The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the country since its first year in 1948. The tradition continues this year on Oct 20-23 in Asheville.
More than 200 craftspeople fill two levels of the civic center selling their works of clay, glass, leather, metal, fiber, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
All exhibitors are mountain artists who are masters of their craft and have been accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The Guild is a non-profit organization that has been supporting local and regional craftspeople since 1930. The Guild has grown to represent more than 900 members living and working in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.
Crafts rooted in Appalachian customs are featured along with the work of contemporary artists. Tradition and innovation are trademarks of the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, setting it apart from other shows.
Throughout the show, the Guild sponsors educational craft demonstrations. Some demonstrations for the 2011 Craft Fairs include natural dyeing and spinning, raku firing, and doll making.
In addition to crafts for sale, there will also be ongoing craft demonstrations all weekend and there will also be live music.
At a glance
What: The 64th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Where: Asheville Civic Center
When: Oct. 20-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Adults $8, children under 12 free. Group discounts available
Additional information: www.craftguild.org/ or 828.298.7928