Our mission is to celebrate and share

the artistic talent of Southern Appalachia and

contribute to keeping American craft alive.

 

 

 

 

gallery of the mountains

Gallery of the Mountains in The Omni Grove Park Inn

Gallery of the Mountains

Founded in 1984 by Jim and Jane LaFerla, Gallery of the Mountains is more than just a gallery. It’s a testament to the artistic spirit of the Southern Appalachian region. After the LaFerlas’ retirement in 2004, the gallery’s ownership was passed on to Asheville natives Barbara Blomberg, Marilyn Blomberg Patton, and S.M. “Buddy” Patton. Today, their family carries on the tradition of supporting local artists and connecting people to craft.

 

Gallery of the Mountains WNC Ceramist Garrett McNeill

Art that tells a story

At Gallery of the Mountains, each item carries a story of the artisan who lovingly made it, using time-tested craft techniques passed down through generations. Our artisans have spent years honing their craft, and their commitment to high-quality craftsmanship is reflected in each piece.

Vintage postcard of the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

The Grove Park Inn

Gallery of the Mountains is situated inside The Grove Park Inn, a hotel that boasts the largest public collection of American Arts & Crafts style furnishings in the world, largely designed and handmade by the Roycroft Artisan Community from East Aurora, New York. Opened in 1913, the hotel was built by the legendary E.W Grove and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn has become a present-day mecca for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts who travel from across the country to attend the National Arts & Crafts Conference hosted here annually.

 

We envision a culture where American makers are valued and handmade traditions, fine craftsmanship, and quality prevail.

Our Values

CRAFTSMANSHIP – There’s a difference between low-cost, mass-produced products and handcrafted, carefully detailed ones. Our handmade artisan collections are created with passion and care, honoring time-tested techniques passed down from generation to generation.

COMMUNITY – The future is local. By supporting American makers, we are investing money back into the communities where we live.

CONNECTION – Connecting people to craft is at the heart of what we do. Every piece we carry has a story. Once it’s yours, the story continues – as do the handcraft traditions rooted in the foundation of our history.

INTEGRITY – Character matters. We are fair, accountable, respectful, and do the right thing.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE – We believe in creating a great customer experience and learning from feedback to level up.

SUSTAINABILITY – How and where it’s made matters. Handmade products tend to require less energy and natural resources compared to mass-produced ones. Many mass-produced items come from overseas, requiring long-distance shipping, which increases carbon emissions. Our handmade collections are responsibly made in small American studios, reducing our environmental impact.