The inaugural Open Streets Asheville brought residents and visitors into the streets to enjoy downtown in a new way. With Battery Park Avenue, Wall Street and portions of Haywood Street, Patton Avenue and Church Street closed to automotive traffic, folks did art projects, movement-based activities, listened to buskers and relaxed with yoga and massage.
Yarn aficionados will be out in force this weekend for the Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl. With 11 locally owned yarn shops participating, knitters, crocheters and weavers likely will find everything they’re looking for. In preparation for the event, Purl’s Yarn Emporium owner Elizabeth Schell was out on Wall Street in downtown Asheville on Monday […]
Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in a red suit? Here’s where to do all of those things. For more ideas, visit the Community Calendar and mountainx.com. • The Asheville Holiday Parade rolls […]
“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 […]
As Sunday, Aug. 24, approaches, don’t be alarmed if you see two people at Pack Square Park taking tape measures to sidewalks and other structures. It’s just Big Love Festival co-organizers Brandy Bourne and Justin Rabuck ensuring that their event is meeting safety and venue guidelines. Now in its fourth year, Big Love evolved out of […]
“When we pass by people on the river they’re like, ‘Wow, I’ve never even seen anything like that,” says Will Evert, co-founder of French Broad Boatworks. He’s talking about a new line of high-end, wooden drift boats that he and his business partner, Jason Brownlee, have started handcrafting at their Asheville shop.
Mountain Xpress presents your guide to the 2013 Lake Eden Arts Festival running from Thursday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Art, vision and business go hand in hand in Western North Carolina’s craft industry.
Apples, apple cider, apple beignets, apple fries, apple chips, apple bread, apple ice cream, caramel apples, apple slushies — yes, it’s that time of year again. The 67th annual Apple Festival is underway in Hendersonville, featuring Henderson County’s finest apple farmers and their innovative, thematic products. Check out a gallery of the festivities.
Even in this lull between full-on summer and the pre-autumn of Labor Day, the craft scene hasn’t slowed down. A number of arts and crafts fairs line the calendar, along with a special quilt show and a fiber sale.
Want to learn a new skill or hone a talent? Find a local craft class or join a crafting group.
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design has bought the Lark Books building on Broadway Street. What will the move mean for the local arts scene? (Photo by Max Cooper)
Even if this is the final Bele Chere, the arts, crafts and wares for sale are as good as ever. Shop on Haywood and College Streets; Patton, Battery Park and Biltmore Avenues; and in the Art Park on Patton Avenue.
Six western North Carolina nonprofits are among 28 state organizations that will share $5.85 million in grants from the N.C. Community Development Initiative over the next three years aiming to spark economic growth and job creation in some of the state’s most distressed areas.
Don’t forget the mega craft fair and social event this Sunday.
WNC artisans are harnessing the power of the Internet to expand their brands and peddle their wares worldwide.
Western North Carolina is no stranger to the craft biz: We have more crafters per capita than almost any other region in the country, and an Appalachian tradition that pairs creativity with hard work. But how does that passion for crafts translate into good business practices? Regional nonprofit Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs provides a helping hand.
After 23 years making a living as a jewelry artist, Tamala Wells still doesn’t see herself pursuing any other career.
Attention crafters and designers! Those of you working within 100 miles of Asheville are invited to submit work for a handmade fashion show, slated to take place this fall. The deadline to enter is July 15.
From jewelry to pottery, jams to woolen creations, arts and crafts markets across the region are bursting with gift ideas.
Amelia Hamilton, the creator of “mugmonsters,” with some of her creations at the Vance Elementary School’s annual holiday craft sale. The sale benefits the school’s parent-teacher organization.