Cultivating the crafts & makers of the Southern Highlands

Over 900 craftsmen participate in the network & marketplace created and sustained by The Southern Highland Craft Guild

Through our special events and educational opportunities, we hope to continue to lead and inspire the craft revival movement.

Learn how to become an artisan of the guild, join our team of volunteers, donate to our cause, and don't miss our annual events!

folk art center, southern highland craft guild on the blue ridge parkway

Our Headquarters

Formerly known as the Allanstand Handicraft Shop, this gallery is nestled on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. Built in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Service, this gallery features two exhibit rooms, a library, a book store, and the former Allanstand Handicraft Shop.  

Current Exhibitions

The Focus Gallery

detail of wheel thrown handmade ceramic clay bucket by Sue Grier with Solomon's Plume Basket drawing of leaves, black porcelain with white glaze


A Natural Influence

A Natural Influence, our Focus Gallery exhibition featuring the work of 5 artists, is open through November 5, 2019. Walk through a room filled with nature-inspired works of clay, paper, metal, and jewelry on the second level of the Folk Art Center.


9.28.19 - 11.02.19

Stellar Objectives

Stellar Objectives is our latest exhibit introducing the newest members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. You will explore the works of 16 artists who have been juried into the guild based on their fine craftsmanship of fiber, clay, wood, metal, and glass.

Maker Statement:

I am a weaver of cloth, and maker of garments. My fabrics are a blend of cotton and rayon yarns in a variety of textures and sizes, beginning with the selection of a dozen different shades of a single color.