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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).

HotWorks.org’s Asheville Fine Art Show in Asheville, NC, Announces Youth Art Competition Award Winners

June 23, 2017

Hot Works’ inaugural Asheville Fine Art Show held May 20 & 21 at US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC, was a positive experience for the many families who call Asheville home, along with our patrons, sponsors, and last but not least, the artists. Inclement weather on Sunday notwithstanding, the show featured 100 professional, juried artists whose work was original and personally handmade by the artist who was present at the show.

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a youth art competition for grades K-8 (or ages 5-13) is integrated into the art fair. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education (IA&E), the non-profit arm of Hot Works which focuses on visual arts, ethnic diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among young students, the Youth Art Competition is a tradition in all five of Hot Works shows. To date, more than 1,325 students have participated in this program nationwide.

The competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. It exposes young artists to the opportunity of creating his or her art for a living – doing something he/she loves to do, and most importantly, how to do it. The art show provided these students with an unmatched learning experience, and exposed families to artwork that they would not have otherwise seen. Young artists were encouraged to speak with the artists in the show – all professionals — and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career.

This year’s youth art contest included 12 student entries from eight schools; all of the youth art entries were displayed in the art fair. Alonzo Hubbard, a professional mixed media artist in the show, was the Youth Art judge. Criteria for judging the youth art was based on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards. There was $250 in cash awards provided to four young winners, along with a beautiful, colorful, two-foot-long ribbon – which is the same-size ribbon provided to the professional artist award winners.

Most of the young artists and their families attended the event on Sunday afternoon, when the winners were announced at 3pm. At the beginning of the award presentation, it was explained, “If you do not win, do not give up. Even the best artists do not get accepted into all the art shows that they want to do, nor do they win a prize at every show they participate in. If you enjoy creating art, continue doing it. Art is subjective, and if one judge does not like your work, another one might. Also, please congratulate those who do win.” As part of the presentation of awards, an explanation was provided as to why Mr. Hubbard selected each of the winning pieces –another educational experience to the students.

Lila Jones, age 6 of Isaac Dickson Elementary School, won the coveted $100 Best of Youth Art with her clay art. Below please find the Youth Art award winners:

Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
May 20 & 21, 2017
$250 Youth Art Competition Awards

One $100 Best of Youth Art:
Lila Jones, Clay, Age 6, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville

Three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence:
Lily Ortiz, Jewelry, Age 7, Claxton Elementary, Asheville
Mary Margaret Bowles, Drawing, Age 5, Pre-Kindergarten
Anya Uscocovich, Painting, Age 8, E. E. Waddell Language Academy, Charlotte

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HotWorks.org Asheville Fine Art Show
May 2018
Asheville, NC
Youth Art Competition
Grades K-8 or Ages 5-13

For further info visit (http://hotworks.org/).

The First HotWorks.org Asheville Fine Art Show, Which Took Place May 20 & 21, 2017, Announces Professional Artist Award Winners

June 23, 2017

Hot Works’ inaugural Asheville Fine Art Show held May 20 & 21, 2017, at the US Cellular Center brought 100 artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. This fine art and fine craft show was juried by art professionals with 120+ years combined art education and/or art show experience and brought many artists to Asheville for their very first time. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artists who participated in the show. There was something for everyone, in all price ranges.

The Asheville Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, a professionally produced fine art fair with an outstanding national reputation for producing top-notch art shows. Hot Works has four other established quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Estero and Boca Raton, Florida and West Bloomfield, Michigan – all voted top 100 art shows in the nation. Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501(c)3 non-profit organization 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, the Youth Art Competition for students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 was integrated into the art fair. This year included 12 entries from 8 schools. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, there were four prizes with $250 in Youth Art awards. This program exposes students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living, which is creating their art. It also brings families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended, and exposes them to great art.

In order to recognize exceptionally talented artists in the show, there were seventeen Professional Artist Awards. Mark Forman, a retired art educator and artist with 60+ years of art education and/or art fair experience was the selected “Artist Judge”. Forman traveled from Boca Raton to judge this art show. On Saturday, he judged the artists, with criteria centered on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team distributed the awards. Included were:
· Mark Forman, Artist Judge
· Cecil Bothwell, Council Member, City of Asheville
· Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Asheville Fine Art Show

Each of the 17 winning artists, who travelled to Asheville from eleven different states, were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art fair. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Councilman Bothwell, who took the time to attend the art show and be there to distribute prizes and to congratulate the winning artists in the show. On behalf of Hot Works and the artists in the show, we are very grateful to have had Councilman Bothwell present at the show, and look forward to returning to Asheville for many more years to come.

2017 Asheville Fine Art Show Professional Artist award winners were:

Two $500 Best of Show Awards:
Brian Moroney, Sculpture, Westminster, SC
Carrie Pearce, Painting, Peoria, IL

Five $100 Awards of Excellence:
Lynn Harrisberger, Jewelry, Virginia Beach, VA
Lisa Le Mair, Jewelry, Southern Shores, NC
John Sterling, Wood, Millmont, PA
Mia Tyson, Fiber, Tega Cay, SC
Mark Whitley, Sculpture, Smiths Grove, KY

Ten Awards of Distinction (non-monetary):
Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN
Nancy Green, Clay, Watkinsville, GA
Beverly Hayden, Mixed Media, Chattanooga, TN
Gary Keener & Mark Schultz, Wood, New Carlisle, OH
Julie Merrill, Jewelry, Asheville, NC
Kipley Meyer, Mixed Media, Madison, GA
James Pearce, Wood, Peoria, IL
Lynn Saad, Fiber, Holland, OH
David Talley, Wood, Tenants Harbor, ME
Verna Witt, Clay, Waxhaw, NC

For further info visit (http://hotworks.org/).

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.

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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).

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).