Silence by guild member Robert Milnes. On display at the "Hand Over Matter" Focus Gallery located at the Folk Art Center, NC.

Dates: May 24 – Aug.19, 2024


828-298-7928 (Folk Art Center)

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The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens Hand Over Matter in the Focus Gallery of the Folk Art Center

Location: Folk Art Center | Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville, NC

Hours: Open Daily 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

Focus Gallery Exhibit: Hand Over Matter

Asheville, NC- The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its second member-focused exhibition of the year with Hand Over Matter, featuring both traditional and contemporary craft by five members of the Guild. The colorful glass pieces on display are by Billy Berstein, the clay sculptures by Robert Milnes, marbled silk by Pam Granger Gale, polymer clay jewelry by Tamela Wells, and wood-carved sculptures by Christine Smith.

Robert Milnes speaks on his work in the show, “The first four of the pieces are from a series that I did last year based on a book that was very important to me when I was struggling over those young person questions of what do I know, how do I know it, what will I do with my life, etc. I still ask those questions regularly. The book that helped me at the time was the ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus,’ by Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most important western philosophers in the first half of the twentieth century. I say that it was his writings that enabled me to be an artist. The four sculptures include propositions from the book, starting with ‘The world is all that is the case’ and ending with ‘What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.’ I’m a material-based sculptor with an ongoing list of questions about objects, ideas, and expressions.”

Hand Over Matter will be on view in the focus gallery upstairs at the Folk Art Center May 24-Aug. 19, 2024. The Folk Art Center is located in east Asheville. Visit the center daily from 10am-5pm. Admission is free.


The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

Items will be available for purchase online soon. Until then, you can purchase these items through the Folk Art Center by contacting us: [email protected] or 828-298-7928 starting May 24, 2024.

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