Back for a 16th iteration by popular demand, The Big Crafty showcases the “surprising, innovative, well-wrought and often playful” handiwork of 75 artists, according to organizer Brandy Bourne. “We take into consideration the social aspect of the event and look for work that will spark conversation and delight,” she says, noting a mission to promote Asheville’s DIY scene. In keeping with that theme, Short Street Cakes, Highland Brewing Co. and French Broad Brewery will provide refreshments while DJ Whitney Shroyer spins. The free biannual festival is at Pack Place (weather permitting) and Asheville Art Museum Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. For a less bustling experience, try VIP admission ($10) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or check out a prefestival showcase with live demos at neighboring businesses Woolly Press and 7 Ton Design and Letterpress Co., Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. thebigcrafty.com. Photo courtesy of The Big Crafty
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