The York House Inn is just down the road from Hambidge Center.
As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the Hambidge Center has a distinguished history of supporting individual artists in a residency program. The Center also continues to act as a steward of its extraordinary 600-acre setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Center was created in 1934 by Mary Hambidge, who established the artist enclave and sustainable farm in memory of her artist partner, Jay Hambidge (1867–1924). After a brief career as a performer on vaudeville stages (Mary was a world-class whistler who appeared with her pet mockingbird Jimmy), she discovered weaving and eventually found her home among Appalachian weavers in the North Georgia mountains.
In the early days of Hambidge, she employed local women to create exceptional weavings that would one day be featured in many exhibits including the Smithsonian and MOMA. Later she broadened the scope of the Center by inviting artists for extended stays. After her death in 1973, the Center evolved into a formal and competitive residency program open to creative individuals from all walks of life.
The Hambidge Center is a member of the Alliance of Artist's Communities and was recognized with the 1996 Cultural Olympiad Regional Designation Award in the Arts.
The 2017 schedule is packed, here are a few examples beginning in April 2017:
- 1st Saturday Gristmill visit
- 2nd Saturday Artist Talk
- 3rd Saturday Nature Hike
More information and a complete calendar can be found at www.hambidge.org
Many of our guests stay at the Inn, and take a day trip to Asheville, N.C. just 1 1/2 hours north. Of course the
Biltmore Estate is not to be missed but Historic Grovewood Village is another do not miss. The former Biltmore Industries celebrates its centennial this year on June 17th. Activities will include a fiber art exhibition, guided tours, artist demonstrations and arts and crafts historian Bruce Johnson will be a guest speaker.
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More information can be found at www.grovewood.com