Press release from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area:
A new exhibit highlighting craft artists, galleries and sites on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails in far Western North Carolina opens on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Beal Center in the Historic Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville, North Carolina.
Entitled Find Craft in the Far West, the exhibit consists of six panels depicting craft sites in eight Western North Carolina towns, including Hayesville, Brasstown and Murphy. Located at 25 Herbert Street in Hayesville, the Beal Center is currently open to the public Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visitors may make an appointment by calling 828-415-1623.
“We are excited to partner with the Beal Center in Hayesville to host this exhibit,” said Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “There are many wonderful craft artists and galleries in the far west region of North Carolina. We hope the exhibit will encourage the public to visit these outstanding artisans and learn more about their beautiful work and their impact on our communities.”
The Blue Ridge Craft Trails initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area aims to increase income for craft artists and businesses, enhance cultural tourism, and improve economic opportunity for 25 Western North Carolina counties.
The exhibit is made possible through a partnership between North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Appalachian Regional Commission, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.