HOME GOODS: Owners of Asheville's many small but sweet historic bungalows can find antique and reproduction furnishings at the annual National Arts & Crafts Conference, now in its 28th year. Photo by Ray Stubblebine

Décorum: What the Arts & Crafts Conference offers to locals and their homes

The DIY aesthetic is not just a product of indie craft shows. Asheville residents, always in close proximity to mountain handicrafts, were primed for the Arts and Crafts movement more than a century ago. That trend toward quality and craftsmanship came about in response to the industrialization that gripped the end of the Victorian era. […]

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Vandercook­ed Poetry Nights celebrate the intersecti­on of art and writing

If athletics and poetry seem like strange bedfellows, then you haven’t read Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s sports desk columns for The Best American Poetry blog. “Two days later it still feels awfully good to think about that game,” she wrote after the 2010 Super Bowl (New Orleans won). “And yet, like the jambalaya I made on Sunday, […]

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Smart bets: Dynamic Narratives exhibit

“Clay is the only medium that uses every element: fire, water, air and earth,” according to Tennessee artist Cindy Billingsley. “It is meant to be touched by the heart, the eyes and the hands.” Billingsley, a pioneering force behind Women Ceramics Sculptors art collective, curated 12 members’ artwork for inclusion in a collaborative Dynamic Narratives […]

FILLING STATION: “A lot of functional crafts pair well with locally made food products, like a serving board and a pizza kit,” says Lindsey Mudge. Find both at the Cool Craft Market. Photo courtesy of Babula Pottery

Cool Craft Market at HandMade in America

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it’s all about mindfully deciding where to spend holiday dollars,” says Lindsey Mudge, communications and operations manager of HandMade in America. She’s talking about the nonprofit organization’s annual Cool Craft Market — an indoor shopping experience featuring more than 40 vendors of crafts (think […]

Ariel Gallery hosts people during the last Friday Art Walk of the season. The open houses resume in April.

In photos: Downtown Art Walk has plenty to show as season concludes

At Artetude Gallery on Patton Ave., artist Leonid Siveriver blends mediums with his piece, “Motion.” Siveriver displayed a variety of pieces Dec. 5 during the last First Friday Art Walk of the season. (The gallery crawl series resumes again in April.) He said the idea of “Motion” came from photography — it’s a bronze casting of […]

NICE RIDE: Handmade bikes by Capricorn Bicycles are a new addition to the Marshall Handmade market. Photo courtesy of the bike company

Hand-built bikes are a new addition to Marshall Handmade Market’s repertoire of craft

“Buy local, buy slow,” is a holiday tip from the organizers of the Marshall Handmade Market. The annual event offers locally produced wares that are made “through slow, labor-intensive processes in studios, barns and backrooms across the region.” It is a chance to purchase finely crafted objects, while also slowing the holiday shopping race to […]

From left to right, local glass-blowing guru Ethan Murray and business owner Doug Landgraf are partnering to make Instant Karma a glass collector's haven. Photo by Libby Gamble

Instant Karma’s gonna get you

After nearly two decades of ownership by Debra Wells, Instant Karma, a 60s, hippie culture-inspired accessories shop on Lexington Avenue, is undergoing a transformation. New proprietor Doug Landgraf purchased the retail store several months ago and has been managing operations and reorganizing the space ever since. BETTER GET YOURSELF TOGETHER “Our big goal is to […]

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Smart bets: Weavervill­e Art Safari

Founded in 2001 by artist Lelia Canter, the Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided art studio tour that “provides the exclusive opportunity to delve into the thriving artist enclave located in Weaverville and Barnardsville.” Some 47 local artists will participate in the biannual crawl this fall, showcasing handmade artwork from a multitude of craft […]

FIBER FIX: Lisa Klakulak leads a three-day workshop on nuno, which involves combining wool fiber with different kinds of prewoven fabrics. The class is part of this year's Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair held at the WNC Ag Center. Photo by Michael Mauney

Asheville artist teaches three-day workshop at Southeaste­rn Animal Fiber Fair

“I live in downtown Asheville. I don’t have sheep,” says local artist Lisa Klakulak. “I don’t know that much about animals.” But she does know about the fiber culled from livestock, since that’s the medium in which she works. And that’s why Klakulak looks forward to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair — three days of […]