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Inside the Artist’s Studio with Painter Joy Dorr

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Foggy Mountain by Joy Dorr

As you might know we frequently publish what we like to call our Inside the Artist’s Studio column. In each article we connect with a featured artist by asking them select questions and showcasing their work.

This month we are doing things a bit differently.

Joy Dorr at Mission Hospital event

We want to share with you the work of Alcohol Ink painter Joy Dorr, whose has four paintings on permanent display at Mission Hospital’s new North Tower at part of Mission’s “Art of Caring” exhibit.

Art in hospitals has been proven to contribute to better mental health, faster healing and overall comfort of patients.

So early in the planning stages of Mission Hospital’s new North Tower the administration decided to focus not only on developing a state-of-the-art healing facility but also in supporting the Western North Carolina community by commissioning artwork from our great local artists.

We are proud that Mountain Made gallery artist Joy Dorr was one of the chosen few.

A Mission nurse and family friend next to Joy’s work.

What did you do when you first heard your artwork was accepted for Mission Hospital’s Art of Caring? How do you feel about having your displayed in the hospital?

I called my husband-he has always encouraged me-he built my studio! So it was a great moment for us. I am honored to be a part of this exhibition.

The concept so aligns with my goal as an artist to inspire and lift up others with edifying images. To surround people who may be in physical and/or emotional pain with peaceful distractions and offer a small measure of hope.

Also what is amazing is that my four paintings are displayed on the floor where one of my best friends works as a nurse. That was a blessing for both of us.

Joy goes on to say,  “Living in Asheville, I am surrounded by the colors and textures of the mountains.  The views are inspiring and I try to bring some version of the images I see to the canvas. Above are 2 of the 4 paintings I sold to Mission Hospital.  Both are 40″ by 60″ on canvas.” (more…)

Thank You All for A Wonderful 2019

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Yes, it’s 2020 – a new year, a new decade,  a time for reflection and to give thanks.

Here at Mountain Made we want to just take a moment to thank YOU…

…Our wonderful customers for another year and another opportunity to serve you!

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Handmade Glass Ornaments & Wine Goblets by Glassblower Jason Probstien

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Glassblower Jason Probstein will be showcasing his awesome Scientific Glassblowing techniques during a series of live holiday demonstrations hosted by Mountain Made from now until Dec 23, 2019.


Mountain Made has been hosting holiday glass blowing demos by Jason for several years now. In fact many families have made special trips into town to view him at work and collect “this year’s new ornament”.

So naturally we are proud to welcome Jason back again for this year…check out our event schedule to learn more.


Jason is a lampworker (master scientific glassblower) living right here in Asheville, North Carolina. Jason received a degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College and has studied Venetian glass techniques at the Penland School of Crafts.

He has performed residency glassblowing demonstrations at Walt Disney World, The Biltmore House and Gardens and downtown here at the Mountain Made Gallery.

Jason works glass tubing and rod with a torch to first heat and then shape his pieces. He uses Corning Pyrex, a strong and very durable glass art piece.

Fuming his wine glasses and champagne flutes with silver and gold makes them change color as the glass goes from full to empty. His most popular glass art pieces are his lightweight, yet durable hand blown holiday tree ornaments. Each ornament is unique in shape and color pattern.

While in Israel, Jason went to the National Museum and was inspired by ancient traditional glass works. There he saw glass pieces in many different shapes and sizes that inspired him. Once back in his studio here in North Carolina, he incorporated these beautiful ancient design elements into his own functional art.


Winter Wonderland 2019 (Black Friday) – Fun Things to Do at the Grove Arcade

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Winter Wonderland Celebration

Beginning November 29 (Black Friday), visitors to the Grove Arcade can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear with Arcade’s annual Winter Wonderland celebration amid the historic building’s beautifully decorated halls.

Opening night festivities are free and open to the public and will run from 5:30-7:30 pm

Our (slightly) famous Winter Wonderland Celebration is a wonderful family event that includes:

  • The Arcade Tree & Hall Lighting Ceremony,
  • A performance by the Asheville Symphony Chorus (starts at 6PM),
  • Live glass blowing by Jason Probstein (11 – 2 pm),
  • And of course, Mountain Made will be OPEN late (until 8 pm) to help you kickoff your holiday shopping season.

Winter Wonderland Events

(Use hashtag #ShareWinterWonder to help us spread the word!)

Gingerbread Houses on Display – Friday, November 20 – Thursday, January 2 (All Day)

Winter Wonderland Opening Night – Friday, November 29, 5:30-7:30 pm

Kids Day! – Sunday, December 1, 1:00-3:00 pm

Music by the Mars Hill Brass Quintet – Saturday, December 7, 4:00-7:00 pm

Music by Aaron Price – Saturday, December 14, 3:00-6:00 pm

“Twas The Night Before Christmas” Read by Darr Conradson – Saturday, December 21, 1:00 pm

Roaring 20’s New Year Eve Party – Tuesday, Dec 31 (Tickets > )

We invite you to drop by the Arcade this Black Friday and check out all the local merchants and our annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Directions to the > Mountain Made gallery, inside the Grove Arcade

Shop Small (and Local) at Mountain Made

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Did you know that 67 percent of all the new jobs in the US are created by small and/or local companies?

We all know it is SO easy to order your holiday gifts online nowadays. Sure a couple of clicks and you are done, right?

But as you can see that dropping by and shopping at your small or local retailer this holiday season, you can have a BIG impact on our economy.

This is because when you shop at a local shop (like Mountain Made gallery) not only do you help support your community and provide jobs for your neighbors but you also get an amazing handcrafted gift as well.

This is why Mountain Made is a proud participate in the Small Business Saturday event.

Held on the Saturday day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting local, small businesses like our that create jobs and boost our local US economy.

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