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    • 13 May 2020
    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    Don’t know what to do with that beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric? Maybe you have a vintage table runner that needs a new life. How about that partial skein of yarn that isn’t enough for a project, but is too beautiful to toss? Discover the art doll as a means of creative expression for textile and fiber lovers. In this class we will learn the basics of constructing a stump doll. We will explore design principles, sources of inspiration, and methods for adapting various materials to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind figure. These figures will be constructed primarily of cloth, but mixed-media options will be discussed. A working sewing machine and basic sewing skills are required.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $25 for Pattern, fabric for head and hands, stand, stuffing

    Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180

    Instructor: Ann Hord-Heatherley

    • 14 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 16 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Day 1: The Favorite Sketchbook

    There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too! It opens totally flat, can be made from easy to fine materials, and best of all, it features a textile cover and you made it! We'll be making a 6" x 6" sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper. Once you make this book in class, you'll know how to make larger and smaller version with whatever paper you want! You'll learn all the book making basics and then some…paper stuff, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal. I will bring a tool kit for you to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabrics to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures. Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

    Day 2: The Perfect Bound Journal

    The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used in a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary. We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons.  Once we finish our small ( 5” x 3.75” ) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.

    Level: All levels

    Materials fee: $55 for handouts, use of book binding kit, sketch paper, glues, waxed linen, extra fabrics, All supplies needed to make sketchbook

    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240


    • 23 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    Madder root is the gift that keeps giving. This natural pigment is found in the red roots of the madder plant. We will extract orange, red, and pink tone’s from madder root – nature’s red root – in order to create prints on silk and cotton. We will cover resist and bundle dyeing techniques, and discuss how these methods can be used for mending and hiding stains. Everyone will walk away with custom textiles, along with the natural dyeing knowledge needed to explore the array of pigments nature has to offer.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Nica Rabinowitz

    • 25 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Learn this very simple, enchanting, and soothing embroidery style! Choose which of five traditional Japanese patterns you’d like to embroider. Your class comes with everything you need— sashiko thread, the correct size needle, and the sampler of your choice in a beautiful indigo dyed 100% cotton from Japan.

    NOTE: You won’t finish your sampler in class, which is great— sashiko is excellent for car rides, classes & lectures, TV show watching, sitting in front of the woodstove while a friend knits— and you’ll get plenty of carefree minutes out of this first project!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann

    • 30 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25  includes all fabrics and supplies  

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 7
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    Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.

    Level: Intermediate

    Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.

    Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 09 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Learn to knit and purl, and then make a hat. You'll leave the class with a new skill and a warm head!

    Local Cloth studio supplies yarn and needles or participants can bring their own.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Lynne Noble

    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    Learn to set up and keep an organic indigo vat. We will explore the biochemistry of the organic vat and learn how to trouble shoot, adjust and maintain your vat. Each person will go home with a vat that they can keep going for years. There will also be an organic vat available for dyeing and experimenting with while we wait for the magic to happen in your own vats.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba

    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Tablet weaving, makes a long narrow belts, using tablets with four holes in the corners. It is an ancient and rare form of weaving, with a multitude of patterns and possibilities. We will start with a two-color threading to experiment on a variety of structures and patterns, including lettering. You can spell out your own words in your weaving. It is challenging, rewarding, and inspiring. You will leave this class with a small belt and a good understanding of tablet weaving. 

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $10

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Peace Weaver

    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Join us for a day of creating felted jewelry, Bring some various stone options for us to felt around and create a pendant. Depending on time, this can be taken home to add to any chain you desire or we can create felted necklaces for which your felted stone can hang from. This will be a wet felting class with addition details done in both needle felting and sewing. This is detailed handwork and is best suited for those with some felting experience.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks

    • 20 Jun 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Learn the fun and messy craft of making handmade paper, which can be made from recycled paper as well as local plants. Your paper can be smooth or textured, with add-ins like glitter or plant seeds, and provides almost instant gratification. Go home with enough paper for a set of note cards or to make a book.



    Level: Beginning Materials Fee: $10 for pulp, use of molds & deckles, add-ins

    Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65

    Instructor: bio Judi Jetson

    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Participants will learn all the basics of ribbed basketry and create an heirloom basket in this two day workshop. Weaving tips, using natural materials,adding textural accents and finishing techniques will be explored. Beginner weavers and others with experience will enjoy this ribbed basketry primer.
    Bring your reading glasses and some hand strength required

    Level: Beginning

    Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Carla Filippelli

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 4
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    This is a beginning class for getting started with a knitting machine. We will learn to cast on, bind off, increase, decrease on the machine. Learn to set it up and take down the machine. We will make a number of small projects. You do not need to know how to hand knit though it will be a bit easier to learn.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $20

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: bio Lori Helms

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 14
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    This is a class for anyone interested in combining two or more colors. Projects can range from choosing colors to paint your house, dyeing fabric or yarn, beading, knitting, weaving, felting or any other craft project where you get stuck thinking about how to combine multiple colors in a beautiful and harmonious way.

    Level: All levels

    Materials Fee:  $5 for magazines, color chips

    Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30

    Instructor: Judy Levine

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 5
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    The goal of this class is to expose you to the basic understanding of the craft of sewing. We will learn to make a very simple yet fun detailed muslin top that is easy to wear. You will learn to sew and design your top in a practical fabric that will allow you to learn with out worry.

    You will learn that knowing that each and every new step you master builds on itself, resulting in knowing you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought possible. The beauty of sewing is that it provides endless goals to reach for, with creativity that is uniquely your own. I like to think of all the sewists that have come before me… famous or not. For I am doing exactly what they have done… that connection excites and inspires me. It is my hope that I can introduce you to the pleasures of sewing and the community it can foster.


    Level:Beginner

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Cynthia Anderson 

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 9
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    Participants will learn many fine points of wicker basketry. Exploring basket set ups, textural additions, and finishing techniques everyone goes home with an ample handmade heirloom basket. Using hand dyed reeds and textural accents this instructor combines discussions on dyeing methods, basketry history,and tips in a non competitive and playful day of basket weaving.

    Level: All

    Materials Fee:  $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Carla Fillipelli

    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 23 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 20
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    Learn all about natural dyes, mordants and ph, and how to prepare your fiber as well as how the indigo vat works. This is a lecture only class, you will not be dyeing, but after this class you will be prepared to join one of the study groups or take a hands on natural dye class.

    Level: Beginner

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $15, Non-members $20

    Instructor: bio Joyce Tromba and Eileen Hallman

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee: $25  includes all fabrics and supplies  

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
    Register

    Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.

    Level: Intermediate

    Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.

    Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio 

    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Weaving on a triangle loom is fun, creative, easy and quick. There is no elaborate planning and measuring process. Triloom weaving is an efficient way to use yarn, so you can use your stash yarn or more expensive designer, or hand-spun yarns. Triangle looms are great for weaving plaid patterns and elegant lace patterns. The process is simple to learn and is enjoyable for adults and children of any age. Continuous strand weaving has no separate warp and weft but uses one continuous strand of yarn. This instruction is a basic class on continuous strand weaving and can be used as an entry to more advance techniques such as twill, lace, double weaves, inlay, tartans, and other color sequences, and for the designer!

    Level: Beginning

    Materials Fee:  $5.00 for Instructional handouts

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman

    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Combine woven shibori, a loom controlled patterning system using temporary gathering threads, with silk noil and Lanaset dyes to create samples or a scarf. Bring your 4-8 harness loom dressed with a dummy warp 180 ends sett at 12epi (instructions and threading drafts will be provided) ready to tie on silk.  In addition to the aforementioned loom, participants will need to bring 2 shuttles, bobbins, warp separator (paper or sticks), scissors, seam ripper and other tools for weaving. A pickup stick longer than 15" is optional. Manual bobbin winders will be available. Learn the process. Handouts will support taking your new skills to your home studio.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Materials fee: $35 for silk noil warps (one per participant), silk weft, embroidery floss, dyes (including vinegar and sodium alginate), handouts, woven shibori samples, miscellaneous tools (plastic containers, brushes, cross holders, etc.)

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360

    Instructor: Neal Howard

    • 05 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    We will wet felt a scarf. We will choose among various colored silk scarves that will be the base.. We will use prefelt plus we will explore all the possible embellishments. Some felting experience is required.

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $30

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Judy Ott

    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Take this in-depth class from experienced knitter and designer Gregg Johnson and learn how to go beyond commercial patterns and develop the best knitted fabric for your sweater design. You'll also learn about: Yarn Structure and size, Color Palette and color placement, Custom Fit, How to take and use your body measurements, Garment Shape and Fit to Flatter principles, How to get professional finishing results, Choosing stitch patterns, and much more. Be warned - there is homework!

    Level: Intermediate

    Materials Fee: $4

    Registration: Members $300, Non-members $350

    Instructor: bio Gregg Johnson

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Unlock the mysteries of screen printing with simple, immediate, low-tech processes to print anything from t-shirts to fine scarves, from paper cards to fabric yardage. We will design a range of stencils to print through screens including: painting with screen filler and drawing fluid, rubbing textures with wax, cutting shelf paper, and more. Printing media will focus primarily on water-soluble textile inks, but we will also review processes to thicken dyes and color removers. Let me show you lots of techniques and tricks to take back home and keep on printing on your own!


    Level: Beginner

    Materials fee: $30

    Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240

    Instructor:  Bio Jen Swearington

    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 6
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    Curious about spinning? This class is designed for the new spinner, or someone who needs a refresher on the basics. Learn about the workings of a spinning wheel and tools like the niddy noddy and lazy kate. Practice the motions of drafting (pulling) fiber and spinning it into yarn. Plying and finishing yarn will also be covered, if there is time. You'll leave this class with a skein of yarn from what you've spun. All tools provided, or bring your own wheel if you have one.


    Level: Beginner
    Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels

    Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60

    Instructor: Lorri Helms

    • 20 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Come dip your toes (literally) into wet felting. You will learn to make a basic pattern to work with when making wet felted slippers using a resist. This will be a fun day with an arm work out and some cozy slippers to take home, just in time for the colder season. Wet felting does take some stamina and you will be getting your feet wet. This is a skill you will be able to easily take home and make more            slippers if you desire! 


    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $35

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: Jamie Sparks bio 

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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    Experience the bliss of working with two colors at once (one in each hand) to create deceptively intricate-looking patterns. Skills taught include reading (and writing your own!) charts for stranded knitting; working corrugated ribbing for the mitten cuff; how to create thumb gussets; decreasing in pattern; and how to incorporate letters and numbers into your designs. Stranded knitting techniques from a variety of cultures, like Fair Isle, Swedish Bohus, and indigenous Russian designs will be discussed. Prerequisite skills: students should have experience knitting in the round (either on DPNs or magic loop method). 

    Level: Intermediate 

    Materials Fee: $0

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Jess Kaufman

    • 04 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 10
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    Students will learn felting basics by making a beret or cloche with a roll up or flared brim.

    Level: All Levels

    Materials Fee: $25

    Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120

    Instructor: bio Vansanto

    • 05 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC
    • 8
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