Susan C. Balentine / Nature's BeautiesSusan's joy in creating with her hands was instilled at an early age by her artistic mother, from whom she...
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Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. As a non-profit, all the money made from retail outlets is put back into the organization to help fulfill the Guild's mission. Your purchase through the online store, at one of the Guild Shops, or attendance at the Craft Fair helps provide funding for:
- Educational Craft Demonstrations at the Folk Art Center, Guild Shops and at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
- Special Events at the Folk Art Center such as Fiber Weekend, Clay Day, Wood Day and Heritage Weekend
- Main Gallery and Focus Gallery Exhibitions at the Folk Art Center
- Development and maintenance of the SHCG Library, Archives, and Permanent Collection
Buying from regional artists also helps local economies, and provides an investment in the preservation of craft, connecting us to Appalachian history and culture. The importance of handmade work and the process of making things is often lost in our highly mechanized and digital world. As craftspeople and craft collectors, it is vital that we keep traditions and markets alive for future generations. Buying handmade crafts is a wonderful way to invest in the future.