TOE RIVER ARTS STUDIO TOUR
TOUR HOURS : Friday through Sunday, 10-5PM
RECEPTION : Friday, June 1, Spruce Pine Gallery
5:30 to 7:30 PM
The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants. This year’s tour boasts 112 artists in 68 studios, plus 7 galleries, all welcoming seeking a Journey of the Arts.
FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.
TRAC sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday evening after the tour closes for the day. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey. For a sneak peak at the tour, the exhibition is on display at the gallery beginning May 12. And if you won’t be able to do the tour, you can purchase those “can’t live without” or “this would be perfect for” pieces before. There will be food and drink and lots of artists to get to know. It’s free and open to the public. Just stop on by and say hello to staff, artists, and the many volunteers who make it all possible.
Start making your reservations for your cabin in the woods for the weekend now (visit www.toeriverarts.com) for a listing of what’s available in the area.
For more information, please call 828.682.7215 or email.
Twenty-four years ago, a handful of visual artists got together in one of the many studios peppered around the area and decided that it would be a great idea to open their studios to visitors for just a day. It would be a win-win. No pack up, load up, drive to a show or festival. No boxing and taking to UPS, or getting in the van and driving deliveries around the east coast. On the other end, visitors could come and experience what it’s like to live in the quiet mountains of the Blue Ridge. To understand what catalyzed that artist to create what they are seeing, touching. To breathe sawdust, clay. Feel heat from the kilns. See sand before it becomes molten and clear.
And so began the Toe River Arts Studio Tour. Welcome to the Art of the Journey.
#47 Teresa Pietsch Pottery
#20 Yummy Mud Puddle
John D. Richards
#38 Levin Glass
#1 Andersen Pottery
Stanley Mace Andersen
#51 Sedberry Pottery