The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), Asheville

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The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) 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 The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We stopped off at the Folk Art Center to have a look around. The building is very well done, and we enjoyed looking at the arts and crafts on display. The exhibits are well designed and include... 
    We stopped off at the Folk Art Center to have a look around. The building is very well done, and we enjoyed looking at the arts and crafts on display. The exhibits are well designed and include...  more »
  • Excellent museum and venue for the arts with demonstrations, classes and performances and space for gatherings. 
    Excellent museum and venue for the arts with demonstrations, classes and performances and space for gatherings.  more »
  • Nice little stop. No entrance charge. Lots of different crafts highlighted. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. Nice store where you can buy things. Easily done in an hour or so. 
    Nice little stop. No entrance charge. Lots of different crafts highlighted. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. Nice store where you can buy things. Easily done in an hour or so.  more »
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  • It's a hopping place on a Saturday! I happened upon "clay day" with potters of all different kinds, plus a glass blower out front that looks like he's more permanent. There's all manner of potter, fabric, quilts, clothes, jewelry and tons more for sale and to look at. Upstairs is a fancier gallery and some of that is for sale as well. It's a really interesting stop.
  • Amazing art works from all types of craftsmanship. Great to see with the eyes as every piece is very valuable. Everything is displayed well and o much to see. Be careful if u have a touchy toddler, lol. Came here for a stamp cancelation. Lots of people came with their dogs to hike in the area. Parking is great.
  • A nice break from the heat with beautiful artwork to look at and to purchase, although expensive and for good reason. There were neat displays and even a local artist demonstration. A gift shop as well. My 13 year old even enjoyed it. It’s easy to get to right off the parkway. Signs are easy to follow. I’m terrible with directions and I was able to find it easily without maps.
  • This place was beautifully maintained with a lot to see. The gift shop was huge and stocked with art from all kinds of mediums from local artists and craftspeople. The prices were so fair too. I loved seeing the quilts and the pottery. Such a great stop!
  • We stop here every single time we are in Asheville. Throughout the years we’ve bought platters, clocks, lamps. It’s a treasure. There is always an artist in house doing their craft/art. Lovely museum, store, and art gallery

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