The 2016 edition of the Village Arts & Crafts Fair poster was illustrated by Bethanne Hill
The 2016 edition of the Village Arts & Crafts Fair poster was illustrated by Bethanne Hill

Crazy heat and humidity (well, for the Blue Ridge mountains, anyway) didn’t keep us and thousands of others from having a grand time at the 44th Annual Village Arts & Crafts Fair (VACF), held each August on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.

Created by Bellagio Art to Wear co-founder John Cram in the early 1970’s, the VACF has become one of the southeast’s premier juried arts and crafts events. Each year, the fair attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who come to browse fine art and handmade crafts from our juried artists, stroll the 120-year old Cathedral’s exquisite grounds, and enjoy delicious homemade sandwiches and desserts. Bellagio Art to Wear and New Morning Gallery work together to present the fair each year.

A few fun facts about this year’s Village Arts & Crafts Fair:

  • 120 juried artists from 17 states shared their work for perusal and purchase
  • 40 of these artists were from Western North Carolina
  • Among the media represented: wood, glass, and metal works; jewelry, paintings, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, clothing, etc.
  • This year’s official event poster, illustrated by Alabama painter Bethanne Hill, once again included a sophisticated cat (it’s a tradition!)

As always, we are so grateful for the hard-working, friendly volunteers who return year after year to make the VACF an outstanding weekend for artists and visitors alike. Your efforts not only help visitors enjoy this festive event, but also support the livelihoods of craftspersons and artists, helping to keep the Western North Carolina art community thriving.

If you didn’t make it out this year, go ahead and mark you calendar for next year! The 45th Annual Village Arts & Crafts Fair will take place August 5-6, 2017.

Interested artists can submit applications beginning in November of this year; visit New Morning Gallery for details. We encourage new artists to apply—this year we had 29 first-timers—but we do jury on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early.

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