Out with the autos and in with tents filled with hand-crafted bladesmithing, glass blown and wood-turned objects, wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics and one-of-a-kind furniture as the Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its lower level parking lot to its first-ever mini pop-up.
The event, which will feature the artwork of Guild members will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Admission to the pop-up fair, as well as the Folk Art Center is free.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild is located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville.
“Guild members will have an opportunity to share their creative efforts with the public outdoors in a carefully spaced layout,” said Ruthie Cohen, Board of Trustees Fair Representative. “A limited number of tents will sprout up where cars normally park on the lower parking area. This mini-fair will hopefully prove to be a win-win situation. The public will get to see beautiful craft work in a fun, casual setting, while Guild members have an opportunity to find new homes for their pieces.”
The fair was conceptualized as an opportunity to provide Guild members with a marketplace for artists recovering from a year of shop closures and cancelled fairs.
For 90 years, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has showcased the artwork of artists from the Appalachia region, encompassing 293 counties and nine states. The SHCG is the second-oldest craft organization in America, behind the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts.
In addition to housing the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the center houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop, and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.