Starting out right in 2013

January 9, 2013

I love making lists, so January is the most exciting time of year for me because it’s filled with exciting plans for the year to come. With twelve months ahead, it feels like there is so much potential for growth as an organization and endless opportunities for personal and artistic development all around. Most recently, we’ve been working on plans for exhibitions that are going up this week around Western North Carolina and if you have a chance to get out and see a little bit of the talent of WNC represented, it will definitely be worth your while!
We have several cases in the I-26 West Welcome Center that showcase the work of regional craft artists and information about various craft artist supportive organizations throughout WNC. This month, the cases will change to showcase an AWE (Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs) exhibit showcasing HandMade in America members who also participate in our AWE program and they will be displaying everything from ceramics to wall hangings. The Mars Hill Welcome Center ( and the Folk Arts Center will both have cases of their own to fill with information about the goings-on of their respective organizations, and Western Carolina University will be changing out their cases as well. Come by to see what’s new at I-26 at Mile Marker 6, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Drew Reisinger, our Buncombe County Register of Deeds has invited us to do a quilt show at the downtown office for the second year in a row. Our last show–Under Cover–showcased some extremely talented quilters, including…
Laurel Reinhardt (
Kathy Spencer
Cheryl Kotecki (
Caroline Manheimer (
Janice Maddox
Celtic Lass by Karen Hawkins
Sugar creamer set by Cathey Bolton
Our 2013 show, Pieced, should be no exception. We’ll take some pictures of the show and post them before the end of the month, so stay tuned…The Beverly-Hanks office is another location where we change out regular exhibitions, and this time around we are featuring Chris Perryman, a local woodworker whose craftsmanship definitely stands out in a community so rich with talented artisans. He makes furniture, dinner ware, candle holders, and jewelry, to name a few. Stop by the office to see Chris’ beautiful wares displayed: One Town Square Blvd., Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28803. (Learn more about Chris Perryman at Asheville Art Museum has a few amazing shows up right now. Check out their exhibitions page to see all of the great artists they have represented:
This is going to be a great year for HandMade, so thanks for sharing it with us!

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