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Folk Art Center, Asheville

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Specialty Museum Educational Site
Folk Art Center exhibits traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from nearly 1,000 craftspeople from nine states in the Appalachian region. The guild, chartered in 1930, fostered commerce for craftspeople of the region during the Great Depression. You'll have the chance to see live craft demonstrations in the center lobby. Tour the galleries to see examples of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, and other natural fiber arts and crafts. For an opportunity to purchase guild member work, stop in at the center's main gift shop, Allenstand, which claims to be the United States' oldest continuously running craft shop. For Folk Art Center and beyond, use our Asheville trip generator to get the most from your Asheville vacation.
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  • I visited the Souther Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center with friends and was surprised at the variety and number of Appalachian crafts on display. There are "permanent" works on display which do ch...  more »
  • Convenient to Asheville, this is a great place to see exhibitions of old and new Appalachian craft work, as well as a very interesting exhibition about the planning for and building of the Blue Ridge ...  more »
  • We had been here several years ago and bought several items that were priced fairly. This time, we found that the craftsmen are believing the hype. A mirror that we bought for $25 is now going for abo...  more »
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  • Top quality crafts from long ago and today. Many wonderful items for sale as well. .
  • This place is quite large and had many works of art. Very enjoyable and inspirational. You have to stop in while traveling the Blue Ridge Pkwy.
  • My rating is based on visits to the center's grounds and not the items for sale. I would not buy anything here, but I love to walk around. There are some trails and this is good place to start out for a walk.
  • I was driving to Asheville on a vacation and saw the sign for Folk Art Center and I had to stop. Really glad I did! If you're into Folk Art, this is your place! If you're not into Folk Art, then 1) why did you stop? and 2) why write a negative review when it turns out it's exactly what the name says? In any case, I'm not someone who likes quilts, but there were so many AMAZING quilts there for display that I had to take pictures. (Other things you weren't allowed to take pictures of for understandable reasons.) They have a small shop for us tourists with the nicest staff. They have gorgeous pottery, jewelry, art, and a lovely museum upstairs. Definitely worth the stop!
  • A good visit...wish it weren't so pricey. I understand that a worker is worth his/her wages, but we came ready to spend a modest amount of money out of our modest vacation budget. It was beautiful to browse at all the handiwork of the local artists, but sadly, we couldn't afford to take much home with us. Gorgeous center with friendly, helpful staff.