8 Places in WNC that Prove that Art Should be Accessible to All

There has always been a rich atmosphere of creation throughout Western North Carolina. The Appalachian mountains have a storied history of handmade crafts, ranging from weaving to woodworking, pottery to jewelry. Fine artists have been attracted to the area for more than a century, as well. Innovative artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, […]

Angela Alexander has Found an Artist’s Best Friend

When you step into the studio of painter Angela Alexander, you are immediately awestruck by the bright and vibrant nature of her pieces, a style that seamlessly complements her warm personality. “I want my art to make people happy—it’s the heart and soul,” she said. “It’s a joy to watch people walk into my studio […]

From Their Hands: Western North Carolina’s Crafting Tradition

Using your hands to make what you need or desire has long been a regular practice among the creative minds and curious spirits of Western North Carolina. If you can’t find it or afford it, you build it. This region has a storied history of handmade crafts, ranging from weaving to woodworking, pottery to jewelry. […]

Picking a Path: Blue Ridge Music Trails of Western North Carolina

It was over a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council launched the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a wide-ranging and vital initiative that came to fruition in 2013. Encompassing 29 counties in Western North […]

Forging a Way Forward: The Jackson County Green Energy Park

Stepping into the blacksmithing studio at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, the continuous sound of hammers crashing down on metal echoed loudly out of the warehouse and into the high peaks of nearby mountains. “And when I hear that hammering, I know we’re on the right track,” said Timm Muth, director of […]

Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain Author Calls Asheville Home

What does it mean to share the depths of your soul and imagination with the world, and yet find solace those moments of silence only gathered on your own time and terms? For Charles Frazier, it means disappearing into the backwoods of Western North Carolina on his mountain bike or perhaps sliding into the back […]

The Impact of Local Art Galleries in WNC

Art impacts how we perceive and interpret culture. Western North Carolina’s many galleries have created exciting downtown destinations for artists and art lovers alike. But more importantly, art spaces add new life and a sense of identity to our neighborhoods. “All the galleries of downtown Waynesville bring a tremendous amount to the community. We have […]