Folk Art Center, Asheville

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#1 of 17 in Museums in Asheville
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. Using our custom trip planner, Asheville attractions like Folk Art Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There is so much to look at here, something for everyone. The upstairs galleries and exhibits are well-lit and filled with very interesting items, as is the downstairs. Beautiful hand-made items, and ...  more »
  • What a beautiful place. Absolutely remarkable artwork. Hard to imagine someone had the vision to build this 30 years ago.  more »
  • Authentic crafts by the locals. Everything was superbly made. Items for everyone.....the prices were reflective of how much effort was used to create each piece. I highly recomment a stop here.  more »
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  • Amazing display of local folk art. There was a lady with pottery wheel giving demonstrations of her craft. Free and definitely worth the stop!
  • 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.
  • Top quality crafts from long ago and today. Many wonderful items for sale as well. .
  • Wonderful. Haven't been there in years and will come back. Hopefully not in too far in the future.
  • 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.

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