The scenic drive from Cherokee to the Virginia state line guarantees beauty in more ways than one. Take a detour off the Blue Ridge Parkway to meet some of the artists inspired by our majestic mountains, wild landscapes, and natural diversity — and to appreciate a different sort of view.
In Pitt County, a luthier’s handcrafted guitars are sometimes discolored or full of knots; some are shaped liked snakes or shotguns. Each instrument’s story starts with the wood used to make it. And while the past may have left its scars, beauty can be found in the sights and sounds of art.
The Handmade Hanukkah Market may be quiet this year, but the close-knit community of artisans at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh will not let a pandemic keep them down. Families will still be celebrating together, in their homes, remembering markets past — and hand-making goodies for the future.