The Renaissance of Folk Art in Southern Appalachia

The Renaissance of Folk Art in Southern Appalachia: From basketry to woodworking with glassblowing, metalworking and quilting in between, there’s an arts and crafts revival happening throughout the country and even more so in hills and valleys of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Renaissance of Folk Art in Southern Appalachia

The Renaissance of Folk Art in Southern Appalachia: From basketry to woodworking with glassblowing, metalworking and quilting in between, there’s an arts and crafts revival happening throughout the country and even more so in hills and valleys of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. What was once born of necessity as the first mountain settlers carved out, crafted and furnished their homesteads in the unforgiving wilderness has gained new popularity as generations of urban dwellers delight in learning the time-weathered techniques and old-timey skills that were once part of the everyday fabric of life in the mountains.

If you’d like to take part in the arts & crafts movement, luckily there are several superb options within a relatively short driving distance.

Hambidge Center: The Hambidge Center is nestled on an extraordinary 600-acre setting in Rabun Gap, Georgia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the Center has a distinguished history of supporting individual artists in a residency program and presents a variety of workshops in fiber arts, ceramics and the culinary arts, presented by exceptionally talented artists. Upcoming workshops include:

July 28 & 29 – Pinch Pot Portraits with Mike Lalone
August 4 & 5 – Inside Out & Upside Down: Mold-Making with Rachel K. Garceau
September 8 & 9 – Natural Fabric Dyeing with Coulter Fussell

For more details or to register visit http://www.hambidge.org/workshops-2018.

John C. Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. For a complete listing of offerings please visit folkschool.org.

Mikell Folk School: Georgia’s only folk school is held in Toccoa, Georgia in the Northeast Georgia Mountains at Camp Mikell Camp & Conference Center, which is part of the Episcopal diocese of Atlanta. Artisan classes include Tile Mosaics, Stained Glass, Wood Turning, and Weaving, offered in a three-day weekend format. For more information visit Mikell Folk School or contact amanda@campmikell.com.

As you can see, a variety of options are available if you want to learn a “new” old skill. If however, you prefer your arts & crafts pre-made and available to view or purchase without having to do the work yourself, be sure to visit the many shops, arts & crafts venues, festivals and demonstrations always going on in beautiful Northeast Georgia.

When planning your visit, please consider booking your stay at The Beechwood Inn, Georgia’s Premier Wine Country Bed and Breakfast Inn located in the Romantic North Georgia Mountains.

Southern Living Magazine  Readers Name Beechwood Inn “One of the South’s Best Inns 2018.”  https://www.southernliving.com/souths-best/inns.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine places Beechwood Inn in the Top 5 Destinations “for your next wine and food-focused escape.” Travel writer Becky Lamb says, “Beechwood Inn is the closest thing to a Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast we have in Georgia.”  The restaurant was named one of the “Top 10 Farm to Table Restaurants in Georgia.”

The Renaissance of Folk Art in Southern Appalachia

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