Tucked away in the mountainous woods of beautiful Jackson County, North Carolina, sits an old landfill, a burial ground for bottles, cartons and phonebooks. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Growing up in Cherokee County, Jan Davidson had always heard of the John C. Campbell Folk School. He recalls his first pilgrimage to the Brasstown campus as a first-grader on a field trip. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Scenic waters

Peter McIntosh photography

On a sunny day in mid-March, the hardwood trees lining Highway 197 in northeast Georgia reveal only the smallest of green buds, while cherry blossoms blush pale pink and forsythias herald spring in vivid bursts of yellow on the edges of the road. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

I admit to suffering from unjustified anxiety regarding the growing number of blue bottle trees peppered along dirt roads and adorning eclectic yards of West Asheville. One gust of wind, and someone will be mowing glass shards! more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


Arrowmont photo

David Willard wants to make clear, first of all, that the property on which Arrowmont stands has not been sold. In fact, Arrowmont’s regular schedule of classes and special events are proceeding as usual this spring. more

Sep 19, 2014 2:54 PM Features


Hambidge Center photos

Hidden away on 600 acres of pristine forest near Dillard, Ga., is one of the oldest and most remarkable artists’ colonies in the southeastern United States. more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM Departments


David Day photo

Tucked in a grove of hardwoods and hemlocks in a quiet residential neighborhood near Hendersonville, N.C., is the humble home for a unique organization with a national reputation. Its official name is the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM Features

Energy Xchange

Becky Johnson photo

When Ian Kessler-Gowell began counting up the costs to open his own glass blowing studio, the show stopper wasn’t the industrial furnace, the polishing wheel, or diamond-bladed band-saw. Instead, it was the energy. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Departments

Hands Gallery

Julia Merchant photo

Stroll into the Hands Gallery in Boone, North Carolina on any day of the week, and you’ll never know just what, or whom, you’ll find. Sixteen area artists ranging from potters to painters to weavers help run the gallery. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Departments