Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show - June 6 & 7

The 18th annual two-day Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The juried show features nearly 75 exhibitors of original handmade arts and crafts objects. 

A great crowd-pleaser, the annual event brings several thousand visitors to historic downtown Black Mountain each year. Exhibitions feature pottery, ceramics, jewelry, basketry, musical instruments, babyweaR, and art objects created from fabric, wood, metal, glass, fiber, and leather. Paintings, photographs, prints, other paper-based art, and gift items galore are also featured. 

The event is hosted by The Old Depot Association and Gallery, a community-based Black Mountain nonprofit organization. The Old Depot Gallery, located at 207 Sutton Avenue, in the historic downtown district, features a permanent showcase for Western North Carolina and other regional artists and crafters. 

“This year’s show is filled to overflowing with the best artisan works in the region,” said Gloria Cascio, event manager. “It’s a great time to discover new artworks and unique handmade items, and a perfect opportunity for early Christmas shopping.” 

The art fair includes free and abundant parking areas, a selection of food vendors, and musical entertainment. Musical lineup includes:

Saturday, June 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 noon: Sorella Jack
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Linda Mitchell
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Cheri
Sunday, June 7
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 noon: Marisa Page
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Toad Shade
2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Hope Griffin

For more information, link on to or call 828.669.6583.

The Old Depot Association, a nonprofit and volunteer organization, was formed in 1976 to protect and maintain the century-old Black Mountain train depot. The historic building houses The Old Depot Gallery, which promotes and encourages mountain crafters and artisans, presents free art demonstrations to share with the public, and awards funds to local Swannanoa Valley schools for arts programs. All crafters must be Association members and reside within Western North Carolina. 

Located 15 miles from Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountain region, Black Mountain is acclaimed as the home of the tradition-breaking Black Mountain College, a progressive force in education and the arts from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. 

Each year, the Town of Black Mountain’s reputation grows as a dynamic center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture, and musical events, attracting visitors from across the nation and abroad to its historic downtown featuring shops, galleries, and caf├ęs.

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