Folk Art Center

OPERATING HOURS
January – March open 9 am-5pm | April – December open  9am-6pm
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Home of the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States, our Folk Art Center craft shop has sustained over a century featuring talented makers.  It was started by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich in 1897 in Madison County, NC under the name of Allanstand.  The shop eventually moved to downtown Asheville in 1908, and to its current home at the Folk Art Center in 1980.

When the Southern Highland Craft Guild was formed in 1930, Goodrich donated Allanstand to the Guild. Goodrich’s legacy continues as shop represents the work of over 200 members of the Guild. It showcases fine traditional and contemporary crafts in a variety of media including:  fiber, clay, wood, glass, metal, paper, and natural materials.

Overhead view of Allanstand Craft Shop, Southern Highland Craft GuildThe Southern Highland Craft Guild headquarters in the Folk Art Center also holds a larger retail space upstairs called Allanstand Interiors.  This section showcases studio furniture and one-of-a-kind home accessories and artwork, all made by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
wood furniture by John Wesley Williams, fiber art by John Gunther, and glass by K4 Glassart, Soouthern Highland Craft Guild(work shown: wood furniture by John Wesley Williams, fiber art by John Gunther, and glass by K4 Glassart)