October 2017 Around Town

Grovewood Village Celebrates American Craft Week

In celebration of American Craft Week, which takes place October 6 through 15, Grovewood Village will offer artist demonstrations by Windsor chairmaker Elia Bizzarri and fiber artist Susan Lenz and will also host open studio art tours on two Saturdays in October. On Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Hillsborough Elia Bizzarri, known for his impeccable craftsmanship, will demonstrate his highly-refined turning skills at Grovewood Gallery. On Saturday, October 14 from 11 AM to 4 PM, South Carolina artist Susan Lenz will demonstrate at Grovewood Gallery, transforming ordinary yarn into functional fiber vessels. In addition to her one-of-a-kind vessels, she will also showcase select works from her popular framed textile series. On October 7 and 21 some of the resident artists at Grovewood Village will also open up their studios to the public, allowing visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works.

LEAF Festival

Twice annually the musical cultures of the world descend on Black Mountain for LEAF Festival. Now in its 25th year, this fall’s LEAF Festival, which takes place October 19 through 22, welcomes the theme “Fantastic Voyage.” 12,000 people come together on the stunning Lake Eden grounds to experience the power music, art and culture have to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. The lineup includes acts like Toots & The Maytals, Los Lobos, Elephant Revival and Turkuaz, plus lots of dancing and arts activities.

Inaugural Asheville Fashion Show

On Thursday, October 12, fall fashion will come to life in downtown Asheville. Asheville Lifestyle presents the Inaugural Fall Fashion Show on the rooftop of the AC Marriott Downtown from 6 to 9 PM. Featuring top local designers and boutiques, Asheville’s own models will traipse the catwalk in this season’s trends. This inaugural event will benefit Children First Communities in Schools – Buncombe County. For more information, visit AshevilleFashionShow.com.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

For nearly seven decades craftspeople of many different medias have gathered in Appalachia to present their arts and wares. This year, on October 20 through 22 at the US Cellular Center, nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of these fairs. The variety of craft on display will range from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. In addition to retail, the twice-annual fair hosts demonstrations in support of the Guild’s mission: to educate the public about the history of crafts in this region, various craft techniques, and an appreciation for fine crafts.