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, June 29, 2012
Leather artist Ivan Ivanoff has outdone himself with his vibrant colored leather handbags for summer! Having worked for Dooney & Burke, Ivan's bags have that added touch of European clasps made of solid brass substantially plated with nickel for that edgy sophisticated look. All the handbags are hand crafted of leather and some have exotic trim like crocodile, python. Any of his bags will last a lifetime!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
|Claude Graves owl mug|
Folk art potter Claude graves has rejoined the Gallery after a short absence with a new line of owl pottery. From pitchers, face jugs, sugar creamer sets, mugs and more these whimsical owls will add fun to your table table setting. Many people collect owls and Claude's tiny owl face jugs would surely delight them!
|Sugar creamer owl set|
|Owl face jug|
Claude has studied folk art potters from around the world, doing extensive traveling every summer to pick up old world tricks and ancient traditions of skilled potters hearkening back to the days of the Romans. In this collection he even included some more colorful mugs and small cups with pig and cat faces.
|Owl vase by Graves|
|Mini owl face jug|
|Pig and cats pots by Graves|
|Folk art pottery by Graves|
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|Lisa Conard's new line|
Local potter and Asheville native, Lisa Conard had added a new line to her Gallery collection. The new work is a quiet, cinnamon sprinkled, creamy golden hued collection, painted with a soft mossy green to showcase her fern motif. "Inspiration for my Fiddle back Fern Collection originates from the beautiful environment in which I live." explains Lisa
|Conard's fern platter|
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Cardwell's copper with pearls pendant.|
Blue Ridge Vista is local artist Laura Cardwell's new line of jewelry featuring a photograph she took looking off the Blue Ridge Parkway to the mountains. Each photograph is surrounded by mixed metals - copper, brass, and silver. What a lovely memento of a visit to the mountains in our area.
|Silver and copper Cardwell pendant|
|Copper and pearl matching earrings|
|Cardwell's single pearl set|
|Copper bracelet by cardwell|
|Blue Ridge Vista earrings by Cardwell.|
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|Collage card by Kathlene Ford Walters|
Paper artist Kathlene Ford Walters is a master at her craft. Each card is a work of art, a collage of old photographs, linen, lace, buttons, jewelry or natural items like shells and dried flowers. She has cards for every occasion - birthdays, weddings, holidays, or just to send a note.
The Gallery also carries her handmade book earrings - a great gift for the book lover, librarian or teacher in your circle of friends and family.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
|Handmade wood spreaders by Gary Ashton|
Summer's almost here and it is time to be outdoors - grilling, dining alfresco, birdwatching and fishing come to mind. If your guy is an outdoor sort, then we have the special accouterments needed for enjoying nature in your own yard. For outdoor dining, check out our wild cherry folding wood tongs by Jonathan's Spoons. Use the beautifully made wood spreaders by regional wood worker Gary Ashton for applying butter to the corn on the cob - in maple, walnut or cherry.
|Wood tongs by Jonathan's Spoon|
Get out the grill, set up the table and take in the antics of the bluebird family living inside the birdhouse hanging on your backyard tree. Try this delicious Grilled Fish Steak recipe from allrecipes.com
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 2 (6 ounce) fillets halibut
- In a stainless steel or glass bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.
- Place the halibut fillets in a shallow glass dish or a resealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover or seal and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Set grate 4 inches from the heat.
- Remove halibut fillets from marinade and drain off the excess. Grill fillets 5 minutes per side or until fish is done when easily flaked with a fork.
|Birdhouse by Ken Wheeler|
|Wood fish by Jay and Stephanie Jones|
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|Jucick's soup bowl|
|Mug by Jucick|
|Small square tray|
|Jucick's dinner plate|