Blue Ridge Craft Trails
The best of traditional and contemporary craft is just a trail away during Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month this July in Henderson County.
Three distinct trails guide visitors through the towns of Hendersonville and Flat Rock, and into the Blue Ridge Mountain countryside, showcasing nationally-renowned artists in their studios and galleries.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area debuted the trails earlier this year and has partnered with Henderson County Tourism to celebrate these trails throughout the month of July. To find a brochure with maps, trails and more information, stop by the Visitor Center or find it online here.
The craft sites on the Henderson County trail allow visitors to follow entire trails, or pick and choose from among various artists. Along the way, Hendersonville’s pedestrian-friendly downtown, numerous outdoor activities and abundance of craft beverages on the Cheers! Trail add to the experience.
Below are links to each Blue Ridge Crafts Trail page on the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website. Each page also contains a handy tool for creating customized itineraries:
Wandering Flat Rock – known as the “little Charleston of the mountains,” the village of Flat Rock has inspired artists for decades, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg.
The Heart of Hendersonville – enjoy the graceful ambiance of sidewalk shops, restaurants, and galleries sitting side-by-side, doors flung open in good weather.
Finding Wonder in the Henderson Co. Outskirts – as the county sprawls out toward higher ground, artists of every stripe nestle into its nooks and crannies.
Renowned craft curator Anna Fariello worked to identify the best of the best for the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. The artists are excited to be part of this new initiative, especially after shutting their doors for months because of COVID-19.
(One important note: Be sure to review the info about each studio before visiting – a few studios are by appointment only. Links and details about each gallery and studio are at the bottom of this page.)
A treasure trove of craftspeople is the backbone of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. However, visitors are encouraged to round out their day with other craft experiences, from finding wineries, breweries and cideries on the Cheers! Trail to enjoying scenic tours and hikes.
An amazing video about Henderson County’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails will be released each Wednesday in July on the Facebook pages of the Hendersonville Visitor Center and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Make a weekend out of it with a vast selection of lodging in Henderson County, including cabins, cottages and vacation rentals. The most extensive directory of local lodging is available here.
Here’s the full list of artists/galleries featured during July Craft Trails Month:
- Gallery at Flat Rock – A noted gallery of contemporary art and crafts curated from regionally and nationally acclaimed artists working in all mediums.
- Firefly Craft Gallery – A gallery of all-American craft, from hand-blown glass, pottery, ceramics, wood artwork and woodcarving to wearable fiber art, fine furniture and stained glass.
- Melinda Lawton’s Sweet Magnolia Gallery – Timeless jewelry fashions made by Lawton, a designer for film and television for almost 30 years.By appointment only.
Heart of Hendersonville
- Art MoB Studios and Marketplace – A gallery with 4,000 square feet of fine art and fine craft, including five working artist studios.
- Art on 4th – Owner Heidi Mayfield has created a place where art, art classes, music and creative energies come together.
- Woodlands Gallery – Resembling the curated home of a private collector, this gallery is committed to regionally made, high-quality, nature-inspired art.
- A Walk in the Woods – This gallery gives the sense of being in a forest, with tree bark and moss lining the walls, alongside a wide range of eclectic works, many of them wearable.
- Carolina Mountain Artist Guild – This non-profit gallery sells handcrafted items and is operated by local, juried artists, so there is always an artist on duty while the shop is open.
Henderson County Outskirts
- Meghan Bernard Pottery – Meghan creates wheel-thrown porcelain that is carved and inlaid with colorful, whimsical scenes depicting plants and animals seen in her gardens and neighborhood. By appointment only.
- Lorraine Cathey Fiberworks – Lorraine uses needle felting and wet felting to create colorful felted landscapes of natural scenes that are reminiscent of rich paintings. By appointment only.
- Dian Magie Pottery – Dian crafts pottery using a sgrafitto method to create decorative images of the many native plants on her property. By appointment only.
- Leftwich Pottery – Potter and author Rodney Leftwich creates a wide selection of high-fired durable folk and art pottery inspired by wildlife, waterfalls, farms and mountain folk. By appointment only.
- Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists – Located at Historic Johnson Farm, the center offers hands-on learning in the fiber arts, including weaving, rug hooking, spinning and knitting.