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Mountain Made Art Gallery – Celebrating Contemporary Mountain Arts & Crafts for 20 Years!

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“Mountain Made Art Gallery is Celebrating

20 Years of Offering the Some of the Best Local Arts & Crafts in WNC!”

This has been a long time coming. We have some great years and some … well, some not so great. But through it all we have stood firm in our essential mission – We are proud to support the entrepreneurial development of the arts and crafts professionals in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.

While other downtown galleries may brag about the size of their square footage or how famous their out-of-town artists may be, we here at MOUNTAIN MADE have made it a point over the past 20 years to only offer what we consider to be the best writers, artists and master craftspeople who live and work here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We are naturally proud that our arts and crafts are handcrafted and using authentic methods and materials, to create one-of-a-kind collections of both contemporary mountain crafts and traditional local art.

So we will be hosting wonderful artist demos and exhibitions during the month of October as our 20th Anniversary celebration!

We be highlighting the some of our best Mountain Made artists, writers and craftspeople.

 

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Handmade Glass Ornaments by Scientific Glassblower Jason Probstein

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Inside the Artist Studio with Jason Probstein

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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… We want to share with you some videos of Jason at work:

About Jason Probstein

Jason does a form of lampworking called scientific glassblowing. Jason received a degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College and has studied Venetian glass techniques at the Penland School of Craft. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild

He has performed residency glassblowing demonstrations at Walt Disney World, The Biltmore House and Gardens and as will 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.

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He’s Back! Holiday Glassblowing by Jason Probstein [2022]

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“A Wonderful Family Tradition” – Live Holiday Glass Blowing Demos

Every Friday, Saturday and Monday in December – 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Glassblowing

Uncommon Glass Christmas Ornaments

Here at Mountain Made, we are proud that since 2010, master scientific glass blower, Jason Probstein has been presenting his live glassblowing demonstrations here at our art gallery. In fact many families have made special trips into town to view him at work and collect “this year’s new ornament”.

So once again we are proud to announce that Jason will be blowing his unique Christmas ornaments here at Mountain Made from December 2 to December 24, 2022 … Or until his gas tanks run dry!  Jason will be demonstrating from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 3 days a week: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays.

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Master Glassblower Creates Christmas Ornaments at Mountain Made

Mountain Made is proud to have had Jason display his craft during the holiday season. We invite you to come by the gallery and watch Jason at work.

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Winter Wonderland 2022 – Fun Things to Do at the Grove Arcade

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Grove’s Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration

Winter Wonderland begins THIS Saturday (Nov 19th) with the Grove’s Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony!

Hosted by Aaron Price and featuring live music performances from local choir A Capella Alive! and Random Acts of Music. The festivities start at 5:00pm, so stop by for a drink and the holiday spirit!

Winter Wonderland Events

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

  • 11/19/22 – Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony & Opening Night
  • 11/26/22 -Holiday Face Painting
  • 12/02/22 – Holiday Glass Blowing By Jason Probstein (every Friday, Saturday & Monday in December)
  • 12/03 & 10/22 – Children’s Book Reading with G. Pa Rhymes
  • 12/04/22 – Christ Presbyterian Academy Performance

We invite you to drop by the Arcade this holiday season and check out all the local merchants during the Winter Wonderland celebration. Directions to the > Mountain Made gallery, inside the Grove Arcade

New Wood Cutting Boards Are Here – Great for Butter Boards or Charcuterie Platters

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Wood Cutting Boards – Ready for those Holiday Feasts?

A great wood cutting board should be a staple in every kitchen.

Wooden cutting or serving boards are preferred by both professional chefs and home cooks alike because they require very little effort to keep clean and are easy on expensive knife blades.

Which is why Mountain Made is happy to introduce a new line of decorative cutting boards and cheese serving boards by artisan woodworker Scott Reed from the Sloth and Crow studio.

Scott offers a variety of cutting board styles – from single-serving “paddle” boards, just perfect for snacking while standing around a fall bonfire to wonderful rectangular or square cheese boards done in a variety of woods, just right for a charcuterie or a “butter board”.

What is a Butter Board?

Butter boards are in! They are newest food trend overtaking the Internet. But first of all … What is it? “Butter Boards” are not to be confused with a charcuterie board.

Now a charcuterie board or as it’s more down home cousin is called, the “cheese and cracker party platter”, is all about piling on the meats and cheeses along with selected fruit, nuts and crackers to create an easy and quick hors d’oeuvre plate for entertaining.

A butter board on the other hand, is exactly what it sound like … it is soften butter (or cream cheese) spread out on a communal serving board topped with a variety of tasty toppings artfully arranged for display.

The professional foodies claim it is more about showy techniques than it a real “recipe” but here is a simple yet delicious butter board “formula” we found online:

A FAILPROOF BUTTER BOARD FORMULA

The key to a good butter board is the flavor profile. You want build it out, layer by layer, carefully so make sure all the flavors are balanced yet everything still looks amazing.

The Butter: Start with a high-quality unsalted butter. Spread it out so it about 1/8 inch thick. Use a butter knife or wooden spreader to swirl the butter into pretty patterns of your choosing.

The Salt: Add salt with some crunch to it like kosher or flaky sea salt.

The Toppings: Now you can start layering edible flowers, fresh herbs and veggies on top of the butter in just about any design or layout you want. “This is essentially [just] a glorified stick of butter,” said Justine Doiron, a New York recipe developer. https://justinesnacks.com/how-to-make-a-butter-board/

Spice: Next you can add black pepper, cinnamon, smoked paprika or a drizzle with a good quality honey to finish.

Serve with warm, rustic bread and your favorite adult beverage. You can encouraged to scoop up the butter with a swipe of bread.

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The next time you are in the downtown Asheville area, we invite you to come by and check our wonderful selection of wood cutting boards and unique serving boards here at the gallery > Directions to Mountain Made Art Gallery.

Meet the Writers – Our Autumn Book Signing

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Local Women Writers’ Book Signing, Saturday November 5, 2022

Celia Miles (left), Nancy Dillingham (right)

NOV 5, 2022 – Meet the Writers: Mountain Made Gallery will be hosting a book signing for some of our most popular women writers: Victoria Lyall, Nancy Dillingham and Celia Miles from 12PM til 3PM.

The books from these wonderful women writers range from fun, “who-done-it” cozy mysteries, to contemporary poetry; to gripping cutting edge novels. (more…)

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