The Randolph Arts Guild Shop

 is fully stocked with exquisite and enchanting items to fulfill your buying needs for yourself or those for whom you are shopping. Our discriminating buyer has chosen arts and crafts created by local and regional artisans. 

North Carolina Potters Conference

The North Carolina Potters Conference is a premier ceramics conference.  Through its history the conference has featured the some of the best ceramics artists from around the world.  This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. 

Important Notice: As our promise to Randolph Arts Guild members and friends of the arts in Randolph County, the Board of Directors strives to keep you informed about updates and changes. Please note that Shelia Barnes is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the Arts Guild. Plans are underway to search for a new Executive Director. Thank you all for your support of the Randolph Arts Guild!

In The Gallery

July 10th – 31st at the Randolph Arts Guild

Bramble Ramble-  Come visit a very important part of the Randolph Arts Guild legacy.  Artists from around the area come together to create wonderful art inspired by our very own Claudia Ainsworth and her little friend Bramble whom were fixtures here at RAG for 30 years.  After serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years, Claudia, with Bramble by her side, worked as the gift shop manager for more than 20 years.  Part of the proceeds for this shows sales will be donated to the Claudia Ainsworth Memorial. 

All are welcome to the open reception on July 10, 2018  at 5:30pm.  

Upcoming Emerging Artist Concert

Bruce Piephoff
Monday, August 13th from 6-8 pm
Sunset Theatre
$10, tickets at the door

Bruce Piephoff  has been recording and performing, mostly out of Greensboro, for several decades. Firmly a part of the Appalachian tradition of story-songs and character portraits, it’s his versatility that makes his music so fascinating. Easily touching both the shores of folk music and poetry with simple, compelling imagery and subtle depth, Piephoff’s unassuming voice, ringing with wit and sincerity, steals the show.
He began in Chapel Hill, NC in the late 60’s, while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, at the age of 19.  Searching for a major, he decided on English, and followed a life long love of literature.  As a child, Bruce was a dreamer at heart, and loved the classic comic books of that time.  These led him to the classics themselves, including Huckleberry Finn, The Count of Monte Cristo, Moby Dick, etc.
After two years, Bruce dropped out of college to pursue music.  He was particularly inspired by his dad’s collection of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie records.  His dad also played guitar, harmonica, and sang as a hobby, but Bruce immediately felt this could be his vocation.  Bruce traveled nationwide, playing in small cafes and bars.  He spent time in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles, before travelling to Europe and playing in the streets of Amsterdam as a busker.  By the age of 27, he had landed back in Durham, NC, working at John Umstead Hospital as a music and recreation therapist, and playing his music on weekends.
From there, Bruce decided to go back to UNC-Greensboro, where he finished his education with a B.A. in English, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the school’s acclaimed writing program.  He studied poetry with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson before entering the N.C. Arts Council’s Visiting Artists Program.  This program enabled Bruce to become the Artist-in-Residence in a number of community colleges across NC, including those in Columbus, Brunswick, and Pitt counties. He then went on to residencies in Orlando, FL; Danville, VA; Norfolk, VA; and western NC.
Bruce appeared at thousands of performances through this program, at locations such as schools, churches, and festivals, until the program ended in 2001.
Since then, Bruce has returned to working as an independent singer, songwriter, and poet; he has recorded 21 CDs of original material for Flyin’ Cloud Records, and performed nationwide on the folk singer/songwriter circuit.  He just published his second book of poetry, Fiddlers and Middlers, in 2009. In October, 2011, he released his 21st CD, Still Looking Up At The Stars, produced by Scott Sawyer. Soft Soap Purrings is his 22nd CD release in 2014.  Bruce has shared the stage with Steve Forbert, Riders In The Sky, Greg Allman, Chuck Brodsky, Tom Paxton, and others,  and has played everywhere from Merlefest to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


Asheboro’s Out and About Friday

Join us downtown for Asheboro’s monthly Out and About Friday. Held every 3rd Friday during the months of April through September, downtown businesses stay open later for your shopping pleasure, while some offer specials, entertainment and special events, from 5-8 pm.  From musical entertainment, car shows, crafts and activities, to food trucks, restaurants and a wonderful downtown atmosphere.

Join us at the Randolph Arts Guild on July 20th from 5-8 pm for sidewalk entertainment from pianist, composer and teacher Andrew John Lyon.

Inside, shop in our newly stocked gift shop and visit the gallery for this month’s show, The Bramble Ramble.

But don’t forget to finish your visit off with some special summer activities inside Gallery 101.

Check out more community Out and About Activities at

All are welcome!!!!

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Our Mission:

The mission of the Randolph Arts Guild is to develop, coordinate, and promote activities for the citizens of Randolph County to educate, foster appreciation, and provide for self-expression of the arts.


The Randolph Arts Guild

123 Sunset Avenue Asheboro, NC 27203

PO Box 1033 Asheboro, NC 27204

Phone: (336) 629-0399 Fax: (336) 629-2892


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