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Southern Highland Craft Guild Celebrates Summer of Glass at the Guild’s Biltmore Village Gallery in Asheville, NC – June 16, 2018

June 9, 2018

The gallery of Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC, will showcase two generations of glassblowers on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 2:30 to 5pm. Celebrating Asheville’s summer focus on glass with the ongoing Chihuly installation at the Biltmore Estate, the Guild is offering an afternoon for the public to meet glass makers to learn more about the craft of glass and their stories. Wine, cheese and other lighter fare will be provided, as well as live entertainment.


Work by Loretta Forde

Members David Wilson and his wife Loretta Forde will be at the gallery sharing their technique and passion for this craft. Wilson has been blowing glass for over 35 years, and has been heavily involved with Penland School of Crafts both as a student and an instructor. Forde, has also been a student of Penland, and spent many years apprenticing with local glass blowers to refine her technique. The two own and operate Toe River Studio Glass in Burnsville, NC, making a range of functional to one-of-a-kind objects. From vases to paperweights, to large bowls and plasma sculptures, the gallery will showcase a selection of their work.


Work by Hayden Wilson

In addition, their son and well-known glass artist, Hayden Wilson of the NC Glass Center, will also be showcasing his work and talent. Hayden was raised in the glassblowing scene of Western North Carolina and has worked professionally in glass for the past six years. He also has ties with Penland, as well as Chihuly’s school in Washington State, Pilchuck Glass. His aesthetic carries clean lines inspired by modern and utilitarian design. Many of his vessels and sculptures, as well as lighting, have been commissioned by local restaurants in the Asheville area.

This event is the first in a series of glass-focused happenings at the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s gallery in Biltmore Village. The event is free and located at 26 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Parking is available in the rear of the building, or down the street in the garage. The gallery features nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highlands.

More information is available at (https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event/generations-in-glass/).

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Henry’s On The Market in Charleston, SC, Begins Artist in Residence Program

April 28, 2018

Henry’s On The Market, South Carolina’s oldest restaurant established in 1932, is proud to introduce Moses M. Sanchez as its first Artist in Residence beginning April 2018. Live painting in our main dining area will be featured Thursday – Sunday afternoons from 1-8pm.

Moses M. Sanchez is a self-taught artist versed in oil, acrylic and air-brush painting, and pencil and ink. His work has been placed in private collections in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Born into poverty in Mexico City, Moses discovered his love of art at an early age. By the time he reached his teenage years, his teachers had tasked him with classroom drawings of all subject matters throughout his school to compensate for the school’s lack of textbooks and teaching tools.

Although Moses dreamt of a formal art education, his lack of resources prohibited this experience. Never one to give up on his dream, and encouraged by his mother, Moses left the comfort of his family at age 15 to work as an artist in a traveling fair. “I remember that we did not have baths and we had to sleep down from the rides. Sometimes it was very cold and others were afraid. Sometime there were people who threw bottles or stones at us just for fun. There were days when I bought everyone food because we had nothing to eat.”

Moses’ eventually followed his father and several brothers to the United States. Speaking no English, he settled first in Hilton Head and then Savannah. During these transitional years, he was given a gift that would change is life and open many doors: a Spanish/English dictionary. Moses learned the English language and the importance of many of its words we take for granted: honesty, integrity, respect and trust. Now co-owner of his own painting company servicing affluent clientele up and down the East Coast, Moses and his family reside in Charleston, SC.

“Sometimes we go through situations or challenges in our lives, we believe will not overcome. But whatever you believe, that will be the result. Many times I have been in situations where it would have been better to give up, but I looked at the sky and I saw it full of stars, as life is full of opportunities. In this world there are many people with goodness. We are a magnet and we attract what we feel. My passion for painting has driven me to move forward and always get to a better place.”

For inquiries, please contact Susie Barrett, Director of Special Events, by calling 615/410-8365. (Henry’s On The Market, 54 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC, 29401).

Conway Glass in Conway, SC, Invites You to Holiday Party & Glass Blowing Demos! – Dec. 2, 2017

November 27, 2017

It’s time for our Annual Holiday Party and Glass Blowing Demos, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 11am – 4pm, at Conway Glass in Conway, SC. Enjoy free refreshments while watching glass blowers create colorful works of art right before your eyes. See glass artists work with 2150 degree glass to handcraft Roman Bowls. Each bowl is handblown and decorated with silver spirals.

We open on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10am and glass blowing is 11am – 4pm. No appointment necessary. Free. Family Friendly.

For further information call 843/248-3558, or visit (www.conwayglass.com).

The Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting Held at the Gallery in Mint Hill, NC, Offers Talk by Sandra Smith on Jewelry – Nov. 28, 2017

October 30, 2017

“What’s In Your Jewelry Box?” A journey exploring the value of costume jewelry will be the topic of the November Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting. Sandra Smith, award winning jewelsmith, will present information to help you determine if there are valuable pieces of costume jewelry hiding in your collection. On display will be costume jewelry that spans a 95-year period with items made in over ten countries.

The presentation will be held from 7:00 – 8:30pm on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the gallery at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC. There will be a drawing for an item of Sandra’s handcrafted jewelry at the conclusion of the program.

For further info call 980/226-5532 or visit (www.minthillarts.org).

2nd Sunday on King Street in Charleston, SC, Offers a Celebration of Charleston Art and Artist – Oct. 8, 2017

October 6, 2017

Join us during 2nd Sunday on King Street in Charleston, SC, as Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry presents a special celebration of Charleston’s art and artists. Enjoy music, wine, and live demonstrations on King Street between Beaufain and Hasell Streets.

Artists in attendance:

Laura Palermo (Mary Martin Gallery)

Peggy Ellis (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Sara Jane Reynolds (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Susan Colwell (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Dr. Jim Spann (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Mark Beale (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Carolyn Rue Crocker (Rick Reinert Gallery)

Tammy Papa (Edward Dare Gallery)

Patricia Madison (Edward Dare Gallery)

Linda Sacra (Edward Dare Gallery)

Kevin Harrison (Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery)

Laurie Donovan (Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery)

Kelley Andrews (Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery)

Margaret Weinberg (Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery)

Michael Corneau (Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery)

Kellie Jacobs ( Kellie Jacobs Art )

John Duncan ( Three Dimensional Art )

Austin Norwell ( Cold Glass Sculptures )

Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry and Art Gallery is located at 92 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. For further info call 843/203-6630.

STARworks in Star, NC, Presents a Hot Glass, Cold Beer Event on Sept. 14, 2017

August 31, 2017

Hot Glass Cold Beer (HGCB) returns to STARworks in Star, NC, on Sept. 14, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30pm with guest artist Amanda Patenaude.

Patenaude will lead the glassblowing demonstration. She and the STARworks Glass team will work together to create a glass raccoon.


STARworks Glass guest artist Amanda Patenaude attaches an ear to the glass raccoon she made for the February 2016 Hot Glass Cold Beer. She will create another raccoon with the assistance of the STARworks Glass team at this Hot Glass Cold Beer.

The River Wild food truck, based out of Lake Tillery, will be on site with offerings of fish tacos, burgers, fries and more.

HGCB, held on the second Thursday of every month, features beer from Four Saints Brewing Company, based in Asheboro and wine from Stony Mountain Vineyards, based in Albemarle.

All ages are invited to watch the free glassblowing demonstration. Visitors, ages 21 and older who purchase a hand-crafted STARworks drinking glass will receive a ticket for a complimentary beer or wine during the demonstration. Beer and wine may also be purchased directly at the bar.

Patenaude is a multi-media artist based out of Brooklyn, NY, where she works as a glass production manager and devotes time to her personal art practice. She uses glass and its properties to investigate issues of waste and reuse, new forms of community building and our evolving roles in the environment. Patenaude received a BFA from Illinois State University where she worked in both the glass and ceramic departments.

STARworks is a Central Park NC project. Central Park NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County. For more information, call 910/428-9001, or visit (www.StarworksNC.org).

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Features Maria Elena Ferran at Monthly Meeting – Sept. 26, 2017

August 31, 2017

Mint Hill Arts is very fortunate and honored to host at its September monthly meeting Maria Elena Ferran, one of New York’s early 80’s artists. After studying painting, photography, and design at Sweet Briar College and New York’s School of Visual Arts, she entered the New York art scene. Her abstract paintings continually express themes of the human subconscious, nature, spirituality and world events.


Work by Maria Elena Ferran

The program is free and open to the public. Mark your calendars to attend this special event on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 7 to 8:30pm, at Mint Hill Arts at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC.

Ferran will give a short talk and guided discussion, followed by guided exercises, focusing on human themes, movement, color, and expression. We will then work in mixed media including acrylics, spray paint, paper, and found materials that come together to create a large, collaborative group mural that will be donated to Mint Hill Arts.

The impulse and desire to communicate with each other has been a driving force in society from the very beginning of human history. Inspired by the cave paintings at Lascaux, “Cave Walls: Express, Empower, Transform,” this collaborative program is designed, for artists of all skill levels, to open up the creative mind, remove blocks, and empower and build expressive confidence with art materials while connecting with other participants through intuitive visual messaging. Developing a creative visual dialogue with others will help build both confidence and empathy, and foster an atmosphere of cooperation and community connection.

For further info call Carol A. Clayton at 704/968-4345 or e-mail to (Bizbrokercc@gmail.com).

Southern Highlands Craft Guild Holds Summer Crafts Fair in Asheville, NC – July 21 – 23, 2017

July 12, 2017

Entering its seventh decade this July, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands offers the public the opportunity to cultivate craft in their daily life. Presented by Asheville Color and Imaging and “Asheville Citizen-Times”, this fine craft event will return to the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at the downtown Asheville venue on Friday, July 21 at 10am and will last until Sunday, July 23 at 5pm. Transitioning to a three-day show, the Fair is bringing new, dynamic elements that celebrate the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s creative community.


Arena floor view

Design vignettes will demonstrate how one can utilize craft in both form and function for the home, and are made possible by local interior designers, architects and builders. Combining the talents of Guild makers with spacial creatives allows for building a stronger trade community. Collaborating sponsors include Alchemy Design Studio, ID.ology Interiors & Design, Rusticks, Platt Architecture, P.A., Samsel Architects, and Living Stone Design + Build. At 11:30am on Friday, visitors have the opportunity to hear more about the design process from the collaborators themselves.

Additionally, there will be more craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors. Through Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau the Buncombe County Festival and Cultural Event Support Fund this summer edition has more than ten makers showing their skills and techniques. Local Cloth will be offering hands-on fiber experiences in silk painting and shibori dyeing, as well as spinning and weaving. Several other educational demonstrators include Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center, mixed media artist John Richards, WNC Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Asheville Quilt Guild, and dyer Dede Styles.

The Fair will feature nearly 150 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. The members will fill both floors of the U.S. Cellular Center on its upstairs concourse and downstairs arena level. All exhibitors have undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild’s legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.

Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1pm Local Cloth will also be putting on a mini fashion show, “15 Minutes of Fashion,” in which models will be adorned with exhibitor’s handmade garments and jewelry. Mountain musicians, from old time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily. Since the first fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience.

The U.S. Cellular Center was a shift in landscape for this event as it first took place under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have since evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is made possible from the additional following sponsors: “The Laurel of Asheville”, “Our State Magazine”, “Smoky Mountain Living”, WLOS News 13 and “WNC Magazine”.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at its headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hours: Friday thru Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission: General ($8.00), Weekend Pass($12.00), Children Under 12 (Free)

Exhibitor Lists at (www.craftguild.org/craftfairsh).

Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Fiber Weekend – May 13-14, 2017

May 11, 2017

On Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017, the fiber community of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will gather in sharing their knowledge and skills. An open and free event to the public, Fiber Weekend is held annually at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. From 10-4pm on Saturday, more than two dozen members will be demonstrating their craft processes, with and invitation for visitors to get hands-on with all sorts of fiber. Sunday will hold the 18th annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art from 1-4pm. Southern Highland Craft Guild is proud to announce Echoview Fibermill, JB Media Group and SPC Manufacturing as sponsors of Fiber Weekend.

Generally, fiber wares and products undergo a minimum of five processes for its completion, including carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving and sewing. Due to these multiple stages, often small, specialized groups form in mastering a single process. Groups such as the Embroiderer’s Guild, Tarheels Ruggers, and The Mountain Lacers all will be showcasing these niche skills on Saturday.


Spinners from the Blue Ridge region gather at their wheels as they process fibers into yarn. Photo by Diana Gates.

“These organizations provide space for collaboration, innovation, as well as education,” says Guild Education Coordinator Deb Schillo. “Throughout history there have been groups forming around fiber, and it is certainly a testament to how important craft is in building community.”

Schillo is also the librarian and archivist at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She and regionally acclaimed weaver Barbara Miller just finished their second publication about fiber. Frances Goodrich’s “Coverlet and Counterpane Drafts” will be available to the public for purchase at the event for $45. Miller’s knowledge about fiber is extensive, and has been able to highlight how certain processes have transformed.

“When we first began to read the different dye recipes that were being used several decades ago, we had to make sure that folks did not repeat them,” says Miller. “With some asking to add lye, following with directive to taste the water for sweetness…well, we had to say, ‘don’t try this at home’!

The dye process of yarns and fabrics is often one of the more laborious parts of transforming fiber. Master dyer Dede Styles will be using many natural flora found in the Western North Carolina region.

Beginning with the source, Anthony Cole will be up on the hill shearing sheep throughout the day. Julie Wilson will also be working with different animals, such as alpacas and rabbits, in studying various fiber structures. She also will be carding and spinning. Other members will be showcasing tapestry weaving, crochet, knitting, macrame, doll making, sewing, quilting, felting, tatting, rug hooking, embroidery, lace making and more.

To see these processes in finished pieces, be sure to attend the two fashion shows on Sunday hosted by weaver Liz Spear of Waynesville. Almost two decades in production, Spear has consistently elevated the works of members with ample commentary on design and technique. There will be work from 40 Guild members, showing a total of almost 100 different outfits.

Textile arts are known for building a sense of community, and to celebrate this, the Guild invites visitors to Fiber Weekend to bring their own handwork, whether it be crochet, embroidery or spinning. Weather permitting we would like to fill the hill behind the Folk Art Center auditorium with people engaged in fiber arts. Bring a blanket and enjoy a spring afternoon of craft.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

JB Media Group is a digital marketing agency providing strategy, SEO, social media, content writing, advertising, and PR services. We help social enterprises, mission-driven companies, and nonprofits build a better world.

Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s  a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.

SPC Manufacturing Company is a contract, sewing/manufacturing company located in Eastern Tennessee that provides full service for custom products – specializing in bags, cases and containers – from design and development through prototyping, production, silk screening and packaging.

Fiber Weekend 2017, Demonstrating Makers:
Sandy Adair, tapestry weaving
Rita de Maintenon, heritage lace + crochet
Jim Gentry, macrame
Lin Oglesby, knitting + crochet
Amy Putansu, dyeing + weaving
Embroiderer’s Guild, embroidery
Charlie Patricolo, doll making
Lorraine Cathey, felting
Barbara Miller, weaving
Mary Nichols, spinning
Dede Styles, natural dyes
Connie Brown, quilting
Martine House, embroidery
Laura Gaskin, quilting + embroidery
Elizabeth Garlington, quilting
Carlson Tuttle, tatting
Tarheel Ruggers, rug hooking
The Mountain Lacers, lace making
Anthony Cole, sheep shearing

For further information contact Hannah Barry, Public Relations + Communications, Southern Highland Craft Guild, by e-mail at (hannah@craftguild.org) call 828/298-7928 x 309 or visit (www.craftguild.org).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Celebrates Traditional Arts Program for Students

March 30, 2017

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the spring 2017 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each fall and spring, ten fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School are invited to participate in the program, and learn pottery local history and skills.

Chad Brown with student

The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice.  Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artists-in-Residence Owen Laurion and Kirsten Olson, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.

“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council. “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community. Rising fifth-generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program.  I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.

The spring 2017 TAPS session will end Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017.  To celebrate our students’ hard work, a reception and exhibition of TAPS students’ pottery is planned for that day, from 2:45 until 4pm in the education building. The general public is invited to attend.

For more information, please call 336/873.8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).