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When you visit Asheville, be sure to check out some of the arts and crafts this area has to offer. At the top of most people’s list of things to do and see in the area are the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and shopping. Especially downtown and in Biltmore Village, there are many beautiful galleries full of local arts and crafts that are really something special. It is a pleasure to be in the city during one of the major festivals or study tours where you can see the artists in action and ask them questions.
These are not in any particular order, although the Southern Highlands Craft Show is the biggest of the year and probably deserves the number one spot.
Southern Highlands Craft Show: This event takes place twice a year; July 15-18 and October 21-24 at the Asheville Civic Center. It is the largest arts and crafts show in the region, with arts and crafts on two floors. Artists come from all over the Blue Ridge region, including Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. You will notice a particular richness of jewelry, fiber art, mountain pottery, and woodwork, which are abundant in this area.
Weaverville Art Safari: An open studio event for artists living in or near the Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander communities north of Asheville. The event takes place the last weekend in April and the first weekend in November. Since it’s a good walk at this time of year, it’s a good excuse to go out on a Sunday. Don’t forget to visit Lee Davis’ studio, where he has been making hand-painted mountain pottery for longer than he admits. He’s quite a character.
Toe River Studio Tour: If you’re interested in a longer trip to Blue Ridge north of Asheville, this studio tour is a great option. The dates vary a bit from year to year, once in the summer and once in the fall. This tour focuses on Spruce Pine and Burnsville and offers a real trip to the mountains. This area is home to the Penland School of Crafts, where hundreds of artists work.
LEAF: Black Mountain’s Lake Eden Art Festival Although a little pricey, over $100 per ticket, the beautiful location and variety of quality music and craft performances are well worth it, especially if you can make it all weekend. The price includes a place to camp for two nights; first come, first served. This festival takes place in May and October, with autumn being the bigger of the two.
Bele Chere: It is difficult to even include this festival, which is more well-known locally for its slander, but there is no doubt that many local artists participate in the event. It’s fun to walk the streets of Asheville without traffic. The size and amount of things to do in Bele Chere makes it worth fighting for a parking space
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