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Contain Your Fear is opening at Toe River Arts in the Kokol Gallery, Spruce Pine on Friday, June 17 and will be open for viewing through July 23. The exhibition features thirty-seven artists, writers and designers from around the country who have each created a piece based on a personal fear and how to “contain” it.
The exhibit is curated by Diane Bronstein, an artist and graphic designer based in Fletcher, North Carolina.
It originated when Bronstein realized that people in the arts were experiencing unique personal, financial and professional difficulties during the past few years, particularly because of the pandemic. Intrigued with how creative people assess their fear in their work, she reached out to a few of her artist friends and the project grew in scope. Many of the participants have remarked that creating a piece specifically for this show has been “cathartic” and “a motivation to get back into the studio”.

June 18 – July 23, 2022
Kokol Gallery – Spruce Pine



Works + Wonders of High Country is a showcase of High Country Ceramic Arts’ artist members. Each artist has their own unique approach to ceramics, including; pottery, sculpture, and mixed media. A showing like this is the perfect opportunity to highlight their talents.

High Country Ceramic Arts is owned and operated by clay artist Linda Powell. High Country is a community-based studio working with established and aspiring clay artists to build and refine their skills. They offer beginners and quarterly membership packages, private lessons, workshops, and parties.

June 25 – July 30, 2022
Reception: June 24, 2022 – 5 pm – 7 pm
Owen Gallery – Spruce Pine

We’re excited to announce our move to a new Yancey County location!

We have been working with Lynn Austin and Yancey County to secure our new home!

We are so excited about this partnership and want to thank Lynn, Yancey County, and the Commissioners for believing in our vision and willingness to renovate the space to showcase the work of our talented artist community.

A special Thank You to Jamie with the Yancey County Economic Development Commission for his support!

Please visit the New Burnsville project for occasional project updates and please visit one of our Saturday Pop Up shops! We will release this schedule soon.
We appreciate the support of our community of artists and look forward to better showcasing their work.
We’re excited to see you soon in our new space!

The Bringle Project Documentary Film

As you well know, Cynthia and Edwina Bringle have led storied lives as craftspeople in the South, producing remarkable works of art, mentoring a vast community of makers, and sharing what they know with students, visitors, and collectors at every turn. They have been anchors in the studio craft movement from the 1960s to the present and enabled others to carry those traditions forward. It is this story that Toe River Arts wishes to tell in a documentary video to be created by Vincent Martinez, a Cuban-born, Atlanta-based producer. Vincent was selected not only for his past work and expertise, but also as a former Penland Core Fellow who knows the Bringles personally. He has directly experienced the historic role played by the Bringles in the life of Penland for over 50 years.


Please help up make this a reality by donating here

Meet the Toe River Artists and Galleries

Linda Powell

“My approach to art is much like my approach to personal life: whatever it is, it is—with the exception that I will fight for fairness and those underprivileged.

I gravitate towards clay as a visceral medium and work in partnership with it. Sometimes I tell it what to do and other times the clay and glaze have their own suggestions. Sometimes we disagree.” — Linda Powell

552 E US Highway 19E
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
linda@vfmountain.com – highcountryceramicarts.com



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