Visiting Asheville NC during Oct 3 to 12? If so, then come by MOUNTAIN MADE, a downtown art gallery to watch live art demos during American Craft Week.
As part of this 10-day event celebrating American handcrafted arts and crafts, the gallery will be hosting a series of live art demonstrations conducted by several Asheville artists.
So what exactly is American Craft Week?
According to AmericanCraftWeek.com, it is …”An opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft.”
American Craft Week is dedicated to increasing awareness of the integral role craftspeople and artists play in creating vibrant, thriving, and sustainable local communities and economies. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”
“By taking part in the celebration, people are joining in on the trend of buying American-made products and shopping locally,” said American Craft Week founder and co-chair Diane Sulg.
“In a culture of mass production, we’re seeing a reverse trend in which people are seeking out handcrafted work that tells a story and opportunities to connect with the craft artists who make
Melinda Knies, owner of the Asheville art gallery, MOUNTAIN MADE says,
“The American Craft Week event is more than just a way to promote individual artists or small business retailers – it is also a way to share people's love of traditionally handcrafted art and a belief in the future American-made crafts…”
“…The American Craft Movement is a growing trend of discerning art lovers and collectors who want to beautify their homes and enrich their offices with locally produced crafts and handmade artwork."
"These art pieces reflect the unique creativity and quality craftsmanship of our American artisans, especially those here in Asheville.” she says.
Mrs. Knies goes on to say, “Not to mention it’s becoming cool again to buy things labeled 'Handmade in America'!"
As a participate in ACW, Mountain Made Gallery will host one of the 40+ special events scheduled in the Asheville area and though out six counties in Western North Carolina.
ACW Events & Live Art Demos at Mountain Made Art Gallery in October 2014
Mountain Made will host 6 different events and live art demonstrations during the month of October in celebration of American Craft Week (ACW):
ACW Kickoff Friday – Come by the Mountain Made gallery and join our staff along with our greater community of local artists for a reception on Friday, October 3, 2014 (5PM – 8PM) to kickoff American Craft Week.
Along with food and fun, the gallery will also exhibit for the first time, all 5 the completed artworks from its summer-long interactive art project, “Art – No Talent Required.”
The interactive project is open to the public, and adults along with children of all ages are once again invited to participate in creating the final art piece for the series, October’s “Glorious Fall.”
Saturday Oct 4, 2014 – Asheville Metalwork Artist, Jim Begthol – Handcrafted Wire Bonsai Trees. Jim will in the gallery from 11AM to 4PM, hand twisting a tree from over a 1000 individual pieces of wire for his demo.
Friday Oct 10, 2014 – Asheville Fiber Artist, Paige Houghton – Handmade Fiber Bowls. Paige will be, displaying her unique bowls made from mohair, wool and other fibers in the gallery’s mini-studio from 11AM to 4PM.
Saturday Oct 11, 2014 – Asheville Quilter, Bonnie Lucas – Plant (Leaf) Pounding Wall Art and Quilts. Bonnie will be taking her favorite hammer and literally be pounding out some colorful leaves for her wonderful work in the gallery from 11AM to 4PM.
Saturday Oct 18, 2014 – Asheville Ceramic Artists, Jean and Carl Saake – Hand Sculpted Birds and Fruit. Jean and Carl, who are master craftsmen with over 67 years of experience, will be hand-painting their whimsical ceramic birds and fruits in the gallery from 11AM to 4PM.
Saturday Oct 25, 2014 – Asheville Ceramic Artist, Sondra Hasting – Hand Sculpted Meditation Plates & Nativity Scenes. Sondra will be on hand to exhibit her wonderful Nativity Scene pieces along with her popular meditation plates.
The Mountain Made staff invites anyone visiting downtown Asheville on the above dates to drop by and watch these wonderful Asheville artists in action.