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appalachian woman

"The patience Karcher gives to her work is the same patience she shows visitors who find themselves lingering."--Blue Ridge Country Magazine


"This is where sculptor Collene Karcher wields her sculpting tools. Unlike some art galleries, Collene invites visitors to touch the finished work."--Southern Living Magazine

Stonecarver Collene Karcher has over 20 years of experience in the art of carving stone. Her background includes study at the Rhode Island School of Design & in Italy. She received a bachelor of arts degree while apprenticing under stonecarver George Wagner. Her background also includes restoration work on the Michigan & Ohio state capital buildings. One of only a handful of stonecarvers in the U.S. still practicing handcut letters in stone, she discontinued exhibiting in art shows & galleries  in 1994 while opening her studio to the public. In 2011 she was accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

"This artist's sculpture begs to be touched."--The Boston Herald

"What's a sculptor classically trained in Rhode Island and Italy doing in a barn in Sylva? Don't ask, just marvel at the figurative pieces she wrests from 1600-pound blocks of marble."--The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina


"Sculptor Collene Karcher hammers as the marble sings."--Our State North Carolina Magazine

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