Welcome to the Toe River Arts Council

Promoting The Arts In Mitchell And Yancey Counties Since 1976

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TRAC Executive Director Search

Denise Cook, Executive Director of the Toe River Arts Council for the past 30 years, is retiring. We are seeking an individual, passionate about the arts, diligent and determined,  ready with a smile and open to forward thinking, to take over the helm of this flagship rural arts, community-oriented organization serving both Mitchell and Yancey counties. Applications accepted through January  2018. Position begins June 1. For complete description, click.

Since 1976, the Toe River Arts Council has been working to connect the arts and the community. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the people who live in this region through arts-related experiences and education. We are proud of our work in the schools, with the artists, for our residents and for those who may just be passing through. Studies show that we learn through hands-on enterprises, whether in school or out, 8 or 80. The Toe River Arts Council creates realities out of those possibilities.



DECEMBER 1-3, 2017 / 10 to 5 PM

Reception : 
December 1 / 5:30 to 7:30 PM / Spruce Pine Gallery /  269 Oak Avenue


Mary Ruth Webb


Drawing / Sculpture by 
Mary Ruth Webb




Studio Tour Participant Exhibit


Studio Tour Participant Show





Annual Meeting
5:30pm – 7:30pm



Burnsville’s Gateway project is a key part of the NC Arts Council’s SmART Initiative focusing on arts-driven economic development strategies to build stronger economies and communities. The proposed artwork will showcase the work of local resident, regional, and national artists that will tell the story of the city. To learn more >

What does the smART Initiative have to do with Economic Development?

Glass Blowers at Penland

Glass Orbs - 1st Batch

Glass Orbs - 1st Batch

Glass Orbs - 1st Batch

Glass Orbs - 1st Batch

Glass Orbs - 1st Batch

Gabion prototype

Prototype gabions pictured above are approximately 1/10 the actual completed size

Phase I of the Burnsville SmART Public Art Plan began at Penland’s glass studio with glass artists—Rob Levin, Kenny Pieper, David and Hayden Wilson, and Courtney Dodd—working with Jack Mackie, a Seattle designer and public artist/planner. Please take a few moments and watch the videos Chanse Simpson made for this first phase of the project. Part I Part II. Phase II  follows with installation of the first tower in the spring of 2018. Can you help support our community in creating and celebrating its unique identity and place? Don’t forget to include your name, address, phone, and email. We’ll keep you informed.


The work of the Toe River Arts Council is made possible through support from:
NCAC_Logosm         cfwnc_logo    edaMCC Logo NoCat big Golden Leaf        waanc     PrintBRNHAshield_72 YanceyFundweb And from John & Robyn Horn Foundation, Samuel L. Phillips Foundation, Blumenthal Foundation, The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Young & McQueen, A.J. Fletcher Foundation, and the Towns of Burnsville and Spruce Pine.

Also, we thank those patron/members and their businesses that continue to be major supporters of the arts council.

Michael and Serey Andree, Don and Doris Baucom, Carol Benjamin, George and Patti Bennett, H. Allen Benowitz, JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco, Paul and Frances Burton, Jerry and Marilyn Cade, Bill and Judy Carson, Bruce and Judy Carter, Clyde and Dot Collins, Joann W.Collins, Denise Cook, David Cort, Judy Crouch, Paul and Susan Crutchfield, Warren and Diane Edwards, David and Yvonne Evans, Catherine Faller, Mike and Betsy Fleenor, Ken and Lori Gilcrist, Howell and Beverly Hammond, Glen and Florence Hardymon, Gwendolyn Ann Harris, Karen Head, Victoria Hicks, Morgen and Tamara Houchard, David and Alice Houser, Carl and Jean Johnson, Peter and Karen Kennedy, Charles and Becky Kind, Walter and Thanna Kulash, Delphia Lamberson, David and Susan Larson, Jerry Leaders, Russell Lee and Renate Schuchardt, Hal and Holly Levinson, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Susan MacLean, Peter Maneck and deJarnette Wood, Dennis and Tina Matelski, Jeffrey and Starli McDowell, Barbara Middleton, Eugene Morgan, Cynthia Nash, Joseph and Susan Norris, James and Linda Oubre, Gina Phillip,s Louis and Genevieve Pugh, Richard Ritter and Jan Williams, Stuart Rosenfeld and Mary Eldridge, Ron and Kay Goins Royer, Michael and Ruth Rutkowsky, Col. Walter Savage, Scarritt Law Group, Kenneth and Connie Sedberry, Corrine Shilling, Greg Stella, David and Fran Strawn, Taylor and Stephanie Townsend, Kathleen Turczyn, Jennifer Turner, Ted and Teresa Van Duyn, Don and Karen Walker, Jason and Rebecca Warner, Jim Waters and Robin Warden, Dorothy Watson, Virginia Wearn, Oscar and Amy Weinmeiste,r Elizabeth Westveer, Yardy and Barbara Williams, Alston Osgood Wolf, Arch and Carol Woodard, Kimberly Young, Chuck Young and Deana Blanchard

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