The Folk Art Center opens Creating Textures in the Focus Gallery
On Friday November 17, the Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its final focus gallery show of 2023, Creating Textures; on view until February 2024.This exhibition features the work of five Guild members: Michael Hatch (glass),Valerie Berlage (wood), Joseph Rhodes (jewelry), Barry Rhodes (clay), and Joanna Warren (leather). The Folk Art Center is open daily from 10am-5pm located at milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway. Admission is free.
The glass face jugs in the exhibit are by glassblower, Michael Hatch, Guild member since 2005. “My Face Jug series is inspired by ceramic vessels made in the Appalachian region for over one hundred years,” states Hatch. “When I first started this series twenty years ago there was no one else making Appalachian style face jugs in glass. Each piece in this series begins by blowing and shaping the vessel. The facial features are made by applying and sculpting bits of molten glass. The textures and colors are created by sifting colored glass powders onto the surface during the blowing process.”
Located on the second level of the Folk Art Center, these exhibitions feature both traditional and contemporary works by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and affiliated organizations. The 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.