In a world filled with so much cheap, mass produced crapola, the expertly crafted work of master artisans stands in stark contrast. It's refreshing to see see work thoughtfully designed and executed by craftsmen of every medium who love their work, the creative process and the interaction with their clients. That is what the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is all about.
Ever since I moved to Asheville in 2009, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been one of the highlights of my year. Even before I was a member of the Guild, I would go and see the show just to be around these incredible artists and the beautiful work they produce throughout the year. Luckily, I now get to count myself among the members of the Guild since 2011 and what an honor it continues to be!
This year, as usual, I'm downstairs on the arena floor. The Fall show is really fun and there are tons of people there from all over the country, most who are visiting for what we call "Leaf Season" here in the mountains. I love that because it means that the work we create here in the Asheville, NC area is being seen all over the country and internationally when it goes to it's forever home. Yesterday, I was privileged to sell a piece that's now headed to Europe as a gift for a family member. WOW!
Each year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held the 3rd weekend of July and of October. For many it's a must see with vacations being planned around their attendance. If you've never been, or if you've not been in a while I hope you'll consider coming to the show this weekend! The fair runs Thursday - Sunday, October 15-18 from 10am - 6pm daily downtown at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.