Islands Park Art Market

children with grandmother viewing art at a vendor table at island park art market
a couple shopping at the island park art market

Browse for Cherokee art in the fresh air.

The Islands Park Art Market stands as a vibrant testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Cherokee people, showcasing the talents of dozens of authentic Cherokee artisans. Steeped in tradition, this market is a living canvas that brings to life the essence and significance of Cherokee artistry. The offerings span a diverse range of traditional crafts.

The Islands Park Art Market is located adjacent to the Oconaluftee Island Park at the intersection of US 441N and US 19.

It provides visitors with a unique opportunity to engage with the artists, learn about the stories behind each creation, and appreciate the enduring legacy of Cherokee artistry. As patrons explore the market, they not only acquire beautiful and meaningful pieces but also become part of the ongoing narrative of preserving and celebrating the vibrant artistic traditions of the Cherokee people.

Art that tells a story.

Woodworking, a craft deeply rooted in Cherokee culture, produces functional and decorative pieces that showcase the natural beauty of the materials. From intricately carved utensils to ceremonial masks, each creation is a testament to the respect for nature and the practical skills passed down through generations. These beautiful pieces of art serve as visual narratives, bridging the gap between the past and the present, and embodying the spirit of the Cherokee people.

hand carved wooden artwork of small wolves
island park art market shopper looking at baskets

Basket weaving, a cherished tradition.

Basket Weaving is an art form that goes beyond functionality. The baskets created by Cherokee artisans are not just containers; they are a representation of the interwoven threads of community and heritage. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in each basket tell stories of unity, sustainability, and the importance of preserving cultural practices.

Stay and play

Each place you visit in Cherokee pulses with the stories and significance of a people whose roots run deep and whose ancient wisdom is fascinating to uncover. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Western North Carolina, Cherokee invites you to smell the wood smoke and open your ears. If you listen closely, maybe you can hear the chanting of the little Nunnehi people of the mountain peaks. No need to resist Cherokee’s invitations to dive right in. Fire off a blowgun if you dare, but make sure your spouse is in the clear. As you cast your line into the trout-filled rivers or wash your face in the sweet spray of a waterfall, let the powerful feelings of Cherokee carry you. Even if it’s just for a day or two.

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A collage of four images: a smiling woman holding colorful handcrafted bags, a detailed handmade basket on a rock by water, and a wooden carving of a deer in a natural setting.

Cherokee Awaits.