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Southern Highland Craft Guild Offers Arts Education at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC – Apr. 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

Makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are preparing for the launch of their 2017 special event programming at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, with the second annual Glass and Metal Day. On Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, nearly fifteen Guild members will showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal in the auditorium of the Center. From 10am to 4pm, these masters will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and many other manipulation processes. As a non-profit organization, the Guild provides experiential learning opportunities for the public to cultivate awareness of both handmade and craft.


Michael Hatch in his furnace in Weaverville working on a vase. Photo by Sarah Carballo.

Long-time member Blenko Glass Company will be participating this year with special appearance of Walter Blenko himself, current President of the company. The founder’s grandson will be located in the Folk Art Center’s lobby at the entrance of the auditorium to sign pieces made from Blenko. Patrons and customers are invited to bring their pieces from home to have him etch the glass from 10-4pm. Located in Milton, West Virginia, Blenko Glass Company has been in business since 1893.

Member Ruthie Cohen will be one of several jewelers working with precious metals as she bezels and forges them into fine adornments. Cohen is an advocate of craft education as teaches at her Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary in Arden.


Jewelry by Erica Stankwych Bailey. She uses various techniques to forge unique collections for all.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch and learn more about two of the original craft media. Glassblower Michael Hatch of Crucible Glassworks will be using a small kiln to exhibit the quick thought process of blown glass. While Laurie Young and Christian Arnold of Australian Art Glass will demonstrate fusing and torching glass into ornate, decorative pieces.

The Guild’s education series of events are a significant channel that members use to explain their creative process. Providing craft consumers with knowledge and the story behind their investment is an equally important part of the Guild’s mission to the buying public.

For a complete list of artists participating in Glass & Metal Day, and to learn more about Southern Highland Craft Guild programs at the Folk Art Center call 828/298-7928 or visit (www.craftguild.org).

Admission to Glass & Metal Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.

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.

Glass & Metal Day 2017, demonstrating artists include:

Erica Bailey, jewelry
Amy Brandenburg, jewelry
Ruthie Cohen & David Alberts, jewelry
Rachelle Davis, jewelry
Michael Hatch, glass blowing
Cecile Keith, metalsmithing
Greg Magruder, stained glass
Jay Pfeil, copper etching
Lyle Wheeler, blacksmithing
Christian Arnold, blown glass
Laurie Young, blown glass
Cheryl Stippich, stained glass
Blenko Glass, glass signing

Hot Works™ Calls for Participation in Its Asheville Fine Art Show™in Asheville, NC, – Deadline April 25, 2017

February 27, 2017

Join us for Hot Works™Asheville Fine Art Show™at US Cellular Center (formerly Civic Center), May 20 & 21, 2017. Up to 150 juried fine art and fine crafts from around the nation will be selling their original and personally handmade art in all forms of discipline. Paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, fiber and more will be for sale to the public. There is something for everyone, in all price ranges.

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Hot Works was established in 2003 and since has gained a national standing reputation for producing four of the top 100 art shows in the nation including downtown Boca Raton, FL; Estero, FL (between Naples and Fort Myers) and its flagship show, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® in West Bloomfield, Michigan. This is the same quality of art that we will be bringing to Asheville.

Institute for the Arts & Education is the 501(c3) non-profit arm which focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Youth Art Competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-13 encourages students to enter his/her original and personally handmade art to be publicly displayed at the art show the entire weekend.

Students from Asheville and the surrounding communities are allotted an opportunity to step out into the professional art world, as all entries will be on display at one of the top-rated and most respected art shows in the nation. There is $250 in youth art awards which criteria will be judged on originality and technique/execution of work. Each winner will also receive a beautiful, two-foot long ribbon – which is the same size gorgeous ribbon that the professional winning artists receive.

Patty Narozny, Producer and Executive Director of Hot Works™ and President of Institute for the Arts & Education™, understands the importance of motivating and inspiring the upcoming generation of artists from all socio-economic backgrounds communities where Hot Works shows take place. Pioneering this movement, Narozny and her team at IA&E continue to give back to the art world by kindling the creative sparks of our young artists and exposing them to the entrepreneurship of creating art for a living.

Applications for Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show Youth Competition can be found at (http://hotworks.org/artist-applications/). The cost is $3 per entry, with a maximum of two entries per student. Applications must be postmarked by April 25, 2017; please mail to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL, 34230.

On Friday, May 19, the student art is to be delivered to the show site. At that time, two complimentary entry tickets will be provided complimentary to the parents of participating artists. Children age 13 & under are free. The award ceremony will be held Sunday, May 21 at 3pm. In addition to promoting youth art development, this program brings families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended. If you would like to partner with the Institute for the Arts & Education, please contact Patricia Narozny at 941/755-3088.

For more info visit (www.hotworks.org).

Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Rebrands Its Image

December 23, 2016

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After undergoing an extensive eight-month rebranding process, Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, has released a new logo and supporting messaging. The 86-year-old nonprofit organization boasts over 850 members from 293 counties that span the mountains from Maryland to Alabama. In April 2016, the organization employed consultants Lisa and Dean Peteet of local firm Atlas Branding as co-collaborators in a much desired evolution.

The main focus of this initiative was to re-align the organization with its values by putting infrastructures in place to continue its sustainability in the marketplace, growing membership and attracting new members of all generations.

“We wanted to make sure we’re here for another eight decades and we’re putting policies in place to do so,” says Hannah Barry, Director of Public Relations and Technology.

The Guild’s new look will roll out over several months through the organization’s website, signage, advertising, and brochures. Starting in 2017, there will be a push towards membership recruitment to invite makers and educational centers to utilize the creative benefits and opportunities of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Membership in the Guild is open to makers in eleven different craft media; clay, glass, wood, fiber, metal, leather, natural materials, paper, jewelry, manmade materials, and mixed media. An updated mission statement clearly defines the Guild’s relevance to the creative community today: Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

“This process has been very constructive for the Guild as we continue to seek growth and success for our members and organization,” says Executive Director Tom Bailey. Being an Asheville native, Bailey has seen first-hand the impact of craft and art on the community and its rise within Appalachia. “We certainly have enjoyed the arrival of new artists and businesses here, and it’s pushed us to have integral conversations for building our future.”

Though the organization will keep its name, the four retail shops will change their names to align with the Guild brand; Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild on Tunnel Road, and Southern Highland Craft Guild at Moses Cone Manor.

“One of the essential goals from this initiative is to build a unified and clear identity for all locations and activities of Southern Highland Craft Guild,” says Barry. “With such a mature organization, it’s not surprising that time has produced brand creep.”

The key feature of the rebranding is a new logo, which incorporates historical imagery to highlight the unique story of the Guild’s inception. A cabin among the pines in is where founder Frances Goodrich established Allanstand Cottage Industries in 1899. A Presbyterian missionary, Goodrich had come south to work with mountain folk and discovered women weaving coverlets. Inspired by their skill, she encouraged crafts production as an economic opportunity for the women. Prior to its official formation, Southern Highland Craft Guild opened its first shop in 1902 in Madison County. As tourism increased, Goodrich relocated the retail space to downtown Asheville on Haywood Road in 1908. It remained the main presence of craft retail in Asheville for nearly seven decades. In 1980, the Southern Highland Craft Guild moved the store and its headquarters to the newly built Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

During its history, the organization has operated a total of sixteen retail spaces throughout the Southern Highlands. Today, it has three shops in Asheville, as well as another in Blowing Rock at the Moses Cone Manor. The Guild also hosts two Craft Fairs of the Southern Highlands at the U.S. Cellular Center in July and October.

Southern Highland Craft Guild has always operated as a support network for makers to utilize in furthering their businesses, while also promoting their work and creativity to buyers throughout the region.

There have been seven iterations of a logo since the Guild’s formation in the early 1900s. All but one incorporated a cabin structure, symbolizing the original Allanstand Cottage Industries in the mountains of Madison County. The last time the Southern Highland Craft Guild updated a logo was in 1997.

“As Asheville’s craft industry has exploded in the past decade, we at the Guild found ourselves having conversations about the shifting landscape for our business,” says current Southern Highland Craft Guild Board President Lynn Jenkins. “We felt that it was time for a deeper look into the community. Our operations have been Asheville-centric for many years, and we have felt the pressures of market saturation.”

With its large territory and lengthy operation, the Guild has embraced many challenges and changes. From the impact of technology to the economic crises, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has survived and thrived at the helm of the fine craft scene in the United States.

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

For further information contact Hannah Barry by calling 828/298-7928 x 309 or e-mail to (hannah@craftguild.org).

Hot Works Presents 1st annual Asheville Fine Art Show and Fine Craft Show on May 20 & 21, 2017, at the US Cellular Center, in Downtown Asheville, NC – Deadline Dec. 7, 2016

October 28, 2016

Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The vast 19th-century Biltmore estate displays artwork by masters like Renoir. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, you’ll find former factory buildings which house artists’ studios.

Asheville is, by far, North Carolina’s most affluent and sophisticated art-buying and art-loving audience, All four of Hot Works’ other shows in Florida and Michigan are voted top 100 art shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine and/or AFSB. Hot Works is the same company that produced the Charlotte Fine Art Show in North Carolina for six years, between 2008 and 2013. At Hot Works, our philosophy is to put the money into advertising and marketing to benefit all of the artists in the show.

That said, we understand the importance of awards to recognize great talent in the show, but more importantly, our gorgeous award ribbons help sell artist’s work. There is $1,500 in professional artist awards: Two Best of Show – $500 cash awards; Five Awards of Excellence – $100 cash awards; and Ten Awards of Distinction – non-monetary.

Professional artist applications will be accepted Via Zapp at (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5105). Deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2016.

Hot Works Executive Producer Patty Narozny has a loyal artist following because: She works hard to keep out the buy/sell – and does the research to keep it out; She knows how to work the media, and brings in cultivated patrons with money to purchase high-end art; Patty’s unique brand of marketing with Hot Works has consistent, proven success; Patty respects and always does her best to do what’s right for the artists and for the art fair industry; Patty has 30+ years’ experience as a successful event and media producer and the know-how to connect artists with art-buying audiences; Each artist’s booth sign states emphatically, “All work in this booth is personally handmade by…”.

No stages or pulsating music!  Music is low key so you don’t have to shout to sell your art.

US Cellular Center provides: A renovated facility that is well attended for a variety of events throughout the year; An indoor facility where “weather” is controlled and always pleasant; and A location where patrons come specifically to purchase art.

Deadline: December 7; notifications by December 17

Rent includes 8’ white pipe and drape to separate space between booths plus a pole to go across the top front of your booth to hang lights, if needed.

Absolutely no more than 180 artists (or less).

Institute for the Arts & Education is the 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on visual arts, ethnic diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth.

If your first priority is sales, then Hot Works shows are for you. We do have cash awards, but we spend proportionately much more money to get qualified art-show buying patrons to attend the event to benefit all artists in the show.

Except for Asheville, NC – our brand new show in 2017 – all of Hot Works shows are voted top 100 in the nation – they include: 18th & 19th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Shows, November 19 & 20, 2016 and January 7 & 8, 2017, Miromar Design Center, Estero, FL – outdoors; 8th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show, January 28 & 29, 2017, Downtown Boca Raton, FL; and 15th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, July 29 & 30, 2017, West Bloomfield, Michigan – outdoors.

Voted top 100 in America by Sunshine Artist – the last 10 years!

Interested?  Please contact Executive Producer Patty Narozny by e-mail at (patty@hotworks.org) or call 248/684-2613 or 941/755-3088.

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Prepares for Closing During Its Expansion

October 28, 2016

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In December, 2016, the Museum is excited to be opening Asheville Art Museum On the Slope, a small pop-up Museum at 175 Biltmore Avenue (the old Foam & Fabric building), which will house a gift shop, a rotating intimate exhibition gallery and an education studio. It will also serve as the temporary offices for Museum staff.

As the Museum begins this time of transition, it will continue an active schedule of programming for all ages off-site with community partners across WNC.  The Museum is pleased to be working with a few organizations that will store its Permanent Collection in secure and climate-controlled environments. In addition, the Museum is collaborating with a number of community partners such as Western Carolina University, the State Employees’ Credit Union and Wells Fargo to present works on view to the public during the construction phase. Programs for children will continue at local public libraries, as well as On the Slope.

As it undergoes construction and presents programs with partners in the community, the Museum will be posting updated information at (ashevilleart.org), as well as on its Facebook page.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (www.ashevilleart.org).

Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, Present’s the 36th Annual Heritage Weekend of the Southern Highland Craft Guild – Sept. 27 & 18, 2016

August 29, 2016

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The 36th Annual Heritage Weekend will be held on Sept. 17 and 18, 2016, at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC. This free celebration of mountain heritage is sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features traditional crafts accompanied by music and dancing.

A highlight of the weekend is the 36th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday afternoon, from 2-3pm. A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy traditionally made from two sticks of rhododendron. Notches are carved into one stick and a propeller is attached to the end. Rubbing the notches with the second stick makes the propeller spin. Can you get it to gee (spin to the right) and haw (spin to the left)?

During the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition contestants are judged on the number of rotations between gee and haw they can complete during a given time. They may be asked to switch hands or whimmy diddle behind their back. All ages may compete with trophies given for best child, adult, and professional. Winners receive a Moon Pie, a t-shirt, and bragging rights.

On going demonstrations will include traditional woodworking with traditional tools, weaving, spinning, dyeing, broom making, stone carving, and print making. Visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at some of the crafts and an activity table will encourage young people to create.

On Saturday, Anthony Cole will be on hand to demonstrate sheep shearing throughout the day, and on Sunday, Joe Parham will bring animals to demonstrate how he trains dogs to work with sheep at 1pm and 3pm. A music stage will provide further entertainment with blue grass and gospel music. Local cloggers will demonstrate the energy and fancy footwork that goes into the mountain dance tradition. A quality lunch will be available from Farmhouse BBQ, selling delicious barbecue and tasty side dishes.

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center is the ideal place for Heritage Weekend with free parking and a grassy area for picnics and relaxation. Spend an early autumn weekend in Western North Carolina honoring and learning about the crafts of yesteryear. Tour the Folk Art Center and take a walk through the woods.

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Stone carver Colleen works on a fresh marble slab.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit 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.

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Music from regional bands like Buncombe Turnpike will be performing throughout the weekend.

For more information, including a list of participating craftspeople and musicians, call 828/298-7928 or visit (www.craftguild.org/heritageweekend).

Asheville Art Museum Receives Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to Re-install Permanent Collection and Produce an Accompanying Publication

July 17, 2016

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The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, a prestigious two-year American Art program grant of $375,000 to support the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the Museum’s Permanent Collection and the first catalogue of the Museum’s collection of American art, which contains nearly 4,000 objects. Scheduled for completion in spring 2018, these projects follow a complete update of the collection database and importantly they will anchor the re-opening of the New Asheville Art Museum following a major expansion and renovation. The project will result in increased accessibility to the Museum’s collections of American Art, ranging in date from the late 19th century to the present, for students, scholars and the public; enhanced collaborations and interdisciplinary interpretation; and a larger role for the Museum and its collections in Western North Carolina and the country. The grant also allows for two Luce Internships, which will provide valuable professional experience for students who are passionate about a career in the arts.

“We thank the Henry Luce Foundation for their longstanding support of scholarship and access to American Art,” said Pamela Myers, Executive Director Asheville Art Museum. “The New Museum and the New Permanent Collection installation and first Catalogue of the Collection will present extraordinary opportunities for longtime residents, newcomers and visitors to be inspired and engaged with art of America and art of the region. The Permanent Collection installation and the catalogue of the Museum’s Permanent Collection will consider multiple and sometimes intersecting narratives in American art. Both the installation and the catalogue will focus on key aspects and strengths of the Museum’s holdings in all media and will provide a narrative framework within which visitors can interact with and experience works of art. The project will be organized to convey the multifaceted historical and contemporary stories of art and culture in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia set within the broader context of American aesthetic development. The project will tell the story of our area, explore our sense of place and its relationship to and national impact on the art world.”

The Permanent Collection exhibition space will encompass approximately 4,000 square feet of new and expanded state-of-the-art galleries, which will form the core of the new Museum. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will contain several hundred pages, including color illustrations. It will highlight significant works from the Collection with entries and thematic essays by curatorial staff and members of the project team. The project team includes scholars with expertise specific to the strengths of the Collection and the interpretive plan.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through the following grant-making programs: American Art; Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs; Public Policy; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on the Museum’s Collection, upcoming exhibitions and public programs, and the progress of construction of the New Museum can be found at (www.ashevilleart.org).

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline July 11, 2016

June 20, 2016

The Asheville Gallery of Art, in its exciting new and expanded venue at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is an artists’ cooperative which exhibits original, two-dimensional works by thirty-one member artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the gallery website (www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com). Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current art resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Mon. July 11, 2016. All work must be picked up between 2-5:30pm on Tues. July 12, 2016. The gallery will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to (ashevillegalleryofart@gmail.com). The Asheville Gallery of Art is located on Patton Avenue across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest established art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.

Take a Tour of Grovewood Studios in Asheville, NC – July 16, Aug. 20 & Oct. 8, 2016

June 7, 2016

There will be 3 more opportunities in 2016 – July 16, Aug. 20 and again on Oct. 8 – to tour Grovewood Studios, a group of 9 workshops occupied by 12 artists who work across mediums, located on the historic Grovewood grounds adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Tours are free and self­-guided and will take place from 11am – 4pm on all 3 dates. We will also offer 6 tour dates in 2017.

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Chris Abell specializes in Boehm system wooden flutes, headjoints and whistles – handmade in Grenadilla and sterling silver.

Grovewood Studios and Grovewood Gallery have a rich craft history. Both are housed in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, built during 1917 – 1924 by The Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely. Remnants from this Arts & Crafts enterprise can still be found throughout Grovewood, and the buildings bear the marks of the craftspeople who worked here a lifetime ago. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country ­ worn  by US Presidents, First Ladies, movie stars, and sports figures.

For further info call 828/253-7651 or visit (www.grovewood.com).

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, Holds Benefit for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue – Aug. 20, 2016

May 18, 2016

On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, from 10am – 6pm, Grovewood Gallery will host a benefit and adoption drive for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR), a No-Kill animal rescue organization in Asheville, NC. Grovewood will donate 10% of gallery sales from the day to BWAR’s “Help Me Heal Fund” that provides care for orphaned animals with serious medical conditions, helping them recover so they can be adopted into loving homes.

During the benefit, customers can save 10% on all ceramic art, take in a craft demonstration, and enter a raffle to win a “Tubby Cat” sculpture by Bandana Yardbirds and a set of hand-thrown porcelain critter mugs by Asheville artist Laura Cooke. Visitors will also have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the Grovewood grounds from 11am – 4pm. Adoptable dogs and cats will be on location from noon – 4pm.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue was founded in 2007 to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build a No-Kill community in Asheville. As a grassroots organization, BWAR operates an adoption center that is open to the public 365 days a year – making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in their No-Kill mission.

In addition to offering services to our community including free spay/neuter assistance and a pet food pantry, their Behavioral Counseling and Youth Education programs help promote a better understanding of, and respect for, companion animals.

“There’s a reason why Brother Wolf has such a loyal following in the community,” says Ashley Van Matre, Marketing Manager at Grovewood Gallery. “They have a strong vision and a really dedicated staff as well as a wonderful group of volunteers who work tirelessly to help animals in need and to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. It’s organizations like BWAR that help make Asheville a better place to live. Many of our staff have their own rescued fur babies at home, so this partnership just seemed like a natural fit. It’s going to be a good time for a good cause, and a wonderful opportunity to support our southern strays as well as some of our local and regional makers.”

The 10,000 sq.ft. Joyce B. Cambron Adoption Center, located at 31 Glendale Avenue, is home to up to 100 dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens each day. In this clean, happy, and energetic environment, animals receive mental stimulation and exercise through a variety of enrichment programs. BWAR’s dedicated volunteers ensure that each pet receives lots of love and attention until finding his or her forever home.

To learn more about Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, or to make a donation, visit (www.bwar.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.

Grovewood’s sister gallery, Gallery of the Mountains, is located across the street inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Additional information on upcoming events and exhibitions at Grovewood Gallery can be found online at (www.grovewood.com).