Welcome to our blog at Gallery of the Mountains! We are located inside the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We specialize in fine American handmade crafts, mostly from local and regional artists. We will be happy to ship any item listed here or help you find the perfect gift in our Gallery. For more info about our artists featured in the header photo above, click on Header Artist page just below the header. Please feel free to contact us for availability and prices either by phone or email. Toll Free 1-800-692-2204 or email@example.com
Friday, November 26, 2010
Instead of the usual holiday cards send one of our handmade postcards by Joy Cafaro. For the perfect hostess gift her holiday potholders add some holiday cheer to any kitchen!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
As artist Joy Resor says - wear joy on your shoulders - about her lovely stoles with verses of peace, joy and play. Each stole is silk screened, hand sewn with her own verse. Fun for any wardrobe!
Joanna Alot has added some lovely cut velvet hand made scarves to her hand painted line for the Gallery. They are made of sheer silk with the deep rich tones of blue, burgundy and browns - great for accessorizing your winter wardrobe.
Regional artist JennieRoper makes Appalachian Needle Baskets and traditional ornaments using long leaf pine needles and rafia. She has been a crafter all her life and shown for years at the Raleigh state fair.
Boone potter Maggie Black creates her ginkgo leaf ornaments from real leaves so they vary in size and shape. A great ornament for Arts and Crafts lovers.
For carrying your essentials for a night on the town these tiny 4 1/2" by 5" bags can hold some pocket money, ID, cell phone and makeup.
Handcrafted locally by fabric artist Dana Smith, each silk purse is a miniature quilt which features a scene from the lovey French Broad River area.
Fun and festive cards have arrived by Arts and crafts Press for the holiday season. The designs are original by Yoshiko Yamamoto on recycled paper and soy based ink.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Since 1980, leather artisan Gordan Galloway has been designing, creating and hand tooling leather handbags and accessories int he Arts and Crafts style. His interest in working with leather began after reading about the internationally recognized Roycroft Inn and Campus in East Aurora, New York. Gordon was particularly fascinated with the Roycroft leather workers and the labor intensive process of leather tooling.
Originally a tool and dye maker in the auto industry, Gordon's leather hobby became his full time career when his automotive job was phased out. After being nominated by his peers to begin the application process for the Roycroft Master Artisan program, Gordon's work was juried annually for five years before being confirmed as a "Roycroft Master Artisan". As such, he is the only leather artisan in America allowed to use the official Roycroft symbol of the "orb and cross". Additionally, Gordon also uses his initials "GG" back to back to designate each leather bag as an original from his studio.
Because of the time consuming nature of Gordon's artistic process, it is difficult to find a dedicated apprentice. Instead, his artistic companion is none other than his rescue collie mix, named Charlie. You can find additional information on Gordon in the book Artistic Leather Designs of the Arts and Crafts Era. The Gallery is the only gallery in the United States featuring Gordon's leather handbags and accessories.
The fall and winter cards by Arts and Crafts Press are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto. These cards are printed by hand on a letterpress. Being high quality prints, each card can be framed and added to your seasonal home decor.
A shipment of Virgil Jonse' hand blown Fairy Balls has arrived for the holidays. According to legend, a Fairy Ball attracts and delights fairies with its wonderful colors. The "bridges" of glass inside convey the good feelings from the fairy and bring the owner luck. The Gallery has many colors to choose from - a great gift for the child in your home.
Peter's jackets and scarves are hand loomed from the finest chenille and cotton yarns. His jackets are limited editions using classic timeless designs. Each piece represents exceptional craftsmanship, quality and style. He has created his own patterns since 1995.
Peter grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and has many interests besides clothing. He is a classically trained pianist, performing with local operas and musicals and builds models in his spare time. He is also an avid book collector.
His solid color chenille scarves are just the right size to accessorize any outfit. They are super soft and warm too.
A husband and wife team called The Soap Makery creates premium handmade soaps from their home in Kentucky. Each soap is created with pure plant oils and pure, filtered rainwater. Some of the fragrances include lavender, lemongrass, mint, mountain spa, and spice. Since they are sold a a bundle of small
individual soaps they make a great hostess gift or to use in the guest bath!
For the holidays they make a Gumdrop Soap with bits of red and green in a cream colored base. They look festive and smell wonderful.
New shipment of festive ties for all occasions from Beau Ties of Vermont. Themes include skulls, penguins, winter, Hawaii, Christmas and more. Each one is sure to add that extra special something to the wardrobes of the men in your family!
Monday, November 8, 2010
With the holidays coming up everyone's looking for gift ideas. This fused glass heart plate is sure to brighten up anyone's home. Artist Raquel Stanek makes cookware fun with her modern and practical designs.
Native Ground Books along with many others about Appalachian country living.
Our new artist Janice Keeler has won our customers over with her unique and colorful designs. Her hats are made of alpaca wool from a local alpaca farm blended with mohair and other fibers. This one sports a jaunty feather - warm and stylish!
Thanks for stopping by. We are joining Ruby Tuesday and Rednesday this week. Be sure to visit our hosts for those wonderful memes and meet some great folks. To learn more about the artists and their work, just click on their names.
Janice Keeler is a retired special education school principal from the Southwest, who has now settled in the area. She and her family have always wanted to retire to the mountains.
Janice began knitting since she was a young child of seven and has continued to knit throughout her life. Now that she is retired she is able to pursue her passion full time, enthusiastically enjoying every minute of it.
Her hats, shawls and scarves are one-of-a-kind items. Janice uses alpaca wool from a local alpaca farm and blends it with mohair and other fibers. Her charismatic hats captivate with adornments of swirling stitches, felted flowers, feathers and more.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Gallery just received a wonderful selection of baskets of all sizes and colors form artist Joe Bruneau. Use them for a gift basket and fill with hand made local art, food and more! The uses are endless.