There is something comfortingly familiar about Ali Douglass’ whimsical illustrations and paintings. It might be the eye-pleasing color combinations, charming characters and quirky cityscapes and scenes — or it might actually be that you’ve seen them before. Douglass has been illustrating for countless magazines and newspapers — including Seventeen, Martha Stewart, Glamour and The New […]
If you haven’t stopped into Horse + Hero yet, here’s your written invitation. The art, craft and gallery space located at 14 Patton Ave. holds a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 19. Horse + Hero is the brick-and-mortar retail space of The Big Crafty, The Big Day and Big Love founders Justin Rabuck and […]
Go local and bolster your DIY cred at the same time at The Big Crafty. There, artists and makers of all kinds will convene in downtown Asheville and sell their one-of-a-kind, handmade wares. “Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun,” say the […]
Although the term “canoe” usually conjures images of river veneers and summer camp activities, in the case of fiber artist Krista Allison, the homophone Canoo equals soft toys from felted wool sweaters. “She now finds herself experimenting with other possibilities of the felting process, including shibori, machine stitching and hand embroidery … making vessels, wall […]
Horse and Hero opened on Friday, June 13, next to Farm Burger, offering a new spot downtown to find unique indie arts and crafts and get to know local designers. A spinoff and sophisticated extension of the well-known community craft bazaar, The Big Crafty, the Horse and Hero is a “downtown showcase for boundary-pushing art and […]
If you’re looking to learn how to make your own bow and arrow, weave a belt or carve a wooden spoon, the Firefly Gathering is the place to be. But organizers say this festival isn’t just for getting barefoot and singing by the campfire — it’s also a response to problems in our society and environment.
“The foundation for my work lies within the understanding of primordial forms and their purpose throughout history,” says glass artist Chad Holliday. He creates contemporary glass sculpture to communicate these timeless shapes, many of which are derived from European architecture and gothic cathedrals. Along with his solo exhibition, titled Primordial Forms, at the Bender Gallery, […]
“My art combines elements and sources to capture the essence of things that endure, things that last, ancient voices that speak to our hearts in modern times,” says Indianapolis-based wood artist Clay Foster. His fine-art wood sculptures will be displayed alongside local artist Brad Stroman’s contemporary realist paintings in an exhibition titled Ancient Voices. Stroman […]
Never underestimate what a few talented women can do. Mars Hill University’s Rural Life Museum’s exhibit and guided tour, “Interwoven: Coverlets, Ballads and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife,” explores cottage industries and the history of female independence.
Letterpress printing thriving in Asheville The letterpress may be more than 5 centuries old, but in Asheville, this antique printing method is downright thriving. Still, it wasn’t always this way. Lance Wille, the founder of Hand-Cranked Letterpress Co., has watched the proliferation of letterpress artists here over the last decade. Wille started printing music […]
Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center includes demonstrations, hands-on activities and a wearable art fashion show take place Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11.
Rhetorical Factory, a recycled clothing company, will be opening its flagship store at 444 Haywood Road, in West Asheville, on Tuesday, April 29.
Get to know Asheville’s artistic neighbors to the north at the Weaverville Art Safari, a self-guided tour through 40 local and nationally known artists’ studios and galleries. “Weaverville is so fortunate to have so much talent,” says Cindy Ireland, Weaverville Art Safari chairperson. “Our hardworking artists not only thrive on the creative process, but we […]
Will mobile boutiques be the next big local shopping trend? Celeste Adams, owner of Asheville’s first fashion accessories shop on wheels, hopes so. The grand opening of her Betties Mobile Boutique is Sunday May 4 at the Double Crown in West Asheville. Adams plans to operate the shop out of a 1972 Travelaire camper at various locations around town.
From a press release: Ceramics and art sale at UNC Asheville, April 25 & 26 UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4–7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen […]
The first day’s attendance seemed to overwhelm the WNC Ag Center, though that may not be surprising. The event is a homecoming of sorts: The Mother Earth News has roots in Henderson County in the ’70s where it operated a 600-acre Eco Village.
The many facets of N.C.-based chamber-pop project Fan Modine. That band plays The Mothlight, with Brazilian psych-pop outfit Boogarins and local folk-rockers Warm the Bell, on Saturday, April 5.
Learn about the pottery, rugs, artwork, jewelry and textiles created during the Arts and Crafts movement, which flourished between 1860 and 1910. The antiques show is held at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Friday-Sunday.
From cute to classic and sweet to ironic, we want to know about your favorite seasonal craft projects. Do you make your own wreath? Cover your tree in bottle-cap ornaments? Make homemade soap as gifts? Let us know!
Fletcher artisan Scott Waldrop crafts balsamic vinegar in the footprints of his wine-making ancestors. And what he produces … is worth waiting for.
As part of our Oct. 2 Craft Issue, we asked local craft artists to describe their recent work. Here are a few that we featured in the print edition: Ray Jones, Tom Shields, Lesley Keeble, Ed Beyers and Holden McCurry, Rebecca Kempson and Gertrude Graham Smith