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Art Connections Tours to Asheville

Before Symposium
Saturday, July 6 – Half Day Tour – $50/Per Person

  • Visit to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a guided tour of the exhibition Woodn’t You Like to Know featuring 30 wood artists  
  • Demonstration of wood turning by Southern Highland Craft Guild member Jack Rogers 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville to see the Wood Only Work (W.O.W.) exhibition featuring over 20 wood artists, including guided tour of exhibition
  • Artist talk with Betty Scarpino at Blue Spiral 1

After Symposium
Tuesday, July 16 – Full Day Tour – $135/Per Person

  • Visit to David Ellsworth’s studio just north of Asheville 
  • Visit to Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler’s studio on the northern edge of downtown 
  • Lunch at an area independent restaurant 
  • Visit to the Folk Art Center to see the Woodn’t You Like to Know exhibition 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 Gallery to see the W.O.W. exhibition 
  • This tour includes transportation once in Asheville. Transportation from Raleigh to Asheville not included.

Click here for details and to register.


  Preview the handout book online for details of the AAW Symposium, including: Special Presentation, Special Interest Sessions, Convention Center floor plans, Trade Show list and floor plans, schedule, abstracts of rotations, Exhibitions & Auctions information, Youth Classes, and more! Click here view / print.




Preview / print the Symposium schedule, click here.




Have the AAW Symposium rotations, demonstrators, Trade Show exhibitors, floor plan and more, at your fingertips with the AAW Symposium App (Guidebook) for mobile devices! Get a link to the App sent to your device fast... Simply enter your cell phone number and click the "send" button. Next, you'll receive a text message with a direct link!  Click here to download.



  Make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible because the hotel is filling quickly and some dates my already be unavailable.

Symposium hotel information, click here.


Scooter Rental - Scootaround

   Parking - Map of parking near the Convention Center.



Make, bring along, and display up to three pieces of turned work in the Instant Gallery which will feature more than 1,000 works in wood by woodturners of all skill levels who are attending the symposium.


Create, bring along, and donate a turned work to be sold in AAW's silent benefit auction. Funds raised will be used by the AAW to continue to develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community.


Turn, bring along, and donate a bowl of any size to the AAW's Empty Bowls initiative, to benefit  Special Olympics Wake County.
Don't want to carry bowls in your suitcase? You may ship your bowls to the following address AFTER JUNE 1:


Attention: Empty Bowls


300 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC  27514



Make, bring along, and donate a handmade lidded box to hold the beads of a child coping with serious illness through Beads of Courage. See Guidelines.
Don't want to carry Beads of Courage lidded boxes in your suitcase? You may ship your bowls to the following address AFTER JUNE 1:


Attention: Beads of Courage


300 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC  27514




Make sure your spouse or adult guest is aware of the activities listed on the spouse/companion page of the website. Some activities may require sign up or a reservation. Click here to learn more.



Youth ages 10 to 18 are eligible to register for free hands-on instruction. Students will make a variety of projects or may attend educational woodturning rotations. Preregistration is required. Click here to learn more.



Fed Ex shipping services will be available in the Trade Show at #T17

  • Friday, July 12, from 1:00p to 6:00p 
  • Saturday, July 13, 1:00p to 6:00p 
  • Sunday, July 14,  11:00a to 5:00p

$5 handling fee, plus cost of shipping.
NO CASH will be accepted.Use a debit/credit card or Fed Ex account.
Open a Fed Ex account by clicking here.

Click here for account set up instructions.

There is no fee to open a Fed Ex, however your billing information, including a credit card number, are required for to set up your account.



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