The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held at the Asheville, North Carolina Civic Center in July and October with exhibits from more than 200 artists filling two floors with fine handcrafted items. The fairs, a local tradition since 1948, showcase the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and also feature craft demonstrations and live regional music.
Members of the Craft Guild must pass a rigorous jury process to become part of the organization. Membership is open to artists who live in the mountain counties of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, the Carolinas, Tennessee, & Virginia. Their artistry includes works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood, and jewelry.
Although crafts can be found at numerous galleries, these fairs offer people the opportunity to connect with the artists by purchasing directly from them. In an age of mass production and imports, the connection to fine American craft and the individual maker is more important than ever.
The Craft Fair takes place less than a mile from the Lion & the Rose Bed & Breakfast - an easy walk with sidewalks all the way. The next fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th through Sunday, October 23rd, 2011. Click this link for details about the times, artists, and a schedule of events.
If you can't make it to the Fair, you can visit the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild any time by visiting the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway - just a 10 minute drive from The Lion & the Rose. The Center was originally located in downtown Asheville in 1917 and is the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the country.
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