In addition to nearly 200 fine craft exhibitors and educational demonstrations the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands also presents live regional music. Today local band Woody Pines graced the arena stage for the first time. “I pick and choose the best sounding stuff,” said Pines. “Everything from swing band to old country blues goes into our music, along with life’s influences.” Thanks to Woody Pines for coming out to support the Southern Highland Craft Guild - we hope they will play for us at a future Craft Fair.

The music continues tomorrow with Red June, Bear Down Easy, The Fabulous Guildenaires, and The Moore Brothers Band.
Maud Boleman, booth 225

Tim Hall, booth 412

Kathryn Faille, booth 218

Ed Byers, booth 11

Jason Green, booth 21

The Guild is pleased to welcome the above members to the Craft Fair for the first time as exhibitors. It is always great to see new work and new faces at the show. We encourage you to go by and welcome them.

Day 2 of the July Show enjoyed a steady stream of visitors. We also had several visits from the local media including the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress, WLOS - Asheville, and WYFF - Greenville/Spartanburg. The music schedule started today and continues through the weekend.

The Summer Edition of the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has begun! Featuring nearly 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations and live regional music, the show takes place at the Asheville Civic Center and runs through Sunday. Here are a few images from the show's first day.

Fair Director Janet Wiseman and Guild Member Billie Ruth Sudduth

Billie Ruth announced that this will be her last craft fair. She will still be making baskets in Bakersville and selling them in fine craft galleries, but this will be her last show. Come by and see her and celebrate all the wonderful years she has been an exhibitor!

Felt making demonstration by Breanna Rockstad Kincaid

Demonstration by the Asheville Quilt Guild

Lace making by Rita de Maintenon

Quilt design demonstration by Elizabeth Garlington

Children's craft projects with Arts for Life

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Asheville Civic Center to celebrate the first day of the July Craft Fair. We'll be updating the blog daily with more glimpses from the show.