American Folk Art & Framing, Asheville

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Because contemporary folk art is so expressive, colorful and full of emotion it is important to select artists whose work is acclaimed as well to acknowledge new talent. We love narrative in paintings, and that feeling of being welcomed to a community, a home, an artist's life. The self-taught artist is brave: with no training to fall back upon, their heart, resourcefulness and natural born talent shines through.

Additionally, Southern folk pottery traditions run deep and wide in this region; our focus is on potters who are still employing wood-fired kilns and hand-digging their own local clay and glaze materials (aka ‘wild clay'). The famous clay communities are all represented--Penland School, Seagrove, Asheville, the Catawba Valley as well as a few face jug makers from the mountains of Georgia. Several of our potters are making stoneware tableware sets, and all of our potters are creating pieces that are both functional and beautiful.

We represent over forty artists from across the South and Deep South, folks whose paintings and pottery will bring an other special story to your home and life.
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  • This powerful, little shop is a “must do” on visits to Asheville. I not only enjoy browsing, but have acquired many pieces, both by in-person shopping and virtually attending their specialty shows...  more »
  • I just purchased my second painting by Cornbread and I love it. I live in Kansas so every purchase is online. I can't say enough about how helpful and friendly Julie is. She packs better than most...  more »
  • We love this gallery, possibly just because Betsy Rose is such a charming and knowledgeable dealer....and it's just fun to visit. It's our go-to spot in Asheville, every time.
  • I love looking through the collection of folk art housed here. It is an amazing collection of artwork. Every time I enter, I find something which fascinates me or captures my imagination.

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