Smart Bets: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

The twice-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands (which “began in 1948 as a way to provide a regional market for the mountain craftspeople,” according to press) returns to the U.S. Cellular Center with a long weekend's worth of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry. Almost 200 juried artists will show and sell works, whose styles represent both traditional and contemporary techniques. The exhibition also includes demonstrations: Sam Johnson will create bamboo fly rods and George McCollum will weave splints into a white oak basket. Look for demos on sunprinting, blacksmithing, mixed media assemblage and much more. Live music performances take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday. On the roster: Carol Rifkin and Paul’s Creek play traditional mountain music, Buncombe Turnpike showcases original songwriting and The Moore Brothers Band flaunts its bluegrass and gospel chops. The Fair runs Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults; children under 12 free. http://www.southernhighlandguild.org. Photo of Kaleidoscopes by Marc Tickle, courtesy of Southern Highland Craft Guild

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