Grovewood Gallery will host its annual Holiday Sip & Shop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 9 through 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. In addition to 10 percent off select merchandise in the 9000-square-foot gallery, there will be artist demonstrations and complimentary wine and warm cider.
On each day of the event, Eddie Aaronson of Windthrow will be demonstrating his woodworking skills, including carving, wood burning and a form of etching called scratchboard work. “This is an illustration technique where small, sharp tools are used to remove black ink that has been dried over a white porcelain tile,” says Aaronson. “Any marks made reveal the crisp white beneath. Scratchboards are great for creating beautiful textures and dramatic landscapes.”
On Friday and Saturday, Cheryl Mackey Smith will demonstrate her unique method of creating fine wall ceramics. “I will be creating a large variety of hand-built clay pieces that will be used to create my wall pieces,” she says. “I will be using many tools, including rolling pins and found objects to add the textures to the small pieces. There will be some bisque-fired pieces that the patrons can pick up and handle.”
Also on Friday and Saturday, Lisa Gluckin will demonstrate how she makes her cairn lamps by hand-building stone-like earth pieces from clay and using surface design techniques to add unique finishes. On Saturday only, fine jeweler Marilyn Bailey (The Laurel’s December Feature Artist) will be at Grovewood’s Holiday Sip & Shop to share her extensive knowledge of anticlastic forging as well as various gold and silversmithing techniques.
“Grovewood Gallery hosts this event to help teach the community about fine craft,” says Smith. “It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about new forms of artwork and talk to the creators.”
Grovewood Gallery is located at 111 Grovewood Road, adjacent to and below the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Free parking is available onsite. To learn more, visit Grovewood.com or call 828.214.7768.