Carol Sauvion, executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Craft in America, came to western North Carolina in October to view the exhibition Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration.
Fifteen Jackson County craftsmen participated in the month-long exhibition sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association and Jackson County Arts Council. Hand + Craft was organized as part of American Craft Week, a national event that celebrates the best of today’s handcrafted artwork.
Sauvion was a judge for American Craft Today, an exhibition at the Bascom Arts Center. In addition to her visit to Highlands and Gallery One in Sylva, Sauvion made stops at Treehouse Pottery and Riverwood Shops in Dillsboro and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in Cherokee.
The producer was looking for artists to include in several new episodes of the Craft in America series and visited American Craft Week events across the U.S. North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue declared October to be N.C.’s official craft month with events featured all around the state. You can find out more about craft in N.C. at http://www.celebrate.nc.gov/.
Hand + Craft organizer Anna Fariello noted that Sauvion’s visit was a great opportunity for artists in the western portion of our state. “Over the past decade, craft has come to take its place as a force in the arts community. Nationally organized activities, like American Craft Week, allow local communities to more fully participate in a movement to recognize craft makers as key to enhancing America’s creative capital.”