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Standing room only: Mother Earth News Fair draws crowds

Reporting and photos by Susan Hutchinson. Asheville got the message: “Our goal is to deliver practical, hands-on training and experience [in] renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more! So expect to get down and dirty,” organizers declared on the the Mother Earth News Fair website. The first day’s attendance seemed to […]

State of the arts (and crafts): Grove Park Inn conference celebrates Arts and Crafts ideals

Period furnishings at the Grove Park Inn. Photos by Kyle Sherard Asheville is hailed as an Art Deco capital, in the ranks with Miami for its architecture of that style. But an older, lesser-known vein of architecture and design predominates. It’s one quietly woven throughout the city and carried on in modern incarnations — Arts […]

High-class crafts

While Bele Chere seems to grow more unwieldy with each passing year, local arts baron John Cram has taken care to keep the equally esteemed (and longer-running) Village Arts and Crafts Fair tailored to a more human scale. “We really put on a quality show,” he says coolly. Now in its 26th year, the Village […]