HENDERSONVILLE — Explore the craft trails of Henderson County this July and meet the artists who live and work here.
Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month highlights three distinct trails throughout Henderson County that bring together studios and galleries filled with work by nationally renowned artists. 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, creating their own itineraries based upon geography and personal interest.
This year’s event includes artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and other special events.
“When people come to our area, they have things in mind that we are known for, and one of those is handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts,” says Michelle Owens, director of Henderson County Tourism. “Craft Trails Month is a way to highlight these wonderful artisans, so visitors are able to find what they’re looking for.”
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The second annual Craft Trails Month is a partnership between the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which introduced the trails in 2020 and is working on similar initiatives in 25 WNC counties.
“We’re excited that Henderson County is celebrating July as Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month,” says Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “This monthlong event emphasizes the richness of talent in the area. Henderson County is a perfect example of how Western North Carolina is a vibrant center for craft.”
Here are the three trails, with links to the map for each one:
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Throughout the month, visitors can experience a wood kiln firing at Dian Magie Pottery, see Lorraine Cathey work her magic with needle felting, marvel as Melinda Lawton turns metal and stones into intricately designed jewelry, and watch blocks of wood transform into children’s toys at Apple Country Woodcrafters.
While most galleries keep regular hours, some studios are open by appointment only, so visitors should call ahead.
For information about Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County — including maps, artist profiles and a full listing of special events — go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org/businesses/craft-trails or call (800) 828-4244. Printed map brochures are also available.