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Cultivating the crafts & makers of the Southern Highlands

Over 900 artisans 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.

Maker Spotlight

Maker Statement:

My chosen "play" is to weave, mingling color and weave structure for unique and beautiful cloth. I want it to be lovely to the eye as well as to the hand.

Folk Art Center

Our Headquarters | Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville, NC

Formerly known as the Allanstand Handicraft Shop, this gallery was built in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Service in Asheville, NC. In addition to a craft shop, this gallery features three exhibit rooms, a bookstore, and an American Craft library. Visit us for live craft demonstrations DAILY!


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Biltmore Village

Our Gallery in Biltmore Village

Asheville, NC

Formerly the Biltmore-Oteen bank, this art deco building was built in 1928 in the iconic village of the Biltmore Estate.

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Moses Cone Manor

On the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blowing Rock, NC

At the turn of the century, Moses and Bertha Cone built their home, nestled among the mountains with vast views of the Blue Ridge. For over six decades, the Guild and the National Park Service have opened the house to the public each spring.

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Tunnel Road

Our neighborhood Craft Gallery

Asheville, NC

Upholding the time-honored custom of fine craftsmanship, east Asheville's iconic 1950s stone cottage celebrates both tradition and innovation.


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Explore Our Exhibitions

Stellar Objectives

09.28.19 - 01.20.20

in the Main Gallery

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.

A Natural Influence

08.15.19 - 11.05.19

in the Focus Gallery

A Natural Influence, our Focus Gallery exhibition featuring the works 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. 

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Craft Traditions

The Permanent Collection

Walk through our permanent collection of archived, Appalachian craft. This exhibit of approximately 250 works features the best of woodcarving, textiles, furniture, basketry, pottery, dolls, and other crafts of Southern Appalachia, dating from 1855 to the late 20th century.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville for the 72nd year. With over 180 artisans exhibiting their fine craftsmanship, this event is the largest Craft Fair in the Southeast.

Ten months of the year, seven days a week, in two of our galleries, the craftsmen of our guild volunteer their time to demonstrate and educate the public on the processes of their craft. Meet and interact with the members of the Craft Guild. Maybe take home a handcrafted masterpiece that you witnessed being made right before your eyes!

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December 7 & 14

Join us in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center for the Holiday Makers Sale where you'll find fine craft marked down 10-50% off! Crafts made of clay, metal, jewelry, fiber, wood, and more!

Get Involved with the Guild

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

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