Tryon Arts and Crafts School to host reception for Southern craft guild Sept. 14

Published 8:00 am Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tryon Arts and Crafts School will host Southern Highland Craft Guild’s group exhibition, “Transcendence.”

The public reception for “Transcendence” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The show will run from Sept. 7 to Oct. 24, concurrent with TACS’ Artists of the Month, Patti Miles-Cooner (September) and Wendy Deudne (October).

A public reception for Tryon Arts and Crafts School’s new exhibit, “Transcendence,” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. (Submitted photo)

Chartered in 1930, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has a history rooted in the mountain craft revival of the early 20th century. It boasts a large heritage and crafts collections, annual fairs and numerous shop and gallery locations. Stretching over nine states with over 1,000 participating artists, the guild is among the most highly regarded of arts and crafts heritage societies, school representatives said.

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“Transcendence” features 27 artists in TACS’ main exhibition space. Locals may note a few familiar names among the participating artists: Ann Gleason, who is central to Thermal Belt’s Empty Bowls pottery events at TACS, part of a global initiative to fight hunger; potter David Voorhees, Empty Bowls contributor; fiber artist Martine House; and Susan Hutchinson, a past TACS instructor who recently provided blacksmithing demonstrations at the recent TACS-hosted North Carolina Artist Blacksmith Association of North America event.

Guild artists of local, regional, and national acclaim will be present for the free, public event on Sept. 14. Refreshments will be available for guests.

For more information about the school, people may call 828-859.8323 or visit

– Submitted by Will Barclift