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Traditional folk art is widely practiced in Madison County, and can be seen in quilts, dolls, rugs, and other craft items. (See Madison County Arts Council).

Read about the Madison County Heritage Festival on our homepage.


A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art,
those two or three great and simple images
in whose presence his heart first opened.
Albert Camus

Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill College exhibits paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other media from local and visiting artists in rotating displays.

For information on current and upcoming exhibits, call Richard Cary, Director, at 828-689-1396.

The Asheville Quilt Guild is a non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina. Meet people, have fun, learn more about quilting, and participate in their nationally acclaimed show.

Country Workshops


Music is love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanier

Since 1790 when the first pioneer walked into this mountain wilderness with a fiddle under his arm, an unbroken line of notable musicians and ballad singers have followed. Traditional mountain music is one of Madison County's most treasured handmade crafts.

Madison County has been home to some of the finest fiddlers and "pickers" of the Appalachians. The mountains have nourished and sustained a musical heritage derived from the Celtic forbearers of present-day inhabitants. The annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival is a significant showcase for this foot-tapping music.  See also the Bluff Mountain Music Festival which is held in June each year on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Hot Springs, NC. The festival is FREE to the public and features some of the region's best Traditional and Bluegrass Music followed by an evening Square Dance until dark.  


Dance is the only art of which we ourselves
are the stuff of which it is made.
Ted Shawn

The Bailey Mountain Cloggers Folk Dance Company of Mars Hill College will host the Southern Clogging Championships.


The play's the thing...
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Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater (SART) at Mars Hill College is home to one of the finest local repertory theaters in the state, featuring live drama from the classics to works by local playwrights. SART offers several seasons, varying with the schedule of the host, Mars Hill College.

For more information, call 828-689-1384 or e-mail SART at sart@mhc.edu

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