I’m back from a week in the mountains of North Carolina, where I visited the Southern Highland Guild’s Folk Art Center. It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re nearby. One of the jewelry artists currently showing work there is Sharon Bailey.

(Pictures are not allowed inside the Folk Art Center, hence the picture of the sign.)

We also visited the Thomas Wolfe boyhood home.

This is a view from our cabin of the mountains in the morning.

…and clearing up.

The view on a clear day.

and a sunset.

It was so nice to get away from the city, regular life, slow down. I also used the time away to work on my drawing skills. I made some progress! I drew whatever was on hand: acorns, a pepper grinder, flowers. Drawing has been the weakest link in my design skills and I finally became convinced I should practice more.

See, I used to say that I couldn’t draw, and my husband, gifted at watercolor and drawing, always said, “Everyone can draw, you just haven’t practiced enough.”

The other guy who convinced me to practice more is a professor I’ve never met, more on him later.

So, how about you? Have you been to Asheville? What else should people see there, especially as it relates to jewelry? Best gallery? Where can we see your work? Please post a comment, thanks!

All images (c) 2008 Ralph Romero, All Rights Reserved.

More North Carolina links:

Biltmore Estate

Penland School of Crafts

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