For more than a century, Asheville has had a potent association with the Arts and Crafts motion, an intercontinental craze in decorative and fine arts that swept the United States all over 1900 just after originating in the British Isles.

“The Asheville area’s very long, rich heritage of mountain crafts was correctly positioned to transition into the arts and crafts motion,” says Bruce Johnson, director of the National Arts and Crafts Convention and Reveals, held every year at The Omni Grove Park Inn. “By 1920, many mentioned firms experienced blossomed below, like Biltmore Industries, Brown’s Pottery, the Artisan’s Shop, The Spinning Wheel and Pisgah Forest Pottery, building goods by hand for sale to tourists and place residents.”

Immediately after likely virtual in 2021, the conference returns to The Omni Grove Park Inn Friday-Sunday, Feb. 18-20.

The 35th yearly conference will characteristic morning and evening seminars by foremost authorities, each day demonstrations by artisans, strolling tours, small group discussions and the country’s largest Arts and Crafts antiques demonstrate, which is open up to the general public every single afternoon. The shows will operate 1-6 p.m. Friday, midday-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

“The afternoon demonstrates are the emphasize of the weekend,” Johnson claims.

They will element 100 national artisans and antiques sellers, all of whom are exhibiting will work designed all through or affected by the Arts and Crafts model. On exhibit will be new and classic Arts and Crafts design household furniture, art pottery, tiles, textiles, lighting, jewelry, rugs and artwork.

Several local artisans will participate, like furnishings maker Brian Brace, woodcarver Fran Moore, jeweler Amy Brandenburg and inside designer Karen Hovde.

Admission is $5, and tickets are very good for all three days. Outdoor parking at The Omni Grove Park Inn is absolutely free that weekend. Garage parking is cost-free for the very first 3 hours. Masks are demanded. For additional facts, go to

Vinyl goes digital

Citizen Vinyl has launched “The Mezzanine,” a podcast collection showcasing interviews with artists and musicians. Attendees will include individuals from Asheville as properly as nationwide functions passing through while on tour.

“The theme of the show is analyzing how history demonstrates up in the present,” claims Cass Herrington, the show’s producer. “We unpack artists’ backstories in a way that I feel listeners will make connections to their possess lives.”

The podcast is named right after the second-floor lofts at Citizen Vinyl, housed in the historic Citizen Times building on O. Henry Avenue. “I required to reference a actual physical house where by persons can acquire since the pandemic has set so a great deal on maintain — concert events, performances, festivals,” Herrington states.

The very first episode, which was posted this thirty day period, capabilities an job interview with Asheville guitarist and singer Mike Martinez. Herrington suggests an specific agenda for upcoming releases is even now uncertain as Citizen Vinyl seeks sponsorships.

“The Mezzanine” can be uncovered on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, as properly as at

Just take a tour

Hood Huggers Intercontinental, which sales opportunities excursions highlighting Asheville’s Black heritage, will offer free excursions to African Us residents who reside in Buncombe County by way of the close of the month.

The driving tours protect the Burton Avenue neighborhood, downtown and East Close/Valley Road, checking out this sort of web pages as the YMI Cultural Heart, the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, The Block, the Burton Road Local community Peace Yard, Triangle Park and Pack Square, previous internet site of slave auctions.

“The history of Black folks and Black resilience in Asheville is so prosperous, but frequently not fully recognized, acknowledged or realized by the neighborhood local community,” claims Catherine Siravantha, communications specialist for Hood Huggers. “We’d like to make this deeper academic and cultural expertise much more obtainable to the Black people residing in the area to assistance cultivate a deeper understanding of the history of these neighborhoods, encouraging deeper discussions about the state of Black Asheville.”

Tours can be scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information and facts or to book a tour, visit

Understanding chance

Retired educator Betty J. Reed will go over her exploration into the the Brevard Rosenwald University and other segregated universities in Western North Carolina for the duration of a Zoom presentation on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. The Black Record Month occasion is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association.

The Brevard Rosenwald College served Black pupils in Transylvania County from about 1923-66. Reed says it represents “a microcosm of Black instruction in southern Appalachia.”

Reed, who lives in Transylvania County, started investigating Rosenwald colleges as a surveyor for the Condition Archives of North Carolina in 2002. She is the author of 3 textbooks: The Brevard Rosenwald Faculty: Black Schooling and Neighborhood Building in a Southern Appalachian Town, 1920-1966 College Segregation in Western North Carolina and Troopers in Petticoats.

Tickets are $5 for WNCHA associates and $10 for other people. Donations are encouraged. For a lot more information, go to

Affair to recall

Artwork Affair, the annual fundraiser for OpenDoors of Asheville, requires place Saturday, March 5, at The Location, 21 N. Marketplace St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for individuals with VIP tickets and 7 p.m. for typical admission.

The concept of this year’s party is “We Rise” and encompasses a VIP UNC-Duke basketball activity check out celebration, live and cell auctions that involve artwork and travel ordeals, together with food stuff, reside songs and leisure that includes OpenDoors college students.

OpenDoors is a nonprofit that operates with parents and faculties to increase access to mentoring, tutoring, faculty activities, athletics and extracurricular functions, summer months camp and much more for underserved college students.

Basic admission tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are $175. To acquire tickets, visit


The Buncombe County General public Libraries methods has been given an American Rescue Approach Act grant to launch the Flowstate Group Arts Initiative.

All through the calendar year, the library will host six neighborhood artists or craftspeople, every single for a phrase of one particular thirty day period, in Flowstate Local community Arts House at the East Asheville General public Library. In addition to concentrating on their very own creative projects, artists will hold business office hrs to response inquiries about their do the job. Each artist will also give a program or acquire-dwelling action for local community users during their residency.

Every artist will get a compact stipend as perfectly as components utilized for systems or functions. Artists have been decided on in session with Noir Collective AVL at the YMI Cultural Centre in Asheville.

The initially Flowstate artist in residence is printmaker Heather Tolbert, co-proprietor of From the Ashes Cultural Arts & Counseling. Her time period started on Feb. 1 and will run by means of Friday, Feb. 25.

East Asheville Community Library is at 3 Avon Highway. For more facts, visit

By Indana