On Apr. 22 & 23, 2016, (10am-6pm) & Apr. 24 (11am-5pm), Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, will host a benefit for The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. During the benefit, visitors will be able to save 10% on all ceramic art, enter a free raffle for a Made in WNC prize pack, and enjoy an artist demonstration by Brent Skidmore. 10% of sales from this 3 day event will go towards supporting free public programming at Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, CCCD’s exhibition space in downtown Asheville.
CCCD recently announced its participation in WantedDesign Brooklyn May 7-17, 2016 during NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official annual citywide celebration of design. CCCD will display Made in Western North Carolina (WNC), an exhibition featuring work by twenty-four regional textile, ceramic, and furniture studios, presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.
CCCD will be hosting a free raffle at Grovewood Gallery for a Made in WNC prize pack featuring a 64-page color exhibition catalogue, Made in WNC tote bag made in Asheville by social enterprise Block by Block Industries, and a handmade mug from East Fork Pottery, one of the featured studios in the exhibition.
Asheville artist Brent Skidmore will be demonstrating some of his carving and textural surfaces on a mirror frame and boulder forms on Friday during the benefit from 12 – 4pm. Brent serves as Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Craft Studies at UNC Asheville and is a former board member of the CCCD (2007 – 2015). He has taught at many esteemed craft schools across the country, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. His work and processes are included in a recent Lark Publication entitled “The Penland Book of Woodworking.” Exhibitions of Brent’s personal work have included the Smithsonian Craft Show and SOFA-Chicago.
Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. Learn more at (craftcreativitydesign.org).
Grovewood Gallery is a family-owned, fine crafts destination located in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries (built during 1917-1924), adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn in North Asheville. The gallery showcases traditional and contemporary craft, all handmade by American artisans.
Grovewood is also home to 9 working artist studios, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, the North Carolina Homespun Museum, as well as Asheville’s new Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen. Free parking is available on site.
To learn more about Grovewood Gallery, visit (grovewood.com) or call 828/253-7651.