Established in 1960 and sheltered in a gorgeously renovated old schoolhouse, The Tryon Arts & Crafts School exists somewhere between the DIY craze and the all-consuming exclusivity of the four-year-curricula craft-school model. Its teachers are all fine craftspeople themselves, but the classes are relaxed, low-key, and noncompetitive, encompassing fiber arts, pottery, silver and jewelry, woodworking, lapidary (gem and stonework), and multimedia.
On November 20, the school opens its annual, month-long Holiday Gift Show, featuring the covetable work of more than 40 members, including Charlotte Caughman, Sonia Arnold, Leigh Nodine, Wendy Deudne, Gary Webber, Ron Ponce, Christine Mariotti, Gerry Drew, June Rhoads, Jim Cullen, Estell Osten and Shelly Sparka.
It’s trendy to talk about a handmade holiday, and that can mean a lot of things, from “minute fudge” to hand-turned bowls. Be assured that the items for sale here are on the high end of craft, including luxury woven textiles and stained glass. However, most items are priced under $100. Inspiration is free.
Opening reception is 6-8pm. Show closes December 23. Call 828-859-8323 or see www.tryonartsandcrafts.org for more information.