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“Folk Art Center is a nice place to stop on the Parkway, buuut...”

Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center
Ranked #9 of 195 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art center, which also houses the first craft shop in the U.S.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The Folk Art Center is a nice place to stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and provides a good starting point for a day trip into the mountains from Asheville, but I find the quality of the artwork to be mediocre, some downright kitchy, and definitely not worth the gallery price tags. I prefer to shop the River Arts District, out-of-the-way galleries, and local artist co-ops. It's still worth a stop, though... you can pick-up your Blue Ridge roadmap and use the facilities while you're there.

Thank B K
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We experienced various artists and their creations being made right on site. We saw so many artistic pieces at the location spending more than 2 1/2 hours there.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We've visited here on previous occasions, and did go back this month, so we must've enjoyed it! Hosting a wide variety of handmade crafts, the Folk Art Center is an interesting venue, nicely appointed with many things such as furniture, wooden spoons, ladles, spatulas, woven articles of clothing, lots of jewelry, much pottery, glassware and the like. Much of their wares were a bit too "country" for my taste; however, I have no doubt most would find it interesting.

The jewelry did capture my attention and there were some beautiful pieces; but was very high-priced. I did buy another wooden utensil which was affordable and will last a lifetime.

There was a young man blowing glass ornaments outside and a man inside making bowls with a lathe. A nice stop for an hour or so, just outside lovely and lively Asheville.

Thank IAmEve7
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

When we visited there were 3 crafters working their trades, a glass blower, a chair caner and a wood worker. We absolutely loved the displays, the art and the gifts. There is no admission charge so what's holding you back?

Thank NeilfromDayton
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a very worthwhile stop on your trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway! One of the nicest folk art centers I've seen, with reasonable prices and a great selection of goods.
We debated on stopping but are so glad we did!

Thank renomo
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