Press release from Southern Highland Craft Guild:
The opportunity to purchase handmade for the holidays has returned to the Folk Art Center, with shopping deals for all customers. Each year makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild liquidate overstocks and annual inventory at the Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale. Occurring two Saturdays in December, the 3rd and 10th, members will be on hand in the center’s auditorium selling select work 10-50% off retail from 10 am to 4 pm. A separate group of makers will be exhibiting on the 3rd from the makers who will be there on the 10th. This allows a range in goods and designs for the public to shop from the Guild’s large membership.
The sale provides artisans a market in which they can cycle out remaining 2016 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 makers. It also provides an exciting, festive alternative to mall and big box import shopping. Choose from a variety of gift items including ceramics, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass and wood. Buying from makers supports the local economy and promotes the mission of the Guild which is bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit 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! A complete list of exhibitors is now available at www.craftguild.org/holiday-sales.
While at the Folk Art Center, do not miss the Focus Gallery show, “Mystery” opening November 22 and the Main Gallery exhibition, with work from University of North Georgia opening November 17. Visitors will also want to shop at Allanstand Craft Shop, the nation’s oldest craft gallery, 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 www.craftguild.org.