A Hidden Jewell Celebrates Asheville Arts and Crafts

An English cottage style building in the woods

The Grovewood Studios

Most visitors to Asheville know about the historic Grove Park Inn, but adjacent to the resort hotel is a hidden jewell that is one of my favorite places, Grovewood Village. Tucked beneath the tall pines, surrounded by lush beds of ivy, the historic tile roofed cottages house working artists’ studios and the Grovewood Gallery. In this magical setting stands a peaceful sculpture garden where you fully expect elves and fairies to be hiding in the shadows. This year they will be celebrating two important anniversaries. First, on May 20, 2017 The Grovewood Gallery celebrates their 25th anniversary with artist demonstrations, live music and local food and drinks from 2-6pm. Music will be provided by The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers and eleven outstanding artists will be participating. The gallery has been promoting American Art and Crafts since 1992 on this very special 11 acre property. We love to visit the Grovewood to shop for one of a kind gifts and experience the creativity inside and outside the gallery. 

Historic photo of woman holding a piece of wool on the steps of an English style cottage with a sign saying Homespun Shop.

Historic photo of the Homespun Shop at Biltmore Industries

The property is the original home to Biltmore Industries which celebrated their Centennial on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from noon to 5PM. 100 years ago Edith Vanderbilt approached Fred Seely, son-in-law of Edwin W. Grove and the architect of the Grove Park Inn to buy Biltmore Industries, then located in Biltmore Village. He agreed to build six English cottages adjacent to the hotel to house Biltmore Industries’ wood carvers and weavers, and continue the educational mission to support and develop the arts. The cottages currently house artists’ studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun museum and the only antique auto museum in Asheville. The June 17 celebration will include a special exhibition of fiber art by regional weavers, artist demonstrations, guided history tours, a cake cutting ceremony as well as a presentation by Bruce Johnson, Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference held at the Grove Park Inn every year since 1988. Starting April 2017, Grovewood Village is offering guided tours Wednesday-Saturday. For more information, call 828.253.7651 or visit www.grovewood.com.

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