You can’t throw a chiseled stone hare in Western North Carolina without hitting a potter, a welder, a weaver, or dozens of other uspcale crafters in every imaginable medium. The talent in the area is centuries strong and ever-more-marketable — but for those consciously fashionable homeowners who want to appoint their house in local art, choosing that just-right painting, stained-glass window, whimsical garden sculpture, artisan lamp, or hand-hewn coffee table can be overwhelming.
Enter the WNC Design Guide, a curated group of 24 makers working at the top end of their respective mediums. The guide, available in an online pdf and as a limited-edition print book, currently features Christine Kosiba (sculpture), Matt Tommey (basketry), Brian Fireman (furniture), Philip DeAngelo (landscapes), Greg Magruder (stained glass), Julia Fosson (encaustic), Maggie Minor (lamps), Stephen St. Claire (oil on metallic leaf), Robb Helmkamp (woodwork), Victoria Pinney (abstracts), Walt Cottingham (birdhouses), and Steven Forbes (Raku pottery). Many artists on the list have been featured in Bold Life or its sister publication, Carolina Home + Garden.
An upcoming exhibit at Transylvania Community Arts Council (349 S. Caldwell St., in Brevard) will feature the work of members of the WNC Design Guide dream team, so that collectors and designers can muse on all the possibilities in living color.
Opening August 26 with a 5-7pm reception and running through September 16. Sponsored by Platt Architecture, PA. For more information, call 828-884-2787 or go to tcarts.org; for more information about the design guide, see wncdesignguide.com.