269 Oak Avenue  Spruce Pine  NC  28777
10:30AM to 5:00PM Tuesday – Saturday




reception Friday, August 25 from 5 to 7 pm

The Toe River Valley exhibit presents two gallery talks

Saturday, September 16

2:00 – 3:00 p.mGeology of the Toe by Alex Glover, retired professional geologist
His presentation includes a powerpoint of the geological process of the formation of the riverbed rocks and the manner in which the Toe River cut across the Appalachians. Rock samples and geologic models will be used during the presentation.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. People of the Toe Valley by David Biddix, Coordinator of Digital Media at Western Piedmont Community College.
David’s passion for local history has led him to a partnership with Chris Hollifield to form Longleaf Media. They have produced two Images of America books (for Spruce Pine, NC in 2009 and Little Switzerland, NC in 2010) for Arcadia Publishing), along with a video documentary celebrating the centennial of Little Switzerland, released in June, 2010. He also completed a project with Jonathan Bennett that produced Images of America: Mount Mitchell in 2015.

Kat Turczyn


Two art exhibitions documenting life along the Toe River will take place in August at our galleries in Burnsville and Spruce Pine. 

Artist Doug Sudduth has been photographing the river for 13 years. He proposed the collaborative exhibit that will feature the works of the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild (BRAG), Penland School of Crafts, and the Toe River Watershed Partnership (TRWP) that teaches students in Mitchell and Yancey counties about their watershed and their responsibilities to preserve the delicate ecosystem.

“The Toe River is one of the defining, natural elements of our region,” says Toe River Arts executive director, Denise Cook. “We were very interested in this project that brought together so many groups and individuals to share its history, fragility, and importance to our region.”

The exhibitions will include local painters, photographers, and three-dimensional artists as well as the works of children who have created art based on their own day-to-day experiences seeing across, dipping their toes into, or throwing a line from the bank of the Toe River. During the opening reception in Spruce Pine, TRWP director Starli McDowell talks about the work the organization has done since 2006, And on August 31, Toe Cane Watershed Coordinator, Lauren Street, will be at the Gallery from 4 to 5 pm with salamanders and a watershed enviroscape for a hands on experience for all ages.  Visitors will be able to view Toes in the Toe murals, produced as part of the Watershed’s annual science festival at each site.

“Toe River Valley” is for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the Toe River through the eyes of the artists who live, work, and create near the banks of one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Gaylene Petcu