Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Woodworker accomplishes beautiful complexity with salvaged material Craftmaking is often a collaborative endeavor, as Asheville woodworker Randy Hintz can testify. Twenty-five years ago, while he…

A Whole Mood

A Whole Mood

Boutique company adds high drama to home design When it comes to the design arts, two heads and hearts can be better than one,…

Hot Take

Hot Take

Encaustics artist declares devotion to one medium  Mchelle Hamilton doesn’t remember the first time she encountered encaustics — just that the meeting seemed long…

Whimsy is Hard Work

Whimsy is Hard Work

Innovative paper-collage artist elevates simplicity Nearly two decades ago, Grant Penny arrived in Asheville in the midst of a successful career as a graphic…

Patterns from the Past

Patterns from the Past

Master quilter uses familial knowledge to create a contemporary look  When Connie Brown arrived in Asheville with her husband and young son, in 1989,…

A Better Rocker

A Better Rocker

The realtor suggested demolition, but Robert Bragg couldn’t bear to part with the crumbling cabin and barn in Marshall he bought four years ago….

Books are her Canvas

When Patti Fertel started her art studies at Brandeis University in the late 1970s, she’d just spent a summer as an intern doing social-outreach…

An Idea Full of Resonance

An Idea Full of Resonance

Asheville offers many charms for the newly arrived, from its enfolding natural beauty to its distinctive architectural fabric. But the first thing that metal…