Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Grovewood Gallery and the Homespun Museum in Asheville, NC
The Grovewood Gallery, museums and shops are located on the historic site and grounds of six original English style cottages, formerly known as "Biltmore Industries." In its heyday, Biltmore Industries was known world-wide for its hand-loomed fabrics (and woodworking) - and locally known in Asheville as the "Biltmore Homespun Shops." The history of the "Biltmore Industries" and Homespun Shops spans a century, with its origins beginning with George Vanderbilt at the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy learning more about the history at the Homespun Musuem located within the Grovewood Gallery complex.
The Grovewood Galleries are easy to miss, yet conveniently located right next to the Grove Park Inn, and well worth a visit - or two, or more! This is a quiet and fascinating little historic corner, home to the Homespun Museum, the Antique Car Museum, the Grovewood Cafe, working artist studios, galleries, exhibits and exhibitions, classes and shops, a small and delightful wind garden to stroll through along with complimentary and convenient parking right by this charming, historic and most interesting complex.
Admission to both the Antique Car museum and the Homespun musuem is free. Take time to walk through the shops that display local artists' beautiful and high quality arts and crafts works. Visiting the shops is like walking through a museum in and of itself - shop for unique locally made items, or just enjoy looking. The wind garden is small but worth the stroll and will bring a smile to your day! Take a rest and a lunch at the Cafe.
It is always a good time to visit the Grovewood Galleries, and late February is an extra special time to visit both the Grove Park Inn and Grovewood Galleries - for the annual National Arts and Crafts Conference held next door at the Grove Park Inn. This year the conference is celebrating its 26th year and will be held on the weekend of February 21 - 24, 2013.
For the conference and in conjunction with the Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Galleries will be hosting and sponsoring many not to miss themed events, titled Grovewood Gallery's Arts & Crafts Legacy. Be sure and visit during this most interesting conference.
For Grovewood Gallery hours, information and contact, click here. There is so much going on in this quiet and tiny space so be sure to check the calendar regularly.
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