Tour the Artist Studios in Grovewood Village
February 18 from 11am - 4pm
On Saturday, February 18, visitors are invited to go behind-the-scenes and tour of the artist studios in Grovewood Village. Grovewood Viilage is home to 9 working artist studios occupied by 12 artists who work across mediums. Tours are free and self-guided and will take place from 11am - 4pm.
Grovewood Village has a rich craft history. Both are housed in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, built during 1917-1924 by The Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely. Remnants from this Arts & Crafts enterprise can still be found throughout Grovewood, and the buildings bear the marks of the craftspeople who worked here a lifetime ago. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country - worn by U.S. Presidents and First Ladies.
Local entrepreneur Harry Blomberg purchased the property in the 1950s, providing the leadership and resources necessary to keep the fabric business going for several more years. It was his family who established the artist studios and Grovewood Gallery in 1992, carrying on Biltmore Industries’ tradition of supporting local craftspeople. Today, Grovewood’s resident artists create jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and more, in the same workshops where the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun was once created.