Arts & Crafts
Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Galleries in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina
Explore the work of hundreds of artists and craft makers who call the Smoky Mountains home. A long legacy of craft traditions began over 10,000 years ago when the Cherokee tribe crafted tools, clothing, art and more from simple materials like honeysuckle vines, gourds, corn beads, and feathers.
Today, pieces of original Cherokee and pioneer art native to the Smoky Mountains are just one cherished aspect of the Smoky Mountain antiques, arts, and crafts scene. Theatre, musicians, museums, artisans and their galleries all comprise the modern landscape of Smoky Mountain crafts.
Our art and crafts run the gambit of historical preservation of priceless Smoky Mountain antiques to 21st century creations that blend tradition and today. You can even learn how to make your own Smoky Mountain arts and crafts in one of several folk schools in the area. Come explore Smoky Mountain antiques, art, and crafts and see history in the making.
The mountains of North Carolina have always been a source of inspiration for artists of all mediums , styles, and backgrounds. Make creativity the central focus of your next vacation and explore the eclectic mix of Smoky Mountain art galleries located throughout the region. Whether you are searching for glass art, native arts and crafts, watercolors, fine prints, painted landscapes, pencil drawings, or custom designed jewelry made from local gems and minerals Smoky Mountain art galleries will offer something spectacular. Interested in attending an educational program or special exhibit? Many galleries have art events and seminars throughout the year for those who want to make art, not just view it.
Not sure where to start? Follow one of the many itineraries provided by the Blue Ridge Craft Trails and discover numerous craft makers and galleries throughout the mountains.