Special Events

Our Educational Event Series consists of free interactive events that take place at the Folk Art Center throughout the year on Saturdays, 10am-4pm. In addition to our educational events, our Holiday Sales (first two weekends in December) and Mini Pop-up Craft Fairs (May and June) take place at the Folk Art Center. Find our Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in downtown Asheville at Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville in July and October.

Daily Demonstrations

When you visit the Folk Art Center March-December, you'll be greeted in the lobby with craft demonstrations by member artisans of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Woodcarving Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 13 @ 10:00 am - August 15 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Ronnie McMahan will be demonstrating how he carves a realistic wild turkey feather, as well as discussing various woodcarving and finishing techniques. He will be in the lobby of the…

Bead Embroidery Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 13 @ 10:00 am - August 14 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Martine House will be demonstrating the various ways she incorporates beading into her intricate fiber creations. She will be in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue…

Jewelry Demo at Moses Cone Manor

August 14 @ 10:00 am - August 17 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Ilene Kay will be demonstrating cutting, polishing, soldering, and assembling her argentium silver and colored titanium jewelry. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the the Moses…

Crochet Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 15 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Rita de Maintenon will be demonstrating heritage crochet lace techniques, with project samples of the various types, and an extra chair in her booth for curious visitors who might want…

Glass Air Plant Wall Vase - Metallic Blue/Red/Yellow Swirl

Blown Glass Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 16 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Jason Probstein will be demonstrating how he turns glass rods into swirly, colorful ornaments, goblets, and vases. He will be in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the…

Wooden Flute Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 19 @ 10:00 am - August 21 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Lee Entrekin will be demonstrating the making and playing of wooden and bamboo Native American-style flutes in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors…

Fiber Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 19 @ 10:00 am - August 22 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Jen York will be demonstrating a variety of fiber techniques: shibori dyeing in Indigo; free-motion thread painting and applique for apparel and home décor; and intricate paper cutting and illustration…

Bookbinding Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 23 @ 10:00 am - August 25 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Chad Alice Hagen will be demonstrating bookbinding techniques she uses to create both felted and leather-bound notebooks, travel journals, and mini-book necklaces. She will be in the lobby of the…

Bird Carving Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 23 @ 10:00 am - August 24 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

John Dickens will be demonstrating the woodcarving techniques he uses to create his wonderful bird sculptures. He will be in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue…

Needle Felting Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 25 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Lorraine Cathey will be demonstrating how she “paints” landscapes using colored wool roving and a barbed felting needle. She will be in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on…

Pottery Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 26 @ 10:00 am - August 28 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

David Grant will be demonstrating wheel throwing in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to watch and ask questions while the…

Marbling Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 28 @ 10:00 am - August 31 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Pam Granger Gale will be demonstrating the ancient and magical art of marbling in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to…

Wood Surface Design Demo at the Folk Art Center

August 29 @ 10:00 am - August 31 @ 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Valerie Berlage (who you may have seen on one of our Craft Fair billboards in July!) will be demonstrating the surface treatments she uses to create her joyful textured, painted,…

Tapestry Weaving Demo at Moses Cone Manor

August 30 @ 10:00 am - September 1 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Sandy Adair will be demonstrating how she creates her large mountain landscapes on a tapestry loom. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the the Moses Cone…

Jewelry Demo at Moses Cone Manor

September 8 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Ilene Kay will be demonstrating cutting, polishing, soldering, and assembling her argentium silver and colored titanium jewelry. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the the Moses…

Pottery Demo at Moses Cone Manor

September 19 @ 10:00 am - September 23 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Lynn Jenkins will demonstrate wheel-thrown pottery techniques, as well as some of the ways she prepares the surfaces of her pots for firing. This demonstration will be held on the…

Fiber Adornments Demo at Moses Cone Manor

September 27 @ 10:00 am - September 29 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Hat-maker Julia Gaunt will be demonstrating how she adorns her hats with flowers made from wool and ribbon. She will also demonstrate some free motion sewing techniques for writing, drawing,…

Tapestry Weaving Demo at Moses Cone Manor

October 4 @ 10:00 am - October 6 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Sandy Adair will be demonstrating how she creates her large mountain landscapes on a tapestry loom. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the the Moses Cone…

Broom Making Demo at Moses Cone Manor

October 10 @ 10:00 am - October 13 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Peter Werner will be demonstrating traditional Appalachian broom-tying, which is how he creates his whisks, cake testers, and large sweepers. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of…

Cottonwood Bark Carving Demo at Moses Cone Manor

October 14 @ 10:00 am - October 16 @ 4:00 pm
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Moses Cone Manor

Tom Gow will be demonstrating how he carves whimsical cottages out of the thick bark of fallen cottonwood trees. This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the…

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