Asheville, NC – The Southern Highland Craft Guild will open its first Main Gallery exhibition of the 2022 year on Saturday, January 22. Featuring members of the Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild, the exhibit is filled with a variety of textile disciplines. Processes represented include: spinning, shibori, batik, silkscreen, weaving, natural dyeing, needle felting, knitting, and more.
The Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild was incorporated in 1976 to promote and encourage participation in and appreciation of fine craftsmanship as related to textile arts. Local Cloth, INC (Asheville, NC), Yadkin Valley Fiber Center (Elkin, NC), Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists (Hendersonville, NC), and Tryon Arts and Crafts (Tryon, NC) are members of the WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild. Classes are available through their local education centers and online workshops. You can find their class schedule by visiting https://www.wncfhg.org/education
Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are also represented in the exhibition: Eileen Hallman (weaving, Black Mountain, NC), Irene Heckel-Volpe (felting, Candler, NC), Joyce Carpenter (knitting, Fletcher, NC), Pat Brown (weaving, Pickens, NC), Martha Owen (knitting, Murphy, NC), and Joan Berner (felting, Hendersonville, NC).
The WNC Fiber / Handweavers Guild can be viewed at the Folk Art Center until May 15, 2022. Admission to the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.