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Allanstand Craft Shop
Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center
Allanstand Interiors at the Folk Art Center
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville NC
Open: Jan-March 9am-5pm daily; April-Dec 9am-6pm daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Allanstand Craft Shop will be closed for inventory January 6 and 7, 2015. All other areas of the Folk Art Center will remain open including the Blue Ridge Parkway Information Desk and Bookstore, SHCG Exhibition Galleries, and Allanstand Interiors.
Allanstand is the oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States. It was started by Presbyterian missionary Frances Goodrich in 1897 in Madison County, NC. 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 Allanstand Craft Shop represents the work of over 200 members of the Guild. The shop showcases fine traditional and contemporary crafts in a variety of media including: fiber, clay, wood, glass, metal, paper, and natural materials.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild is excited to announce the opening of the Folk Art Center's new retail space, Allanstand Interiors. Located on the second level of the Folk Art Center beside the Main Gallery, Allanstand Interiors showcases studio furniture and one-of-a-kind home accessories and artwork, all made by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
(work shown: wood furniture by John Wesley Williams, fiber art by John Gunther, and glass by K4 Glassart)