Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month
The best of traditional and contemporary craft is just a trail away in July during Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month 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 in 2020 and has partnered with Henderson County Tourism to celebrate these trails throughout the month of July.
There are 14 craft sites on the Henderson County trails. Visitors can opt 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 will add to your experience.
Below are links to each Blue Ridge Craft Trail’s 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 initiative.
(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.
See below or go to the Visitor Center’s online Calendar of Events for updates about special events and happenings throughout Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month. You can also stay up to date on these events by following the Facebook pages of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the Hendersonville Visitor Center.
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 on each Craft Trail:
- 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.
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.
- Pink House Studio – Formerly Art on Fourth, this home studio exhibits the multi-media work of Heidi Mayfield and also hosts art classes.
- 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.
- Apple Country Woodcrafters – This membership-based nonprofit uses woodworking skills to benefit economically disadvantaged children. Members also pursue personal projects in the workshop.
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 – In partnership with Historic Johnson Farm, this group transformed an original boarding house into a fiber arts center.
Special Events Taking Place This Year For Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month:
- Jewelry Demonstrations
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, from 11am – 5pm each day
Melinda Lawton’s Sweet Magnolia Gallery
Watch Melinda turn stones and metal into intricately designed, wearable works of art
- Artist Demonstrations
July 10, 1 – 4 PM
The Gallery at Flat Rock
Watch artists perform their skills in jewelry making, woodwork and ceramics.
- Open House
July 11, 1 – 4 PM
Apple Country Woodcrafters
See demonstrations including wood carving, turning, and furniture and toy building.
- Encaustic wax demonstration
July 17, 10 – 11:30 AM, 1 – 2:30 PM
Pink House Studio
Watch Heidi Mayfield work her magic with the oldest modern painting medium.
- Craft Demonstration
July 17, 11 AM – 3 PM
Firefly Craft Gallery
Meet one of Firefly Craft Gallery’s most talented couples, Joyce and Mark Henneberry.
- Pottery demonstration
July 18, 10 – 11:30 AM, 1 – 2:30 PM
Pink House Studio
Heidi Mayfield practices a style called “live edge” pottery.
- Kiln Firing
July 18, 1 – 6 PM
Dian Magie Pottery
More than 300 pots will be fired to temperatures over 2,000 degrees.
- Open Studio
July 24, 10 AM – 4 PM
Lorraine Cathey Fiberworks/Dian Magie Pottery
Lorraine will demonstrate needle felting, and Dian’s wood-fired pottery will be available.