Celebrating Craft Week cover

WNC Craft Week

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Cover Design Credit:

Megan Kirby

Cover Photography Credit:

artist/blacksmith Elizabeth Brim by Robin Dryer
American Craft Week, as the name suggests, a national observance. But in Western North Carolina, where craft is knit into our heritage, Craft Week seems especially apropos. Xpress rounds up craft-related events and looks at local metalworking from small-form to large-scale public projects.


  • The Afghan Whigs play The Orange Peel

    -by Kyle Petersen
    These days ’90s alt-rock band reunions are a dime a dozen. Then again, there really wasn’t another ’90s band like The Afghan Whigs. When its major-label debut, Gentleman, dropped in…
  • Smart bets: Rural Academy Theater

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The Rural Academy Theater will “clop its way into your backyard and heart,” claims a press release by the horse-pulled production’s organizers. This year, the annual mobile mini-circus includes a…
  • Mars Hill’s Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival celebrates a folk hero

    -by Alli Marshall
    While many people wear multiple proverbial hats and dabble in more than one career, Madison County-born Bascom Lamar Lunsford epitomized that concept. A lawyer and a folklorist, the Mars Hill…
  • Smart bets: Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan

    -by Kat McReynolds
    We’ve all heard of “Dueling Banjos,” but Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are two string virtuosos who work together. Collectively, the musicians have collaborated with a brimming Rolodex of A-list…
  • Participation required: Small-form metalwork sparks connection

    -by Steph Guinan
    Metalwork is more like problem-solving than artistic expression, says Ian Henderson: “It will do exactly what you want it to: be shaped, melt at known temperatures, harden and soften predictably.”…
  • Asheville Barnaroo benefits local music projects

    -by Lea McLellan
    Asheville Barnaroo isn’t just a cleverly named music festival — it’s kind of a DIY Cinderella story. Andrew Scotchie, the frontman for blues-rock band Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats,…
  • All crafts, all the time

    -by Alli Marshall
    American Craft Week is, as the name suggests, a national celebration. But in Western North Carolina, where craft heritage is knit into our history and culture, Craft Week — Friday,…
  • Smart bets: Die Fledermaus

    -by Kat McReynolds
    “Die Fledermaus,” a libretto often rewritten and performed with local flair, will soon transform into its Asheville incarnation with the help of Asheville Lyric Opera. Set in Western North Carolina’s…
  • Form and function: Large-form metalwork makes its mark on WNC

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Asheville probably has more public sculpture than most cities of similar size — a direct result of the region’s rich arts-and-crafts heritage. For starters, there’s Passage, Albert Paley’s abstract steel…
  • Smart bets: W. Scott Poole

    -by Alli Marshall
    Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to crack open a spooky read. But W. Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America, brings us no…
  • Blue Ridge Pride Festival focuses on marriage, family and fun

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Blue Ridge Pride’s Yvonne Cook-Riley estimates that 35-40 percent of attendees at Pack Square Park for the organization’s festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, will be straight allies. That is, people…
  • Asheville buskers rally as city considers restrictions

    -by Jake Frankel
    Asheville's busking community came out in force Sept. 22 to urge city government not to place new restrictions on street performances.





  • Cop Recordings

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/01/14

    -by Xpress Staff
    Why is the APD filming protests?
  • Reflections of an Asheville counter-culture explorer

    -by Xpress Contributor
    I moved from metro D.C. to Buncombe County in 1976 as a “back-to-the-land flower child,” aspiring to off-the-grid homesteading along with my neighbors in Sandy Mush and Spring Creek. At…
  • Tipping Point

    -by Brent Brown
    Murmurs and rumors of potentially onerous metropolitan emolument costs cause buskers to cluster and abjure future censure.
  • Writer supports Miranda DeBruhl for county commissioner

    -by Letters
    Miranda DeBruhl will bring fiscal responsibility to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. I am supporting Miranda DeBruhl because of her commitment to fiscal responsibility, local small business and private…
  • Wise Woman of Co-op dealing with terminal illness

    -by Letters
    Since Roz Marlowe (the “Wise Woman” of French Broad Food Co-op) was lovingly mentioned in a recent Mountain Xpress [“The Early Days of Blue Spiral 1 and the Best Years…
  • Some signs are city-approved graffiti

    -by Letters
    I certainly applaud the efforts of City Council to remove spray-painted graffiti from the downtown area where I live. Graffiti, like pornography, is something “you know it when you see…
  • Protect dogs, residents from unattended chaining

    -by Letters
    We’ve all seen them: “Man’s best friend” chained out in backyards their entire lives, pacing back and forth on a small piece of dirt, day in and day out, in…
  • Customer diversity should be considered

    -by Letters
    In response to Dennis Hill’s letter, “Why the lack of diversity in Asheville’s breweries?” [Sept. 24, Xpress]. You asked about lack of staff diversity. There is a notable lack of…
  • Letters to the editor

    -by Webmaster
    Music to mine eyes Kudos to your publication, and particularly to staff writer Tracy Rose, for her nicely written article on Southern-gospel music and its strong ties to this area…