16th Annual Art in Autumn, September 16  

Jewelry by Erica Stankwych Bailey

Contrary to common belief, the sleepy-eyed town of Weaverville owes its name not to fiber artists but to John and Elizabeth Biffle Weaver, a pioneering couple who trekked across the mountains from east Tennessee in 1786 and put down roots. Nevertheless, modern-day Weaverville does, in fact, host an abundance of weavers as well as other creatives: painters, sculptors, ceramicists, metalsmiths, and the like. This talent comes to light each fall during Art in Autumn, a premier fine art and craft show hosted by the Weaverville Business Association. Now in its 16th year, the outdoor jubilee attracts more than 100 juried artists from across the Southeast. Beth Mangum, owner of Mangum Pottery and one of the founders of the event, credits the show’s success to Weaverville’s “cozy, small-town vibe.” Cash prizes don’t hurt, either. “Each year, we invite an esteemed person in the local art and craft community to judge the show and hand out awards to the exhibitors they find most inspiring,” says Mangum. This year’s judge is Cynthia Bringle, a ceramic artist and studio potter whose deep-reaching roots in the Penland community have won her the unofficial title of mayor. Best in Show will receive $1,000, second place $500, and third place $250. Four honorable mentions — each valued at $50 — will also be awarded.   

September 16, 10am-6pm  /  Downtown Weaverville  /  artinautumn.com

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