Art explosion downtown: Big Crafty Sunday from noon to six

On Sunday, July 16th, about 160 artists come together for a craft showcase at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

On Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., check out 160 carefully selected artists and crafters at Pack Square Park during the outdoor summer edition of the Big Crafty, one of Asheville's most popular art events.

"We've seen lots of small creative entrepreneurs and indeed, the creative community, grow and mature. It's a community, a movement and an ethic that we're so honored to be a part of," wrote founder-organizers Brandy Bourne and Justin Rabuck in a press release.

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Bourne and Rabuck say the Big Crafty is a celebration of the local creative community and as such, they make sure that emerging artists have a strong presence at each event, and that no two Big Crafties are alike. In 2017, they say, 30 percent of the artists are participating in their very first Crafty.

This is the event's ninth year, and this summer event is the nineteenth Big Crafty (it's a twice yearly event).

The Big Crafty began at The Grey Eagle but moved to the larger Asheville Art Museum for its second event. There's been a July and December Big Crafty ever since, and the event has been voted WNC's favorite art/craft event every year.

Big Crafty founders Bourne and Rabuck have also produced the Big Love Fest and the Big Day, and own Horse + Hero gallery and creative services in downtown Asheville.

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