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Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Spotlight on New Morning Gallery and the Amazing John Cram

November 22nd, 2014 by abedofroses

Dennis Thompson's Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

Dennis Thompson’s Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

When we at the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association decided to compile a curated list of the best Holiday Shopping destinations in Asheville to share with our guests, New Morning Gallery was at the very top of my list. My family and friends have been the recipients of New Morning Gallery one-of-a-kind gifts every year for nearly as long as the shop and gallery has been open. Long before I lived in Asheville my family introduced me to this exquisite collection of unique arts and crafts and it’s been my go-to place to buy gifts ever since. In that time I’ve witnessed how one man over the course of 40 years spearheaded a renaissance here in Asheville, not just with one wonderful gallery of gifts. When John Cram opened New Morning Gallery in 1972, Asheville was not yet the cultural destination that it is now and he played a big part in bringing art and culture to the city. This is evidenced by the State of North Carolina awarding him it’s greatest civilian honor in Fine Arts in 2013.

Poster for this past year's Art & Craft Fair

Poster for this past year’s Art & Craft Fair

He created the Annual Village Art & Craft Fair shortly after opening New Morning Gallery.

He then went on to help revive Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville by opening the Blue Spiral Gallery. He bought the theater next door that was known for screening porn movies and made it into The Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville’s home for art and independent films. Then Bellagio, “art to wear” in Biltmore Village followed with one of a kind fashion and Bellagio Every Day on Biltmore Avenue downtown.  We are so honored to have John Cram and his “Blue Spiral” of shops and galleries participate in our Asheville Inn-siders Holiday Package. Watch him talk about his life and how Asheville has grown and come to life in this video.
The Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Play Package is available Nov. 19, 2014 to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2015. Add it to any two night reservation at A Bed of Roses now.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Oct. 17-20, 2013 Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

September 28th, 2013 by abedofroses

 

Work by Paula Marksbury

Work by Paula Marksbury

The Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a wonderful showcase for the best artists in the Appalachians. Twice a year, in July and October, the Southern Highland Craft Guild presents this outstanding exhibit of traditional as well as contemporary crafts and artwork at the US Cellular Center. I never tire of going to it. The fair has exhibited work by Guild artists since 1948. Many of the artists display their work year after year, and you can see how they develop and change over time. But there are always surprises too. My experience over the years of going to this exhibit is that it’s part great shopping for one of a kind gifts and part fine art exhibit. The level of the work can be art museum quality and is just a joy to explore. With the work of over 200 juried artists being shown and sold, there is something for every artistic taste. The rich diversity and talent attracts collectors and gallery owners as well as shoppers.

Wendy Seaward's "intuitive beading"

Wendy Seaward’s “intuitive beading”

A Tiny Sampling of What’s in Store:

One of the artists returning for this show is Wendy Seaward. She calls her stunning intricate jewelry “intuitive beading”.

Her work ranges from very affordable one-of-a-kind earrings to amazing beaded masks and neck piece collages of stones and beads.

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn is another artist returning for this show. He posed with his incredible clay works for me during the July Crafts Fair.

Rebecca Kempson’s intricate and incredible life-like dolls will be there as well and they are totally riveting to look at.

The guild also hosts craft demonstrations throughout the fair in keeping with their traditional mission of educating the public about the history of crafts in this area of the country and the techniques used. Watch George McCollum create a white oak basket from tree to completed basket. Dede Styles will be demonstrating spinning and the use of natural plant dyes to color yarn. There will be demonstrations of less traditional crafts as well.

One of Rebecca Kempson's haunting dolls

One of Rebecca Kempson’s haunting dolls

And there’s music too! Mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Hot Duck Soup will play old time music with the help of “kazoos, slide whistles, banjos, guitars, ukes, an antique cornet, washtub bass and the Cacophonium” on Friday the 18th. Other performers will play everything from gospel, to bluegrass, to American Swing-grass.

Tickets to the 66th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands are $8 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Hours are Thurs-Sat 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM.

Where to See the Best in Mountain Arts and Crafts – Asheville’s Premier Crafts Show

July 19th, 2012 by abedofroses

Jen Swearington Fiber Art

A Detail from Jen Swearington’s “The Sea Dream”

The Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a wonderful showcase for the best artists in the Appalachians. This weekend will draw over 200 artists and craftspeople to the US Celluar Center right here in Asheville to display their art, give demonstrations and listen to and play live music from Western North Carolina. Twice a year the Southern Highlands Craft Guild sponsors this show and it’s a must see event for anyone who loves traditional and contemporary crafts. Long before we moved to the Asheville area I would schedule my trips here to visit family around these fantastic shows. The Southern Highland Craft Guild has a long and distinguished history and the fairs have been a local tradition since 1948. Acceptance into the Guild is based on a rigorous jury process, so these artists are definitely the cream of the crop.

Wendy Searward Mask

Wendy Seaward’s “Delirium”

You will see an incredible mix of traditional works with contemporary interpretations of life and nature in the southern mountains. Crafts like hand hammered ironwork and intricate baskets are displayed side by side with whimsical brightly colored polymer clay creations or quilted and stitched mixed media illustrations that tell stories of the imagination. The guild was chartered in 1930, springing from the dream of Frances Goodrich, a Yale graduate and missionary who moved to Buncombe County in 1890. She joined with other leaders of the Southern Arts and Crafts movement in the 1920s and the birth of the guild can be traced to a meeting of these leaders at the Penland School in 1928. It is now one of the strongest craft organizations in the country, operating the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from Asheville, and conducting educational outreach as well as hosting two major shows a year. They still have close ties to the Penland School of Crafts and the John C Campbell Folk School. If you can’t go to the show, be sure to visit their gallery and shop at the Folk Art Center on your next visit to Asheville!

Outstanding Music and Art Makes the Montford Historic District Dance!

May 21st, 2012 by abedofroses

Dragon Dancers

The Dragon Dancers

The 9th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival was a huge success this past Saturday. It was our biggest ever. Over 6,871 people came to the Festival! Bill and I got the rare opportunity to spend the whole afternoon listening to great music, chatting with neighbors and browsing all the colorful booths of art, one-of-a-kind clothing and local crafts and services. We even got to try out some acupuncture! The weather was perfect for strolling, the food was excellent- what more could we ask? We were only sorry that we could only stay to hear four of the sixteen bands that played on three different stages.

We heard everything from the traditional bluegrass of David Holt and the Lightning Bolts to the soul/funk/R&B of the Secret B Sides and the dreamy indescribably haunting sounds of The Judas Horse. It was a treat for the ears.

The Secret B Sides

The Secret B Sides Performed

Our own Montford Park Players were there as well, performing scenes from their current production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). You’ve never seen Shakespeare performed quite like this! We can’t wait to see the whole performance when we get to sample our Montford Players VIP package ourselves. They let you actually get a walk on role in costume!

We were so impressed with the artwork this year. It’s not often that you see top quality fine arts at a street festival. Perry Houlditch was able to show us how his extraordinary paintings catch the sunlight and reveal the depth and radiance of his hand produced pigments.

Oil Painting by Perry Houlditch

Ond of Perry Houlditch's oils with handmade pigments

Cindy Riccardelli’s haunting dolls were on display as well. These are not dolls to play with. Each doll is a beautiful piece of art with it’s own personality and definite attitude!

The Dragon Dancers had everyone smiling as they snaked through the crowd and there were plenty of activities for the kids too.

We topped off the day with a relaxing lunch at Nine Mile. A perfect May afternoon in Asheville!

See more photos at our photo gallery!

 

 

Asheville Crafts Fairs- Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, the 38th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

July 24th, 2011 by abedofroses

Today is the last day of the Craft Fair of the Southern Higlands at the Asheville Civic Center. We look forward to this biannual event to see the best of the region’s traditional and contemporary crafts and artwork. Acceptance into the Southern Highland Craft Guild is based on a rigorous jury process so it is always a treat to see the work put out by these talented and diverse artists. This fair has been a local tradition since 1948. Artists give demonstrations throughout the fair as well.  If you missed it you will get another chance to see the guild’s talent in October from the 20th to the 23rd.

Village Art and Craft Fair Poster

39th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair

If you can’t wait that long to see great crafts and artists display their wares, though, you’re in luck! The 39th annual Village Art & Craft Fair is coming up August 6th and 7th. This outdoor arts and crafts fair is held outside on the lovely grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. This is a free event and a great opportunity to stroll the historic brick streets of Biltmore Village as well. There will be 120 exhibitors this year and you’re sure to find something beautiful or quirky that you can’t live without.  T shirts featuring this years poster art by Daryl Flaton are available now and I might not be able to live without one of them!

 

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