Experience art glass in Toe River Valley’s renowned artist studios. You’ll visit two studios on each tour (morning or afternoon), get to meet two to three artists, learn about their work and their processes, watch glass blowing demonstrations, and have a one-on-one opportunity to view and/or purchase work directly from the artist. This is a rare chance to explore the magical world of glass with a guide who knows the area, the people, their medium.
Robin Warden, curator of “Sphere of Influence” and the memorable “History of Glass in the Mountains” (2012) will be your guide. A former researcher, she currently conducts tours at the Penland School of Crafts and is a long time Yancey County resident and well-known in this community as an arts resource.
FRIDAY GLASS GUIDED TOURS
Tour 1 : 8:45 am to noon | Tour 2 : 12:45 pm to 4pm
Half day tours: $35; Full day tours: $65
Tours include transportation, guide and two studio visits. Participants may bring their own lunch or order take-out sandwiches upon arrival. Afternoon tour participants may order lunch in advance, and arrive early to enjoy lunch and conversation with the morning participants on the back porch of the Toe River Arts facility. Beverages and water will be provided during the tour and lunch.
Reservations and payment are due in advance, 24 hours before each scheduled tour.
Tour Space is Limited. Call 828.682.7215 to reserve a seat.
And we invite you to view the special exhibit, “Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina” showcased in the Dottie Owen Great Room/Gallery from July 28 through August 25. (Entrance to gallery is located on Bean Tree Lane, behind and on the second floor of the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Facility). Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm with a special viewing for afternoon tour participants.
Kenny Pieper | Reid Jacobs [DEMO]
William | Katherine Bernstein
Gary Beecham [DEMO]
Greg Fidler | Michael Hayes | Amber Marshall
Shane Fero [DEMO]
Rob Levin [DEMO]
Selena Glass and Metal
John Geci [DEMO]
Rick | Valerie Beck
Yaffa | Jeff Todd
JJ Brown | Simona Rosasco [DEMO]
Thor | Jennifer Bueno
Colin O’Reilly | Cameron Reed
Nick Fruin | Courtney Dodd [PENLAND DEMO]