The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), Asheville

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The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) exhibits traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from nearly 1,000 craftspeople from nine states in the Appalachian region. The guild, chartered in 1930, fostered commerce for craftspeople of the region during the Great Depression. You'll have the chance to see live craft demonstrations in the center lobby. Tour the galleries to see examples of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, and other natural fiber arts and crafts. For an opportunity to purchase guild member work, stop in at the center's main gift shop, Allenstand, which claims to be the United States' oldest continuously running craft shop. Using our custom trip planner, Asheville attractions like The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Based on the name, we were expecting some backwoods type, primitive arts and crafts…that is SO not the case. It’s 2 stories of all sorts of crochet, quilts, pottery, woodworking, stained glass...  more »
  • Worth going even if you are not in the market for crafts. Interesting displays on crafts and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Very large store selling all manner of Appalachian crafts. Don't expect any.....  more »
  • Super cute museum and shop featuring local crafts and information about the area. Some really interesting carvings, doll and basket weaving and folk art. Shop has everything from homewares to Christmas tree ornaments, all made by local crafts people. Staff were friendly and helpful.
  • It is not like regular people stuff it has Style in the old fashion history way.

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