There are many other worthwhile reasons for becoming a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Among them are: an instant network with craftspeople throughout the Southern Appalachian region; the opportunity to work with a professional staff who can advise you concerning marketing, gallery affiliation and process, methods and materials research, and pricing, to name a few; access to the Guild’s library and archives for research; scholarship monies for craft-related travel and study; and professional affiliation with craft organizations throughout the country via membership. Join one of the most important craft organizations in the country, as we move toward the millennium. With a world-class marketing program, unparalleled exhibition opportunities, and vital educational programs, this is a Guild that needs your participation – APPLY NOW!
Programs and Opportunities for Juried Members
The Southern Highland Craft Guild operates six retail shops, including an online store, which exclusively represent Guild members’ work. One of the most sought-after benefits of membership is the opportunity to sell through the retail shops, located among the region’s most visited attractions in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Five miles east of Asheville, NC, on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Allanstand Craft Shop. Located in the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center, Allanstand is America’s oldest and best loved craft shop. Started in 1895 by Frances Goodrich, one of the founding members of the Guild, it is the most prominent retail space for Guild members’ work. Parkway Craft Center is also located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the historic Moses Cone Mansion in Blowing Rock, NC. Opened in 1951, this magnificent residence provides a unique atmosphere for members’ work. Guild Crafts, on Tunnel Road in east Asheville, adjacent to the famous Stuart Nye Jewelry workshop, offers a more intimate setting in the Asheville area. Arrowcraft, located on Main Street in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is adjacent to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Operated since 1926 by the Pi Beta Phi fraternity, the Guild began operation of this historic property in 1994. The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitor’S Center in Middlesboro, Kentucky, lies at the crossroads of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and hosts the Guild’ shop – Cumberland Crafts, which opened in 2002. The Guild’s newest shop, the Southern Highland Craft Gallery, is located in Biltmore Village of Asheville, NC, opening in 2013.
The on-line version of our Member Directory contains information on more than 900 craft artists, businesses, and education centers in the Southern Appalachian region. Search the directory by artist, business name, education center, location, or craft media.