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Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center
Ranked #7 of 195 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art center, which also houses the first craft shop in the U.S.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Can't go through Asheville without a stop at the Folk Art Center. It's history is fascinating, the little museum is well worth a stop, the items for sale are incredible and there is always a craftsman demonstrating their craft, live. The prices are spendy but the quality is as good as you will find anywhere in the country. They are just pieces of art, to view, hold, cook with or wear. You'll find something to buy and pick up a few business cards where you can visit their websites. Don't miss it.

Thank dmccrum
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

and enjoy a picnic. We had a wonderful stop along our route home. The center has some wonderful displays of local artists creations. I was hoping for more displays and "how to" of the old ways. You won't find that here. But, still a nice place to take a break, enjoy the day, and see some culture.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

A wonderful place with a variety of high quality regional arts/crafts from pottery to paintings to clothing to sculpture to quilts. The quilt collection is extensive and beautiful. A great place to look and shop. Staff are very helpful and the center is located in a bucolic woodland setting. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Thank happyinboston
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

What a gorgeous place! It is very close to downtown Asheville (for those who wish to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway for perhaps only 15-20 minutes to see the exquisite views). And, while this is not the point of visiting this facility, it happens to have large, clean restrooms.

There are rotating exhibits and craft demonstrations on the second floor and a huge gallery of crafts to purchase on the main floor. The crafts available to purchase are in numerous mediums from wood to clay to fiber, basketry, and glass; they include both decorative and functional pieces. Some of our favorite Asheville area artists are represented here: John Richards (creator of most of the large, wonderful "sculptures" in Asheville's unique Mellow Mushroom) has several smaller, unique pieces for sale. Selena Glass and Metal (Chuck Young and Deana Blanchard) is showing some of their smaller works. John Gecci has some wonderful blown glass bottles, and Rob Levin has enough of his blown glass pieces to keep you happy.

Thank KenCookie
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had the Folk Art Center on our list for weeks before we came to Asheville. And today we weren't disappointed.

I particularly liked the woodworking pieces, intricate wooden pieces inside wooden frames that I could see being proudly displayed at my grandmother's house in Maui.

We loved the prints of nature, of bears frolicking in the woods and rabbits tending a garden. The aforementioned quilts were amazingly colorful and nicely crafted.

Yet we know for the convenience for us tourists, the prices may be a little higher. Even for simple items like locally-made soap, it was a little cheaper a few miles (and thousands of feet) up the road at Mt. Mitchell State Park.

Thank kurokitty
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