The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Asheville
Craft Galleries

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Making a Home, quilt by Marijo SimpsonResources:
For a complete listing of all current exhibitions and ongoing art-related events, pick up a free copy of Mountain Xpress. The Asheville Citizen-Times also has current listings in “The Calendar” section of its Friday edition.

Mountain Xpress: A free weekly independent news, arts, and events newspaper for Western North Carolina. Excellent entertainment coverage, local commentary. P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-251-1333.

If you are seriously interested in crafts, one of the best places to start would be to pick up a copy of The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina, published by HandMade in America, at local bookstores or retail craft outlets. This is a guidebook dedicated to telling the story of the region’s craft heritage and then lets you experience it firsthand through descriptions of seven driving loops of varying lengths over 400 stops of crafts studios and galleries in Western North Carolina.

Suppliers:
Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co.: One of Asheville's two world class bead supply stores. 40 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-236-2323.

Earth Guild: World-class fiber art supply house. Looms and instructors available for lessons. 33 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28801,  828-255-7818.
Odyssey Clayworks: The source in Asheville for clay and ceramic materials and supplies. Retail outlet located in the River Arts District.  600 Riverside Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-6033.
Michaels: Arts and crafts supply store.  111A River Hills Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-299-0183, and 5 McKenna Road, Arden NC 28704, 828-684-1961.
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts: Studio school located in the River Arts District whose mission is to promote understanding, appreciation and development in the ceramic arts.  Classes, workshops and gallery. 236 Clingman Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-285-0210.



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Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center: One of Appalachia’s oldest and best-known craft shops. Sells the work of more than 200 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, 298-7928.American Folk: Contemporary Southern folk art, North Carolina wood-fired pottery, custom picture frames and a generous helping of whimsy, exuberance and inspiration.  64 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-281-2134

Appalachian Craft Center: Traditional hand-made Appalachian crafts, including pottery, heirloom quality quilts, hand blown glass and wood carvings. Two locations: 10 North Spruce St., Asheville NC 28801 and in the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 1 Thomas Wolfe Plaza, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-8499.

Ariel Gallery: A cooperative gallery featuring local artists working within a range of fine crafts, offering original works in pottery, sculpture, glass, furniture, jewelry, fiber wearables, decorative fiber and mixed media. 19 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-236-2660.

Asheville Glass Center: . 140 C Roberts Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-505-7110

Bellagio: Biltmore Village gallery that features exquisitely handcrafted jewelry and clothing. One of top craft galleries in the Asheville area. 5 Biltmore Plaza, Asheville NC 28803, 828-277-8100.

Blue: Biltmore Village gallery offering jewelry designs  in four colors of gold, plus sterling. Also works by local artists in raku, pottery, photography and glass. 1 Swan Street, Asheville NC 28803, 828-277-2583.

Candlertown Chairworks: Hand made and finished furniture in the Shaker Tradition, Primarily a chair builder, they also also have tables, beds and corner cupboards. Located in nearby Mills River, just south of Asheville. 14 Boylston Highway, Mills River NC 28742, 828-891-1010.

Fired Up Creative Lounge: Fired Up! Creative Lounge is a hands-on studio where you are the artist. Adults, teens and kids can all design and create glazed ceramics, pottery, mosaics and fused glass art and jewelry. 26 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-8181

Gallery of the Mountains: Extensive selection of fine mountain crafts by regional and national artisans. Hand-dyed and hand-painted silk vests, hand-woven coats, wraps and scarves, pottery, woodwork and jewelry. Located in the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.  290 Macon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-254-2068

Grovewood Gallery: A spacious shop displaying the work of some of the Southeast’s finest craftspeople. Highest quality innovative work on display. A must-see gallery located in the Homespun Shops next to the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville NC 28804, 828-253-7651.

Guild Crafts: Features the work of regional artists who are members of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. 930 Tunnel Rd., Asheville NC 28805, 828-298-7903.

Jewels That Dance: Exquisite handcrafted jewelry from gold, silver, diamonds and other precious gems and metals. 63 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-254‑5088.

Kress Emporium: Original crafts and art by local artists and crafters as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories. 19 Patton Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-281-2252.

Mountain Made:  Regional crafts, including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, and metal. Local books and music. Owned by nonprofit Mountain BizWorks, located in the Grove Arcade Public Market. 1 Page Ave., Suite 123, Grove Arcade Asheville, NC 28801, 828-350-0307.

New Morning Gallery : Located in Biltmore Village, New Morning Gallery is one of Asheville’s premier craft galleries. Functional and sculptural pottery, fine art glass, furniture, jewelry and other handmade objects. 7 Boston Way, Biltmore Gallery, Asheville NC 28803, 828-274-2831.

Odyssey Gallery: Located in the River District, the Odyssey Gallery features pottery and works of art in clay and ceramics by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and artist.  236 Clingman Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-285-0210.

Overstrom Studio: Original  jewelry designs by Michael Overstrom reflecting his Scandinavian heritage and contemporary Asheville influences.  35 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-258-1761.

Stuart Nye Jewelry: Hand wrought jewelry since 1933. Originator of the Dogwood Jewelry. 940 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-298-7988.

Sutherland Handweaving Studio: Handweaving studio, gallery and learning center in River Arts District. Curve Studios, 6 Riverside Drive, 28804,803-513-1814

The Updraft: Art gallery and jewelry store. 84 Walnut Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-585-2112

Woolworth Walk: Over 150 artists and artisans selling and making jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts in it's nearly 20,000 square foot air-conditioned quality display and studio space. 25 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-9234.

 

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