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Beyond the marionette

Jim Kransberger photo

Down a dusty dirt road just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina sits an unassuming workshop made of plain wood and nails. Birds chirp and leaves blow in the wind, offering an inviting melody for what awaits inside. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

When artist and photographer Louis E. Jones arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the 1920s, he became the first artist to reside permanently in the remote mountain village and earn a living from his craft. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Zophia's Dragon

Photo Courtesy American Constructors

A 3,000-pound, 22-foot dragon named Eli greets visitors to the Nashville Children’s Theater. There thousands of people flock annually to enjoy productions such as “The Reluctant Dragon” and to catch a glimpse of Eli. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

“Here you will find fantastical worlds all around you,” reads the oversize decorative book at the entrance to Sleepy Hollow, a labyrinth of “fairy houses,” impish garden gnomes, and spinning whirligigs in North Georgia. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

I’ve never been much of a maker, though that’s not for lack of trying. An artistic streak got me through graphic design courses in college and these days keeps my home stocked with odds and ends from the hobby shop. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Blog

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Kathryn Ray

A spirit of craftsmanship has always imbued these mountains. These days, Southern Appalachia’s most innovative artisans and entrepreneurs honor the past and this region while pushing their crafts to new limits. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

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Donated

What began as a gift to a friend has evolved into a major art release to benefit wildlife habitat conservation in North Carolina. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

Catching a feeling

Ed Kelley photo

Jo Ridge Kelley wants you to feel her painting. To clarify, streaking your fingers across the canvas is generally frowned upon and could result in a stern escort out of the gallery. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

A portrait of Hazel Dickens

A portrait of Hazel Dickens

Bus driver blues

Anna Oakes photo

Some folks do what they love and just happen to get paid for it. We all know a few…they’re those people. And some of us harbor an unbridled resentment toward them. Others must negotiate the tradeoffs of work and play, and duty and freedom. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Overlooking the countryside

Garret K. Woodward photo

The road gets smaller and smaller to Ron and Rachel Clearfield’s home. Pavement turns to gravel, then to dirt, the route lined by majestic rolling hills and thick woods. It’s Saturday and the sun is shining. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Master at work

Photo by Hugh Morton

At Grandfather Mountain, the blackberries are always in season, the fragrant mountain laurel is ever-blooming and the lady slippers are never hard to find. Artist Paul Marchand spent his entire lifetime crafting extraordinarily accurate models. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

A diary in ink

Photo courtesy of Rob Hunt

Historically, societies have marked rites of passage with tattoos that forevermore indicate the bearer has ascended into a new world. Like plastic surgery, and scarification, tattoos are a way people show they are members of a particular culture. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Recycled regalia

Anna Oakes photo

Bones, lint, Styrofoam, banana skins, the squishes and squashes found on the street: nothing is so humble that it cannot be made into art,” the Hungarian-born artist Sari Dienes once proclaimed, as quoted in her 1992 obituary in The New York Times. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

True fan

Anna Oakes photo

A line meandered from one end of Appalachian State University’s new College of Education building, through an open, echoing lobby lit by the late afternoon sunlight, and down a narrow hallway, as visitors murmured excitedly. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

Bob Reed

Cherokee Travel & Tourism photos

Though many boys play cowboys and Indians, few get to be the real thing. But Bob Reed, at the age of 15, learned from a family friend that he was a full-blooded Native American after spending most of his childhood unaware of his heritage. more

Oct 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Hand fashioned

Donated photo

To be a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild is not simply to be part of a crafting circle. Yes, members weave and whittle, forge metal and throw clay pots, but at stake are the guild’s more than eight decades of tradition. more

Aug 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

Crutch table

William King Museum Center for Art and Cultural Heritage photos

The William King Museum Center for Art and Cultural Heritage in Abington, Va., offers an interesting take on craft with two exhibits now on display. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Departments

Christopher Holt

Courtesy of Christopher Holt and Fine Arts League of the Carolinas photos

An athlete in high school, student of literature in college, world traveler and apprentice to a fresco master, Christopher Holt has emerged an artist, teacher, and now director of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville, N.C. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

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Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Brevard is home to a truly exceptional arts community that offers a host of galleries, public art, live music and theater. Just south of town is the Scenic 276 South Fine Art and Craft Corridor, which is home to 18 galleries, shops and restaurants. more

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Departments

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