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Background artwork by Kathryn Adams.

Overhead view of the Craft Fair Arena level
Visitor admiring Lucy's Toys
Pam Granger Gale's marbling demonstration
Musicians performing at the Craft Fair, 2022

CRAFT FAIR OF THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

~Celebrating 77 years~

July 18-21 | October 17-20

Show hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Tickets: $12, children under 12 can enter for free.

Harrah’s Cherokee Center-Asheville

87 Haywood Street Asheville, NC

Questions? Call the Folk Art Center 828-298-7928 or email us [email protected].

Contact Harrah's Cherokee Center (828) 259-5736

Hosted in downtown Asheville at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, artisans will fill both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, exhibiting a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. Join us for this unique shopping experience and enjoy live music and craft demonstrations during your visit. $12 tickets are available for individual days, at the door, and online (coming soon). Children under 12 are free.

EXHIBITORS

Marti Mitchell / A Touch of Glass
Kimberley Adams
Larry Allen
Wendy Allen
Isaac Collins/ Arrowmont
Erica Stankwytch Bailey
Meghan Bernard
Travis Berning
Heidi Bleacher
Amy Brandenburg
Frank Bridwell
Mitchell Burleson
Jordan Butzine
Christopher Cagle
Julie Calhoun-Roepnack
Brenda Cameron
Douglas Canivet
Linda Caristo
Beer Chunhaswasdikul
Ed & Kate Coleman
Andy Costine
Walt Cottingham
Lisa Banner/ Crossnore Weavers
Doug Dacey
Rachelle Davis
Katelyn Day
Laurey Faye Dean
Larry & Deborah Drake
Wendy & Joe Edwards
Lee Entrekin
Leslie Fawcett
Linda & Jack Fifield
Lynn Fisher
Priscilla Frake
Jim Gentry
Geoffrey Giles
Marie-Helene Grabman
Pam Granger Gale
Alex Gray
John Gunther
Rachel Haas
Chad Alice Hagen
Michelle Hayden
Teresa Hays
Harry Hearne
Wren Hendrickson
Ann Hord-Heatherley
Neal Howard
L. Jill Howell
Lucas Hundley
Linda Hynson
Thomas Irven

Jason Janow
Erin Janow
Haley Jelinek
Jennifer Jenkins
Caroline Baxter/ John C. Campbell Folk School
Ray Jones
Tom Reardon/ Kathleen Doyle
Ilene Kay
Eugene King
Mary LaBianca
Nhia Lo
Vicki Love
Shannon Lucas
Greg Magruder
Joann Marie
Lynne Fiorenza/Mark Traub
Jeff McKinley
Lisa Mergen
Julie Merrill
Summer Merritt
Melanie Miller
Marti Mocahbee
Susan Mulvey
Stuart Nye Jewelry
Erich Orris
Tiffany Payne
Amy Pike
Jason Probstein
John Ransmeier
Tom Reardon / Kathleen Doyle
Audrey Laine Sawyer
Kelsey Schissel
Bonnie Scott
David Scott
Wendy Seaward
Christine Smith
Mike Sorge
Liz Spear
Susan Spies
Maya Stansbury
Jude Stuecker
Desmond Suarez
Cindy Sugg
Timothy Sullivan
Marc Tickle
Mary Timmer
Emily Tuttle
Vickie Vipperman
Florin Voicu
Tamela Wells
Bayley Wharton
Lyle Wheeler
Noel Yovovich
Rebecca Ziemer

CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS

Katherine Caldwell will be demonstrating Wheat Weaving upstairs during all four days of the fair.
Katherine Caldwell will be demonstrating Wheat Weaving upstairs during all four days of the fair.
Mike Lalone will be downstairs demonstrating wheel-thrown pottery.
Mike Lalone will be downstairs demonstrating wheel-thrown pottery.
Ronnie McMahan will be demonstrating his wood carving techniques upstairs during the fair.
Ronnie McMahan will be demonstrating his wood carving techniques upstairs during the fair.

Entertainment Schedule

TBA

Buncombe Turnpike
Buncombe Turnpike

Parking

The streets of Asheville will be bustling and parking can sometimes be problematic. In addition to Harrah’s Cherokee Center-Asheville’s parking garage below the building. For street parking, please utilize Asheville’s parking app for a real-time display of open parking spaces downtown. Asheville Parking App

On Saturday & Sunday, the following school parking lots will be empty for you to use:
Asheville Middle, Isaac Dickson, Montford North Star

Asheville Parking
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History

The Guild’s Craft Fair tradition started in 1948 in Gatlinburg, TN on the grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. At this inaugural fair, the Guild connected visitors with the most talented craftsmen and showed the importance of handicrafts in the life of southern Appalachia.

Today

Today, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held twice every year (July & October) in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at Harrah’s Cherokee Center. It brings together hundreds of makers in what has become a key event for craft. These events are unique in that they offer attendees the opportunity to connect with the artists by purchasing directly from them. In an age of mass production and global imports, the connection to fine American craft and the individual maker is often lost but more significant than ever.

Carla & Greg Filipelli basketry
Carla & Greg Filipelli basketry
Audrey Lane Collection jewelry
Audrey Lane Collection jewelry

More than two hundred craftspeople fill two floors of the Civic Center twice each year. Local musicians play live on the arena stage; craft educators share their knowledge with adults and children alike through demonstrations and hands-on projects. Eleven thousand visitors from all over the country participate in festivities during the four days of the show. Over the course of the event, nearly a million dollars are invested in the purchase of crafts.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

ABOUT THE GUILD

For 93 years, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has curated a group of juried artisans for the purpose of marketing, education, shared resources, and conservation of Appalachian Craft. Our four retail locations in Western North Carolina sell the work of over 800 of our juried members.

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