A friend and I drove to Asheville today for the ribbon cutting at the new Southern Highland Craft Gallery in Biltmore Village. It's in a historic building and this is a historic event for the Guild... the owning and opening of this gallery! I've been one of the many Guild members through the past several years who've advocated for this step--the purchase of brick and mortar property in which to house if not all of the Guild's operations, at least some of them. With the ribbon cutting today, the reception tomorrow and the "soft opening" that happened earlier in the summer, it's a reality!
Some photos from today's event follow. I hope some of you might be able to visit the Guild's shops, either the new SHCG Gallery in Biltmore Village, Allanstand at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, the Guild Gallery on Tunnel Road in Asheville, the Arrowcraft Shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Cumberland Crafts Center, in Kentucky, or the Parkway Craft Center, at Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a 900+ juried membership organization and I'm very proud to have been a member since 1979. I was given a Life Membership in 2009 and that honor mean quite a lot to me.
Read more about the Guild's history here.
|Here's Tom Bailey, the Guild's Executive Director, getting ready for the ribbon cutting!|