Grovewood Gallery debuts new exhibition: “Vessels of Merriment” – Oct. 3

September 29, 2015


In celebration of American Craft Week (October 2 – 11), Grovewood Gallery in Asheville presents Vessels of Merriment, an intoxicating exhibition of handcrafted drinking vessels by 25 artists from around the country.

This invitational art exhibit will feature more than 200 drinking vessels in a variety of mediums. Exhibiting artists will showcase works ranging from ceramic beer steins, tumblers, and tankards, to porcelain sake sets and decorative moonshine jugs. All vessels on view will be available for sale.

“Whether you are looking for something special to sip from, or just appreciate quality craftsmanship and unique or one-of-a-kind works, we encourage you to see this show,” says Ashley Van Matre, marketing director at Grovewood Gallery. “Grovewood Gallery is also a participant of American Craft Week, and the kick-off for Vessels of Merriment will be one of many ACW festivities that will take place around the country in an effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft.”

The exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on Saturday, October 3 from 3 – 6pm (free and open to the public). Several participating artists will be in attendance and special guests from Metro Wines and Noble Cider (both sponsors of this event) will be on hand offering tastings of their products. Vessels of Merriment will remain on view through Sunday, December 31, 2015.

Exhibiting Artists

Kathryn Adams, Scot Cameron-Bell, Clancy Designs, Julie Covington, Kyle Carpenter, Megan Daloz, Marissa Domanski, John Geci, Lisa Gluckin, Erik Haagensen, Steve Hansen, Phil Haralam, In Blue Handmade, Mark Knott, Amber Marshall, Andrew Massey, Reiko Miyagi, Moxie & Oliver, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Helen Purdum, Justin Rothshank, Luba Sharapan, Dave Strock, Charlie Tefft, and Evelyn Ward.

About American Craft Week

The sixth annual American Craft Week will be held Oct. 2-11 in cities and towns across the nation. With hundreds of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools, as well as fairs and festivals, it is the premier public celebration of handmade craft in America. American Craft Week is a program of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of American craft. For more information, visit

About Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery is a family-owned, fine crafts destination that showcases traditional and contemporary crafts, all handmade by American artisans. Grovewood Gallery has received several honors, including NICHEmagazine’s Retailer of the Year and the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The gallery is housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, located adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn in North Asheville. Grovewood’s sister gallery, Gallery of the Mountains, is located inside the inn.

Also on the Grovewood Grounds

Grovewood is also home to 10 working artists’ studios, as well as two nonprofits: The Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum and the North Carolina Homespun Museum. In addition to the historic buildings, museums, and art offerings, visitors can enjoy outdoor sculpture gardens complete with picnic areas and panoramic views across the valley to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. A new restaurant is slated to open in the former Grovewood Café spot this fall. Free parking for Grovewood patrons is available on site.

To learn more about Grovewood’s studio artists, attractions, and upcoming events, visit or call 828.253.7651.