The past few months have yielded many “firsts” for Western North Carolina organizations with long-standing traditions as they pivot to digital offerings. Perhaps none of these changes is more significant than that of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, whose 73-year tradition of hosting the beloved Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands goes virtual Thursday, July 16-Sunday, July 19. The online event allows visitors to explore works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, wood, jewelry and more through virtual “booths,” where they can shop, view videos of craft demonstrations and interact with artists in their studios via livestreams. There will also be a raffle drawing, with all proceeds going toward the guild’s education department. Free to “attend.” craftguild.org/craftfair. Photo of work by Berea College students courtesy of Southern Highland Craft Guild
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