May 2017 Around Town 3

Fresh Fare Festivals

The 28th Annual Asheville Herb Festival arrives at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market May 5 through 7. It’s an Asheville signature, with herb growers, herbalists and herb-related businesses gathering to talk shop. Natural gardeners, landscaping specialists and makers (think soaps, teas and medicines) also join to learn new tips and tricks. May 6 and 7, the 13th Annual Asheville Artisan Bread Festival brings baked delights to town. This was the first festival of its kind, celebrating local farmers, millers and bakers. Saturday holds a bread fair and workshops, while Sunday brings a master class.

Music & Arts Festivals

The 14th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival is the largest, longest-running, single day Asheville street festival. Historic Montford comes alive with entertainment stages, artist and vendor booths, and a food court with delectable local bites. Asheville’s cutest neighborhood gets even cuter on May 20 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Down the road in Saluda, the Saluda Arts Festival also returns for the 14th year. The town’s deep artistic roots are highlighted during this festival which showcases arts and crafts from local artists and crafters on May 20 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Grovewood Gallery Anniversary

In 1992, at the outset of Asheville’s burgeoning cultural renaissance, Grovewood Gallery opened in a grove of Carolina pine trees near the Grove Park Inn. The gallery supports over 400 artists and craftsmen from across the country with over 9,000 square feet of display space. On Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 6 PM, Grovewood celebrates its 25th anniversary. The anniversary celebration will include an outdoor sculpture exhibition, artist demonstrations, live music from The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers and local food and drinks from Golden Fleece, Hi-Wire Brewing, Metro Wines and Noble Cider.

Big Little Paintings

BlackBird Frame & Art will host a new exhibition, “Big Little Paintings,” featuring works from the Appalachian Pastel Society. The exhibition takes place May 4 through June 17 with an Opening Reception on May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Some of the region’s best pastel artists will offer up mini-works, all around 9” x 12”, making them both more affordable and easier to integrate into your home. The Appalachian Pastel Society promotes and elevates the art of pastel painting in the region through education, exhibitions and other events. Centered in Asheville, the organization reaches into North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.