for the
purpose of creating a network and market for mountain craftspeople. Today,
guild membership stands at more than 900 artists from a nine-state region in
the Southern Highlands.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design                                               Asheville
67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC • Visit website
On display October 2015, 'Made in WNC' examines the legacy of craft-based industry (textiles, pottery, and furniture) in Western North Carolina and their influence on today's artists and designer-makers.

Benchspace Gallery
free, open to the public
check Website for details
Tue -Sat 10 am-6 pm

The Village Potters                                                                                     Asheville
191 Lyman Street, #180, Asheville, NC • Visit website
The Village Potters, one of the Premier Potteries in Western North Carolina, is home to the working studios of six reknown potters, a fully equipped Teaching Center and three showrooms featuring their exquisite ceramics. Demonstrations are almost always available as we're always working!

 Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft                                                              Asheville
29 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC • Visit website
We are a retail gallery located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
We feature all manner of local art and fine craft and host gallery strolls and demonstrations on occasion.

WHO Knows Art                                                                                           Asheville
PO Box 1382, Asheville, NC • Visit website
WHO Knows Art is an independently owned business, helping visual artists, galleries & arts organizations with the business side of art. Owner Wendy H. Outland ("WHO") worked for 22 years as an arts professional before starting her own company in 2004. Offering consultations, critiques and workshops.

Mica                                                                                                         Bakersville
37 N Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC  • Visit website                                                We are a cooperative gallery of fine crafts. We promote our individual members as fine craft artists year round and make a special push during ACW. In store, website, and social media platforms are utilized to bring a greater understanding of how craft enhances one's life. Mica also celebrates Customer Appreciation Week during ACW with cider and cookies for all in our cheerful, sunlit gallery. Our visiting artist exhibit, "Forged and Foraged" (Sept.24-Nov 14), features the work of metalworker, Paige Davis, and "trash assemblagist", John D. Richards.


Seven Sisters Gallery                                                                        Black Mountain
117 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC • Visit website
We are an American Craft Gallery

Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Manor                                     Blowing Rock
Milepost 294, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC • Visit website           Parkway Craft Center is one of six shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople. Work on display includes clay, glass, leather, fiber, jewelry, wood, natural materials, paper and metal.

John C. Campbell Folk School                                                                 Brasstown
One Folk School Rd, Brasstown, NC Visit website
Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 42nd Fall Festival! Over 240 craftspeople, live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food and more!
October 3 & 4, 10am-5pm daily

Yummy Mud Puddle                                                                               Burnsville
264 Clear View Lane, Burnsville, NC • Visit website
The Yummy Mud Puddle includes John D. Richards, an extremely mixed media sculptor, Claudia Dunaway, potter, and Kathryn Lynch who works with textiles. Located just outside of Burnsville, we also offer a "handmade" vacation rental for visitors to the crafts of area of Western North Carolina.

Haywood Community College                                                                         Clyde
185 Freedlander Dr, Clyde, NC • Visit website
Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts programming offers an innovative, affordable, groundbreaking craft education.
Offering a 2yr degree or diploma track as well as continuing education classes and workshops year-round, there is something for everyone! Come see for yourself.

Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival                                      Hendersonville  Arts Council of Henderson Co.                                     
P.O. Box 767, Hendersonville NC 28793 • Visit website
Join us on October 3rd and 4th as the Arts Council of Henderson County presents our 56th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival. Stroll Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC, and shop for fine art and fine craft by artists from Henderson County and the Southeastern region. Media includes work in clay, metal, glass, fiber, wood, painting, photography, jewelry, etc. Art on Main also features live art demonstrations. Hendersonville is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 30 minutes south of Asheville.

Flow                                                                                                              Marshall
14 South Main Street, Marshall, NC • Visit website
Flow is a fine craft gallery in the little river town of Marshall, NC offering local and regional handcraft in pottery, jewelry, clothing, body care, furniture and woodwork, woven and quilted items, painting, photography, sculpture, and stationery and book arts.

Last year, our event "Synesthesia," an exploration of the influence of the senses in artmaking, won recognition for Most Innovative Event.

Turtle Island Pottery                                                                                     Old Fort
2782 Bat Cave Rd (GPS only not postal), Old Fort, NC • Visit website
Showroom open!

Heartwood Gallery                                                                                          Saluda
21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC • Visit website
Heartwood Gallery: 100% American Craft since 1985. Our focus for ACW is serving pieces in ceramics, glass, metal and wood with a special exhibit “American Craft Serves Well”. Join us for an opening reception and 30th anniversary celebration Sat Oct 3.

Spruce Pine Potters Market                                                                   Spruce Pine
31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, NC • Visit website
A unique gathering of our region's greatest potters and clay artists October 10th and 11th, 2015. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend at the historic Cross Street Building in Spruce Pine, NC.

Local Cloth                                                                                             Swannanoa
106 Woodcreek Circle, Swannanoa, NC • Visit websiteJump to events page
Local Cloth invites you to visit our exhibition, Connections 2015, at the Asheville Area Arts Council in the Grove Arcade, Asheville. This fiber arts exhibit and sale features hats, shawls, scarves, bags and yarn from locally-grown, dyed and spun fibers. Saturday craft demos. Reception Oct. 2. Visit our online directory at localcloth.org.

Tyson Graham Pottery                                                                                     Tryon
6148 Peniel Rd, Tryon, NC • Visit website
Tyson Graham at Little Mountain Pottery invites you to attend his Fall Open House on Saturday, October 17, from 10am until 2pm. The event will feature Tyson's latest work, as well as guest artists and mountain music.

We'd like to thank the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area for sponsoring our 2015 American Craft Week in Western NC brochure! Click this link and learn more about their mission including support for: traditional craft, music heritage, Cherokee history, natural resources and agriculture.


Finally, we want you to know we are working on a collaborative video project this year to produce a series of 3 short videos telling our Western NC craft story!

We know our region is rich with craft heritage and current day excitement. We'll be sharing some of our craft history in one video giving viewers an insight as to why Western NC has so many artists, craft schools, galleries and supporting organizations. Another video will show you what is happening in the area currently that you can experience when you visit. Finally, we will video our participation in the American Craft Week celebration.

You'll start to see these by late summer - please look for the videos and enjoy! 

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