The Folk Art Center, located at milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center features some of the finest in traditional and modern crafts the Southern Appalachians has to offer. Let’s take a walk around and see what the Folk Art Center has to offer!
Located in Asheville, NC, the Folk Art Center is a must stop attraction for those touring the Blue Ridge Parkway. The center is home to a large retail space that showcases beautiful handmade crafts and art…quilts, clothing, soaps, toys, musical instruments, jewelry, and even outlet covers (my favorite!). The center also features three exhibition galleries, a library, an auditorium, and a Parkway information desk and gift shop. Live craft demonstrations can also be seen daily, March through December.
The center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with juried members spanning over nine states, whose purpose is to educate and enrich the region on the importance of craft and it’s ability to impact the creative economy. Established in 1930, the Guild fosters opportunities for members to build, market, and maintain their creative livelihood through continuing education, retail outlets, and mentorship. Currently, the guild represents close to 900 members, whose work can be seen through the four craft shops and two annual craft expositions, as well as various craft expos throughout the year.
Outside of the center, guests will find an access point to the Mountains to Sea trail (which stretches 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks), a quarter-mile accessible trail that goes around the center, and a few picnic tables. Admission and parking is free…and there’s plenty of room for large RVs and buses.
The Folk Art Center is a great place to learn the history of crafting, and to see what modern techniques and pieces are being made now. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Visit this link to learn more. And let me know in the comments what your favorite craft piece or medium is!