A new exhibit featuring the works of nearly three dozen Western North Carolina craft artists opens at the Western Office of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Asheville, North Carolina. The exhibit is an extension of the new Blue Ridge Craft Trails. It highlights the diverse works of craft found in the North Carolina mountains and foothills.
Artists in the exhibit include Billy J. Welch of Robbinsville with a hand-carved Cherokee Booger Mask, Pam Silva of Brasstown with a “flower vase” made of Merino wool and silk, and Janice MacDonald of Morganton with a “mica fish” crafted from screen wire and mica mined from local mountains.
“We are excited to showcase some of the best craft artists in our region,” said Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Executive Director Angie Chandler. “Their work is remarkable – you can tell they are inspired by the natural beauty and distinctive culture of Western North Carolina.”
The exhibit is made possible through a partnership between North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Appalachian Regional Commission, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.