Going to the "source" is always a good idea. When I need information on thread, for example, I call Sulky. For home projects, I ask my darling spouse, Patrick.
So for learning about Asheville, I decided to go to the Downtown Asheville Pack Library. Well, let me tell you! What a treasure trove in the "North Carolina" room! Maps, old pics and newspaper clippings. Tons of book on local people and history. I could have stayed all day, but wanted to work in the studio on some Appalachian Sunset vessels.
The thing that hit me was display about Anthony Lord, "artist, architect, and craftsman".
Saw marvelous artist renditions of some of his buildings. One of the things I find so intriging about Asheville is so many beautiful and artist attention to even the smallest detail. Terra cotta tiles tucked up high on a building, on the sidewalks, in the way the brick was installed. Even things like a door knob or a gate (both below) are work of art.
Part of me longs to be in the studio, in that zen-like place I go to when I'd discovering Asheville. But part of me finds it inspiring to get out and about and learn about this City I love!