Asheville’s Craft Fair Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Entering its seventh decade this July, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will be held July 21-23 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Transitioning to a three-day show, the Fair is bringing new, dynamic elements that celebrate the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s creative community.
Design vignettes will demonstrate how one can utilize craft in both form and function for the home, and are made possible by local interior designers, architects and builders. Additionally, there will be more craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors. Local Cloth will be offering hands-on fiber experiences in silk painting and shibori dyeing, as well as spinning and weaving. Several other educational demonstrators include Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center, mixed media artist John Richards, WNC Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Asheville Quilt Guild and dyer Dede Styles.
The fair will feature nearly 150 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media and jewelry. The members will fill both floors of the U.S. Cellular Center on its concourse and arena level. Each maker has undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild’s legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.
Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1 p.m. Local Cloth will also be putting on a mini fashion show, “15 Minutes of Fashion,” in which models will be adorned with exhibitors’ handmade garments and jewelry. Mountain musicians, from old-time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily.