Enjoy Open Studio Art Tours at Historic Grovewood Village

Every third Saturday of the month during May through October, the resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios to the public, allowing visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works.

Tours are free and self-guided and take place from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. The next scheduled tour is Saturday, July 21.

Grovewood Village is home to 10 resident artists, whose studios are located directly next door to Grovewood Gallery. These workspaces were originally built to house the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise that played a significant role in the Appalachian Craft Revival during the early 20th century. Today, Grovewood’s resident artists – inspired by an earlier craft force – create jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more, in the same workshops where the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun was once made.

“This region has so much to offer artistically, and this is a wonderful opportunity for the public to connect with some of our local makers,” says Ashley Van Matre, Marketing Manager at Grovewood Village. “Hopefully people walk away inspired, with a deeper appreciation for these artists’ work.”

The following artists have studios at Grovewood Village: Chris Abell, Rick Eckerd, Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle (shared studio), Lisa Gluckin, Carl Powell, Helen Purdum, Tom Reardon & Kathleen Doyle (shared studio), and Brent Skidmore.

All participating artists will have works for sale, and visitors are encouraged to go next door to Grovewood Gallery where additional artwork will be on display.

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.