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Weaverville Art Safari (+ Local Giveaway!!!)

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From May 2000 to February 2003, I lived in the town of Weaverville, NC. Located about 10 minutes north of Asheville, the small hamlet was just beginning to experience a revival of sorts at that time. In the ensuing 11 years, its main street has been completely revitalized, and I now consider Weaverville to be one of the most charming small towns in the area.

Along with a vibrant dining scene (the Well Bred Bakery is a perennial favorite, with eclairs the size of baby’s heads), gorgeous parks, small organic farms, and an environmentally friendly dry cleaner, Weaverville is also home to a number of artisans. Ceramicists, painters, glass blowers, woodworkers, metal smiths, jewelers-a wide community of makers live and work in Weaverville.

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Sherida Buchanan and Steve Forbes on behalf of the Weaverville Art Safari. A free, two-day, family friendly event happening April 26-27th, the Art Safari is a self-guided tour of artists’ home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. Occurring every spring and fall since April 2001, it’s a wonderful opportunity to peruse the wares of and purchase directly from these artists.

Participants use the Art Safari map to plan their route through Weaverville and the surrounding communities. Area artists open their studios to guests for the day, mingle, and talk about the creative process. Some also offer demonstrations and door prizes. It’s a wonderful chance to experience world-class art on an extremely personal level and meet some extraordinary folks.

In addition to sponsoring small measure for the month of April, Sherida and Steve offered to give away two tickets to the Weaverville Art Safari Preview Party to a small measure reader. Held at the Weaverville Town Hall at 7 p.m. on April 25th (the night before the Safari), the preview party includes a silent auction, music, light bites, and door prizes. It’s a great evening and a nice excuse to explore downtown Weaverville. Glenn, Huxley, and I will be going, and would love to see some of you there!

Clearly, this event is open only to Western NC locals. To enter, simply leave a comment saying what type of handmade, artisan item you’re looking for. Glenn and I love pottery and are always on the lookout for ceramics (Melissa Weiss is one of our favorites). I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, April 17th, midnight EST. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email (so be sure to leave a means of contacting you in your reply!). I’ll forward your information on to the preview party organizers and they’ll hold your two tickets for you at the door or mail them to you, your choice.

Even if you don’t win the tickets to the preview party, consider hitting up the Safari itself. It’s entirely free, takes place in a gorgeous setting, and supports a worthwhile cause. Plus, you could always conclude the day with an eclair.

5 Responses to Weaverville Art Safari (+ Local Giveaway!!!)

  • steph says:

    My son’s dad is an artist and I am an appreciator. He went to his first art shows at 3 weeks so, at 5, he is quite keen on how to look at art. He loves sculpture and pottery, especially, at would love to attend this event!

  • Jen says:

    I am so excited about this! We are hoping to slowly replace our IKEA dishes with locally made ceramics for everyday use. I love the idea of art everyday!
    And eclairs the size of a baby’s head? Sold!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I can’t believe that we have lived here for over a year and haven’t been to Weaverville yet! This seems like a great opportunity whether we win or not. My husbands weakness is pottery. My children love paintings, woodcarving, and “fluffy animals.” I prefer fiber arts.

  • Melanie J. says:

    Can’t resist this one, cuz I live here! I’m partial to woodwork and wall art, and I’m honestly not sure where my husband’s art interests lie, but he’s a contemplative guy who never balks when dragged to the River Arts District when my sister visits ;) P.S. Lawd, you ain’t kidding about Well-Bred Bakery! I never had a handle on portion control, until I met those Mountain Eclairs. Epic!

  • judy says:

    i have 2 girls in school at UNCA, and as much as we love Asheville, our hearts are in Weaverville! Wondering around at a slower pace, wishing I could have almost all the pottery I see. We each choose an ornament every year! And then we park our butts at Well Bred!