The first Black Arts and Craft Exhibition was held in Hendersonville, NC in March.
The exhibition, resulting from the creative energy of Crystal Cauley, featured multiple genres created by Henderson County’s African American community.
Cauley is the founder of the Black Business Network of WNC, which strives to embrace and celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs and businesses owners. One reason she took on the Black Arts and Craft Exhibition was to share the rich cultural heritage of African American in Henderson County.
She loves researching local cultures, traditions, and writing. “I have always been grounded in my culture and learned that the African American History of Henderson County is amazing! I want us to unite and tell this incredible history through many forms of artwork, crafts, quilts, and Black Art exhibitions annually to give dignity to the past, present and future, and to reach the younger generation,” said Cauley.
“There is also a need to bring more cultural diversity to my hometown of Hendersonville,” said Crystal.
Cauley recently hosted a contest in preparation for a project that will tell the black history of Henderson County, NC through art and creative craft presentations. On May 2, 2019, Hendersonville, Mayor Barbara Volk honored her and Diamond Cash in recognition of the first Black Arts & Craft Exhibition.
The next Black Arts and Craft Exhibition, focusing on Caribbean Arts and Crafts, will take place in August at Emanuels Corner, 726 1st Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739. The dates will be announced in July. Those interested in participating may contact Cauley at firstname.lastname@example.org.