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  • Salon Series: Book Discussion, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Artist Talk: Ani Geragosian
  • Family Program: Site Exploration
  • Artist Talk: Adam Ledford
  • Scale Up Opening Reception
  • Reception to Welcome Penland School of Crafts Director Mia Hall
  • Family Fun Day
  • Artist Talk: Brian Fleetwood
  • Shelter // Center for Craft Holiday Shop
  • Artist’s Travelogue: Nexus of Craft and Environs with Sarah House
  • Trans – Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)
  • 2017 Annual Benefit: Celebrating Stoney Lamar and Craft After Dark
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rebecca Manson
  • The Life and Work of Harvey Littleton
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rachel Mauser
  • Object as Poet
  • About Face: Exploring the Graphic Identity of Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979
  • Women in Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • Salon Series: Craft and Community
  • Shared Ground Symposium
  • Holding the Pieces Workshop with Michael Swaine
  • Matter in Action: Mending on the Streets with Michael Swaine
  • The Art of Repair with Dr. Steven J. Jackson
  • Shaker Tape Chair Weaving Workshop
  • November Repair Café
  • Follow the Money: Understanding Art Production Today with Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson
  • Fix it in 15: Bike Repair Clinics
  • General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
  • 2016 Back to the Drawing Board
  • Overshot: A Composition for String Quartet and Electronics Inspired by the Lou Tate Kentucky Coverlet Collection
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit
  • Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect, Artist’s Talk with Roberto Lugo
  • Recycled China: The Residue of Industry, Artist’s Talk with Thomas Schmidt
  • 1st Annual Windgate Fellowship Project Grant Artist Talks
  • Showing/Making: Curator’s Talk with Garth Johnson
  • Spaces of Production | The Mend-Smith Project
  • Broadway Block Party
  • Glassville: WNC’s Contemporary Glass Showcase
  • Spaces of Production | The People’s Cloth Trade Show
  • How Artists Get Noticed: An Editor’s View
  • At Human Scale: Artist Talk by Michael Strand
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Blue Mountain, Mark Reigelman (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Process vs Product: Shifting Values in Art, Craft, and Design
  • ‘Loving After Lifetimes of All This’ Exhibition Tour with curator Danny Orendorff
  • Back to the Drawing Board | In Song Sing On: The Songbook Project, David Wilson (Oakland, CA)
  • Bringing it Home: Loving After Lifetimes of All This in Asheville
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Performance Crafting: Hand in Hand, Tanya Aguiñiga (Los Angeles, CA)
  • From Hair to There: Artist Talk with Sonya Clark
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 2
  • Go Tell It at the Gallery!
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Louisiana P. Bendolph
  • Gee’s Bend In Translation: A Symposium
  • Exhibiting Blackness and the Gee’s Bend Effect
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 1
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Loretta Bennett
  • From Quilts to Prints: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Gee’s Bend Quilts: The Art of Necessity and the Necessity of Art
  • PBS “Craft in America: SERVICE” Sneak Preview
  • The Revolution is Now
  • 3-D Printing Week
  • REBIRTH – Ceramics 14.0 – Art + Design + Architecture | a lecture by Garth Clark
  • The Materiality of Sound: What Can Craft Learn from the Sound Industry?
  • CTRL+P Opening Reception
  • PechaKucha Night Asheville – Vol 6
  • “Taking Shape: A Curator’s Perspective”, discussion with Cindi Strauss
  • Craft in America Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy Sneak Preview
  • Moogfest brings Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational Performances to Benchspace
  • Sign Painters
  • Bernard Leach and the Fine Art of Pots
  • Ismini Samanidou, Guest International Artist at the WNC Textile Study Group
  • The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark
  • History in the Making: Maker’s Co-Authors Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf
  • An Evening with Matthew Crawford
  • Up for Discussion with Magdalene Odundo
  • CCCD’s Windgate Fellowship Program: A Case for Funding Professional Development Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
  • Not the Straight and Narrow: Diverse Pathways to Bending Wood
  • Audio Archive
  • Salon Series: Book Discussion, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

    March 24 - 4 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    Following in the tradition of literary and philosophical salons of the 17th and 18th century, the Center for Craft is hosting a series of gatherings in conjunction with each exhibition to engage with a central theme of the show. A book will be selected based on the theme and provide a framework for discussion. Refreshments will be served, all are welcome.

    The Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects salon theme is Self-Help for Creatives.

    Our discussion will center around themes of the exhibition and book, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, one of America’s greatest choreographers, with a prolific career spanning 35 years.

    Refreshments will be served. No reading necessary prior to the event.

    About the Book

    Searching for ways to live a more creative life? According to Tharp, the key to sustainable creativity is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned.

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19–July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

    Register on Eventbrite.



    Artist Talk: Ani Geragosian

    March 29 - 6:30 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    Scale Up artist Ani Geragosian will discuss her Dune Series Project, a series of hand-woven and printed works based on environmental data collected on the coastal dunes between Chatham and Provincetown, MA. Her work documents a transforming natural landscape, focusing on the fragility and beauty of a place that quietly shifts with the passage of time.

    Ani Geragosian, a mixed media & fiber artist based in Salem, MA, is a 2012 Windgate Fellow and 2017 Project Grant recipient.

    Register on Eventbrite.

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19–July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

    Cover photo courtesy of the artist.



    Family Program: Site Exploration

    April 5, 2018 - 3–5 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    Recommended for children 9+ and their families.

    Created for families, this program is inspired by the public installation work of Scale Up artist, Mark Reigelman II. Our hands-on workshop invites participants to think about not just what they want to make, but also how the final location for the piece will help to inform the design process.

    The first step in any design process is observation; participants will first watch the site itself, answering questions like: How does traffic flow? Does the lighting change? How do people interact with the space? etc.

    Then, they will imagine and plan a one-of-a-kind installation design for their chosen space. At the end of the program, each group will present their design ideas.

    All supplies are provided and refreshments will be served.

    Register on Eventbrite.

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19 – July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft. http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/scaleup/

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

    Image of Smökers courtesy of artist Mark Reigelman II.



    Artist Talk: Adam Ledford

    May 11, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    What would Levittown look like as Pompeii?

    Discover how Scale Up artist, Adam Ledford answers this provocative question by creating a portrait of mid-century America through the recreation of objects with clay and charcoal drawings in his project, Don’t Worry About the Government. Ledford will discuss a visual reimagining of Levittown, an archetypal post-war suburb of Philadelphia, and how his work invites us to look at post-war America’s changing relationship with nature, work, and food as evidenced by the proliferation of home gadgets, convenience foods, and decoration.

    Adam Ledford, a ceramic artist based in Philadelphia, PA, is a 2012 Windgate Fellow and 2017 Project Grant recipient.

    Register on Eventbrite.

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19 – July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

    Cover image courtesy of the artist.



    Scale Up Opening Reception

    January 19, 2018 - 5–8 p.m | The Center for Craft


    Join us Friday, January 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the opening of Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects. Our new exhibition highlights the work of our 10 Windgate Project Grant recipients.

    Drinks and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

    Learn more about this exhibit and the contributing artists on our exhibition page.



    Reception to Welcome Penland School of Crafts Director Mia Hall

    February 23 - 5:30–7:30 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    Please join the Center for Craft and the of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) for a reception to welcome Mia Hall as the new Director of Penland School of Crafts. Mia was most recently chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A native of Sweden, Mia holds an MFA in furniture design and woodworking from San Diego State University in California.

    Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Registration required, free. RSVP requested by Friday, February 16. Register on Eventbrite.

    About the Center for Craft

    Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. The Center has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, the Center administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field.

    About the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

    SNAG is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance jewelry and metalsmithing by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community. SNAG envisions a diverse international jewelry and metals community engaging in thoughtful conversation and critical discourse while preserving tradition and embracing innovation. SNAG publishes award winning Metalsmith magazine, holds conferences, and a wide range of programming to elevate and promote the work and careers of its members. Visit the SNAG website.

    About Penland School of Crafts

    Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists’ residencies, local programs, and a gallery & information center. Visit Penland’s website.

    Cover photo: Mia Hall at the Penland auction, courtesy of Penland School of Crafts.



    Family Fun Day

    February 17, 2018 - 2–5 p.m. | The Center for Craft

    Recommended for children 5+ and their families.

    Bring your family to the Center for Craft for a fun, free, family-friendly afternoon of interactive gallery tours and hands-on art making! Children and their guardians are invited for kid-friendly gallery tours (each hour on the hour) and a short activity inspired by the work in Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects.

    Self-guided activities will also be available all afternoon. Did we mention treats? We will have treats on hand!

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19–July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

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    Artist Talk: Brian Fleetwood

    February 9 - 6:30 | The Center for Craft

    How do artists entice viewers to become more emotionally invested in artwork? Join Scale Up artist, Brian Fleetwood, for a talk exploring this question as he presents his work about exploring the ways living things and ideas spread and reproduce.

    Fleetwood is interested in the emotional investment audience members can develop through what is referred to as the “IKEA effect.” This effect describes the increased attachment people feel to objects that they have a hand in completing. Learn how Fleetwood uses this tactic in Symbiosis Project through jewelry pieces, distributed as “kits,” which the recipient must not only assemble, but also make specific design decisions for the final piece.

    Brian Fleetwood, a jewelry maker and metalsmith based in La Mesilla, NM, is a 2012 Windgate Fellow and 2017 Project Grant recipient.

    This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Scale Up: 10 Years, 10 Fellows, 10 Projects, on view January 19–July 28, 2018 at the Center for Craft.

    Scale Up is curated and organized by the Center for Craft. The Windgate Fellowship is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Exhibition programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

    Cover image courtesy of the artist.

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    Shelter // Center for Craft Holiday Shop

    Novmeber 30 - December 10 - | The Center for Craft

    Visit shop site at: http://www.cccdnow.org/holidayshop

    The Center for Craft is teaming up with Asheville-based design firm SHELTER to bring a holiday pop-up shop to downtown Asheville, NC Nov 30 – Dec 3, with online offerings Dec 6-10!

    Over 40 designers and makers will be featured in a three-day holiday pop-up shop and five-day online shop featuring unique, limited edition, and one-of-a kind handcrafted goods made by local and national makers as well as exclusive fine art, jewelry, home goods, holiday items, and more.

    In addition to featuring local and national makers and designers, the pop-up will include an exclusive collection of goods by recipients of the Center for Craft’s Windgate Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in America. This collection will include handwoven scarves by Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), glass lamps by Wes Valdez / Blob Blob Studio (Philadelphia, PA), home goods by Nate Moren / Tandem Made (Minneapolis, MN), ceramic work by Rosa Novak (Oakland, CA), and jewelry by Alexandra Perez-Demma (Coronado, CA).

    HOLIDAY POP-UP DESIGNERS INCLUDE:
    Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry (Coronado, CA), A Little Weather (Leicester, NC), All Roads (Joshua Tree, CA), Asheville Tea Co. (Asheville, NC), Bat Cave Knife and Tool Ltd. (Hendersonville, NC), Bella & Oliver Soap Co. (Swannanoa, NC), Blob Blob Studio (Philadelphia, PA), Chomp Textiles (Asheville, NC), Cotton Blossom Press (Asheville, NC), Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Doug Johnston Studio (Brooklyn, NY), East Fork Pottery (Asheville, NC), Echoview Fiber Mill (Weaverville, NC), Everyday Oil (Asheville, NC), FEHLŌ (Asheville, NC), Andrew Hayes (Asheville, NC), Amanda Hollomon Cook (Marshall, NC), Amber M. Jensen (Marshall, NC), Kate Roebuck Studio (Chattanooga, TN), Lady Luck Flower Farm (Leicester, NC), Lovelier Seas (Baltimore, MD), Lucy Mail Inc. (Brooklyn, NY), Marianne Fairbanks (Madison, WI), McFate Furniture (Asheville, NC), Jenny McGee Dougherty (South Portland, ME), M. Grace Jewelry (Hanalei, HI), MINNA (Hudson, NY), Mother Mountain Herbals, (Asheville, NC), Nourishing Roots Apothecary (Weaverville, NC), Rosa Novak (Oakland, CA), Opal and Wonder (Asheville, NC), The Oriole Mill (Hendersonville, NC), OUTRA (Asheville, NC), Rite of Passage Clothing (Hendersonville, NC), Siren’s Holler (Asheville, NC), Tandem Made (Minneapolis, MN), The Bright Angle (Asheville, NC), Tiny Shelter (Asheville, NC), Tiro Tiro Jewelry (Portland, OR), Julie Travis (Atlanta, GA), Wooden Spoon Herbs (Cloudland, GA)

    EVENT DATES:

    Holiday Shop @ the Center for Craft
    Thursday, November 30 6-10pm
    Friday, December 1 10am-8pm
    Saturday, December 2 10am-6pm
    Sunday, December 3 10am-6pm

    Online Shop @ cccdnow.org/holidayshop 
    Wednesday, December 6 – Sunday, December 10

    Kick-Off Party @ Center for Craft Thursday, November 30, 6-10pm
    First Friday Happy Hour Friday, December 1, 5-8pm
    Bagels + Mimosas (with bagels by The Bad Seed) Saturday, December 2, 10am – noon

    All events take place at the Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801



    Artist’s Travelogue: Nexus of Craft and Environs with Sarah House

    Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:30 PM | Tulane University, Newcomb Art Department, Stone Auditorium

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    “The Windgate Fellowship from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has helped me discover the intimate connection between travel and inspiration, and between human interactions and productivity. It supported my residences in ceramics in Hungary and Baltimore and propelled my career through six additional art residencies in five more countries. I invite you to see how these travel experiences relate to my body of work.” -Sarah House, Artist

    Join New Orleans-based contemporary artist Sarah House at Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Department for a presentation on how The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Windgate Fellowship jump started her journey of international art residencies, and how those experiences have informed her body of work.

    About Sarah House
    Sarah House’s sculptural and functional ceramics stem from a fascination with pattern. The work, inspired by fractals, suggests an interconnectedness that runs throughout nature. House holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, and an MFA from Tulane University. She has exhibited her work across Europe, Asia, and North America. www.sarahhouse.net

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