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The Journey

Hugging the curves of the mountains of Western North Carolina is Toe River Arts, one of the most significant concentrations of artists in the nation. Here you will find the journey of the arts and the art of the journey inextricably intertwined.


All artists are wanderers. Searching for inspiration. Pushing boundaries. And all lovers of art are seekers. Searching for the perfect piece or performance or prose. For all, art “making it, pursuing it and understanding it” is the road, the destination and the journey.


We achieve our mission to unite the community and artists through events held at our galleries and exhibition spaces as well as by hosting local organizations for community events.


June Studio Tour
Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival

Burnsville Gareway

Burnsville Gateway

Burnsville’s Gateway project is a key part of the NC Arts Council’s SmART Community 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.

From the day we closed our doors in March, we’ve been trying to come up with creative solutions to continue to support our artists and our communities. We moved our 14th Annual Blacksmith Exhibition online, then our gift shops. Now that we’ve had time to go a little crazy at home, we’re asking to see what you’ve been up to!

Take your Journey of the Arts home with #journeyathome. Whether you’re one of our members or a member of our community, we want to see how you have been getting creative at home. If you haven’t been engaging yourself or your family creatively, take this as a challenge to start! Pick up some markers, crayons, a handful of clay, or whatever you have around! We want to see what you come up with!

Find more information and our gallery of submissions here.

Submit your art here.

Journey of the Arts | Art of the Journey