Holiday sales at the Folk Art Center, Dec. 1 and 8

Jude Stuecker's hand-dyed and hand-printed fiber wearables, paired with jewelry by Erica Stankwych Bailey

Press release from the Folk Art Center:

Returning this year for holiday shopping is the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s annual holiday sales. The first two Saturdays of December, members of the Guild will be selling their fine crafts at the Folk Art Center from 10am to 4pm. This opportunity allows shoppers to purchase handmade items for their friends and loved ones with rare deals. Each year creatives of the Southern Highland Craft Guild liquidate overstocks and annual inventory at the Guild Holiday Makers Sale. Members will be on hand in the center’s auditorium selling select work 10-50% off retail, with a separate group exhibiting each weekend. This allows a range in goods and designs for the public to shop from the Guild.

A highly desirable market for makers, this sale provides them the chance to cycle out remaining 2018 product to begin the new year with a fresh start. This allows many creatives to try out new techniques, and begin their annual production process. For the customer, the sale means great deals for holiday shopping and a chance to connect with the craftspeople. It also provides an exciting, festive alternative to mall and big box import shopping. Choose from a variety of gift items including ceramic tableware, fine jewelry, hand-woven and dyed wearables, bound journals and etched cards, blown vases and ornaments, turned wooden bowls and more. Buying from artisans supports the local economy and promotes the Guild’s mission to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.

Nearly 70 members will be participating over the course of the two sales, with a different group each weekend – so plan on coming to both for best selection!

While at the Folk Art Center, do not miss the Focus Gallery show, “The Golden Fleece” and the Main Gallery exhibition featuring the WNC Chapter of ABANA. Visitors will also want to shop at the main craft shop, where they will find premier gifts for everyone on their list, and a variety of handmade holiday decorations from Christmas tree ornaments to wreaths and table arrangements.

The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville, just north of the Hwy 70. For more information, call 298-7928 or visit

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