Come For the Glass — Stay For the Crafts

Art by Lisa Gluckin

Guests coming this summer? Are you new to Western North Carolina? Now, you can see the very best of Asheville’s crafts and gardens in a condensed one or two day tour presented by the Center for Craft, June 14-15.

The Chihuly Glass, Craft and Garden Tour brings you on an insider’s excursion to the very best studios in Asheville’s River Arts District and Biltmore Village with a chance to meet the artists. Tickets for Chihuly at Night at the Biltmore Estate are also included, the best time to see this world-renowned exhibit. Dinner, a wine tasting and a visit to Biltmore House creates a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the Estate. You may want to add a one day tour extension, to enjoy the famous Grovewood Gallery, artist studios, the Antique Car Museum and the beautiful sculpture garden, all adjacent to the famous Grove Park Inn.

Finally, the tour brings you to Art in Bloom at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts with an in-depth look at its ikebana designer arrangements with teacher and ikebana Master Norma Bradley of Ikebana Asheville.

Says Louise Glickman, Coordinator of the trip for the Center for Craft, “There is a good reason that the national Center for Craft is located here in Asheville. It’s because we have so many talented and nationally recognized artists and craft leaders living and working in Western North Carolina. In offering the Chihuly Glass, Craft and Gardens Tour, we are giving the uninitiated an in-depth look at the very best of our crafts in a condensed experience, just one or two days.”

The tour has been specially designed for the many folks that summer in the mountains to drive in for an unforgettable crafts experience. Locals are encouraged to bring house guests and to come meet our fine artists and crafts leadership.

Tour tickets are available by going to

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.