Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, Asheville

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Southern Highland Craft Guild 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 Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This two story venue on the Blue Ridge Parkway is worth the time to look for something locally created. This venue is both a museum and store to look at a little history and also purchase locally crea...  more »
  • Professional artisan level crafts for sale. Small but unusual changing exhibit on modern crafts and a permanent gallery of crafts showing original and noteworthy crafts. Basket weaving display is fabu...  more »
  • This is an absolute "must see" if you like beautifully made hand-crafted items: wood, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, weaving, furnishings, furniture.  more »
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  • This place was beautiful! When we went, there were a couple artists displaying their work and it was beautiful to watch them in action. There's a downstairs gallery and upstairs had even more beautiful and unique pieces on display. Every staff member I came into contact with was extremely friendly and welcoming. Also loved both shops downstairs, got some cool souvenirs! Amazing experience, will definitely want to come back!
  • Beautiful art! Amazing gallery and shop for one of a kind pieces. Old craftsmanship with modern twists. Educational displays to weave more history into the gallery. Will definitely go again.
  • A treasure. Live demonstrations by artisans. Beautiful hand crafted items available to purchase. All in a lovely setting on the fabulous Blue Ridge Parkway, yet easily accessible from routes 70 and 40.
  • Such a gem in the western part of North Carolina. We were smitten the moment we walked in and had some extended conversation with women artists who were spinning, the woman who was making loomed fabrics and the talented basket weaver. The exhibits are thought provoking. This is a national park and treasure!
  • Gorgeous handmade items. I spent time shopping for Christmas items early. So much to choose from. Blown glass, pottery, bees wax candles and candle holders, woven capes, hats, quilts, notecards, stained glass, hammered metal items, turned wood items and more. So much to choose from. Definitely heafding back even though I live 3.5 hours away.
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