Meander through the scenic mountain valleys to visit 50 artists in their studios and galleries.
Get the tour map and drive country roads to visit as many of the studios as you want.
The Folk Art Center is the most popular attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway, welcoming 250,000 visitors each year.
Shop the wonderful Southern Highland Craft Guild store (pic above) with a big variety of creations from hundreds of artists, browse rotating exhibitions in several galleries and watch an artist at work.
Glass & Metal Day April 1, 2017, 10 AM-4 PMSee 20 Guild members showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal, 10 AM-4 PM.
Watch blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and more.
Demonstrations include carving, wood turning, broom making, and furniture design and construction. Guild Artists' Holiday Sale Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10 AM-4 PMSaturday, December 9, 2017, 10 AM-4 PMMembers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work 10-50% off retail.
Heritage Weekend Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 AM-4 PM & Sunday, September 17, 12–5 PMCelebrate heritage crafts of the Appalachian Mountains with traditional craftspeople showing craft techniques with hand tools, native materials, and lots of ingenuity through demonstrations in the native arts. Don’t miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2-3 PM. The sale (10 AM until 4 PM) is an excellent opportunity for the artist to liquidate overstocks, try out new techniques, and sell studio seconds. History Chartered in 1930, the Southern Highland Craft Guild would grow to become one of the strongest craft organizations in the country.