On Saturday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, August 5, from 12–5 p.m., the 46th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair (VACF) will be held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Sponsored by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio Art-to- Wear, the juried fair will feature 114 artists from more than 20 states.
The crafts extravaganza got its start in 1972 when John Cram opened New Morning Gallery, says Shari Riendeau, the gallery’s office manager and VACF show coordinator. “The craft fair started as another way for artists to be represented without actually being displayed in the gallery.” She attributes the nearly half-century success of the fair to “a constantly changing line-up of artists with boundless creativity, beautiful church grounds to show it all off and tons of spirited people.”
This will be Florida artist Josh Price’s first time displaying his metal sculptures at VACF and he looks forward to talking to visitors about his art. “I just see what could be, start designing in my mind and then find the parts that fit and let it flow,” Price says. “I use old tools, flatware, kitchen items, car parts and any scrap metal. I don’t clean any of the parts before creation; all materials are used in their raw or found state.”
Other items for sale at the fair include jewelry, pottery, leather accessories, garden sculpture, artistic clothing and two-dimensional artwork. “We have some of our longtime participants back once again along with 27 artists who are showing for the first time,” Riendeau says. Thirty-six participating artists are from Western North Carolina.
There is no admission charge and the event will be held rain or shine. Homemade refreshments will be available at church-sponsored concession booths, with proceeds benefiting the Cathedral’s Outreach program.
The Cathedral of All Souls is located at 9 Swan Street in Asheville’s Biltmore Village. To learn more, visit newmorninggallerync.com/2018-craft-fair.