Artful Holidays: ‘Tis the Season to Buy Local

Celebrate authentic North Carolina for the holidays by supporting your local arts council where galleries showcase distinctive gifts of glass, clay, fiber, leather, metal, paper, wood and more! Local arts councils play an important role in communities, sponsoring and supporting arts programming and local arts.

Across the state enjoy unique opportunities to shop local in galleries or at holiday fairs and even visit artists in their studio. The N.C. Arts Council has compiled a list of some of the holiday events at local arts councils so that it’s easy to wrap-up authentic North Carolina!  

West

Satie’s Holiday Sale
Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir
Friday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 23
Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Caldwell Arts Council for the annual Satie’s Holiday Show & Sale when the entire Arts Council is converted to a gift shop full of locally handcrafted items for holiday sales for everyone on your gift list. Give the gift of Caldwell County. www.caldwellarts.com

Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour
Toe River Arts Council, Mitchell and Yancey counties
Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artistic talent found throughout the Toe River Valley is on display once again for the Toe River Studio Tour where more than 80 artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties will open their doors for the holiday tour sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. www.ToeRiverArts.org

Christmas in the Mountains
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Saturday Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Indoor art and craft show and sale with visiting artisans in time for holiday giving. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

30th Appalachian Potters Market
McDowell Arts Council Association, Marion
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 60 local and regional potters come together for this indoor show and sale at McDowell High School located at Business Routes US 221 and NC 226 North in Marion. The $5 admission supports the McDowell Arts Council Association. www.mcdowellarts.org

Fireside Sale
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown
Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Keith House and Davidson Hall are the perfect shopping destination for one-of-a-kind gifts in the beautifully decorated Keith House and Davidson Hall next to the Craft Shop where you will find more gift ideas. Crafts people will offer handmade items such as jewelry, weaving, forged iron, photography, quilts and turned wood. folkschool.org

Annual Holiday Sale
Madison County Arts Council, Marshall
Friday, Dec. 8, 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by the new Arts Council location at 31 North Main Street during the Marshall Christmas Crawl or after the town Christmas Parade.

North Pole on the South Slope Holiday Market
Asheville Arts Council, Asheville
Saturday, Dec. 9, noon to 5 p.m. 

The Refinery Creator Space and Open Hearts Art Center are hosting an open studio sale with beautifully crafted gifts from the artists of both buildings. Buy local and enjoy live music! www.ashevillearts.com

Holiday Gift Show
Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Tryon
Now through Dec. 23
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday show features hundreds of hand-crafted items made by regional artisans at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon. www.tryonartsandcrafts.org

Holiday Gallery Walk
Transylvania Community Arts Council, Brevard
Friday, Dec. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

The last gallery walk for 2017 in downtown Brevard features art galleries, art stores, retail stores seasoned with art, music and more! www.artsofbrevard.org/GalleryWalkBrochure.pdf.

Folk Art Center, Holiday Markers Sale
Saturdays, December 2 and 9
Folk Art Center: Milepost, 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville

Holiday Markers Sale features members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium to sell select work 10 to 50 percent off retail. www.southernhighlandguild.org/folk-art-center

The Big Crafty
Asheville Area Arts Council
Sat. and Sun., December 2 to 3
US Cellular Center

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring local food, beer, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists and crafters. thebigcrafty.com

Eastern/Coastal

Jingle Art Jam
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville
Thursday, Nov. 30

The Holiday Artist Market is Emerge Gallery's annual holiday sale features handmade fine arts and crafts.

Piedmont

Chatham Studio Tour
Chatham Artists Guild, Chatham County
Saturday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, Noon to 5 p.m.

The Chatham Artists Guild’s Annual Chatham Studio Tour will feature the work of more than 40 different studios. This is a self-guided tour so visitors can see as many or as few studios as they wish. Maps and more information online: www.chathamartistsguild.org.

Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas!
Stokes County Arts Council and NoneSuch Playmakers, Danbury
Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.

The Stokes County Arts Council and NoneSuch Playmakers present an engaging evening of storytelling and song at The Arts Place of Stokes for 15 holiday stories from the international best-selling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum. http://stokesarts.org

29th Annual Christmas at Captain White’s
Alamance Arts Council, Graham
Now through Saturday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An Artful presentation of more than 140 regional, national and international artists’ creations in all mediums. Alamance Arts is housed in the historic Captain White House, decorated for the holiday season. All decorations for sale. www.alamancearts.org

Gaston County Art Guild
Holly Days Market, Gastonia
Now through Dec. 23

Unique, hand-crafted gifts: pottery, jewelry, fiber art, handmade soaps, paintings and more, all created by Gaston County Art Guild members. www.gastoncountyartguild.com

Solstice Lantern Walk
Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough
Sunday, December 21, 5:45 p.m.

The Hillsborough Arts Council will host the third annual Solstice Lantern Walk on the beautiful Riverwalk in Hillsborough. The theme is winter white. This event is free and open to the public but all participants must bring a handmade, white lantern with an LED light. No flames allowed. Please register at: www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/lantern-walk

Annual Holiday Small Works Show
Dare County Arts Council, Manteo
Dec. 1 to Jan. 10, 2018

The annual Holiday Small Works Show at the DCAC Gallery features original works of art created by local artists, including cards, calendars, books, ornaments, music, and more. Discover fine art and handcraft works that will please everyone on your gift list. darearts.org

For more ideas find your local arts council in our directory.