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Here and There, Contemporary Sculptural Ironwork

September 25 @ 10:30 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm

Here and There, Contemporary Sculptural Ironwork
September 25 – October 30

Featuring the work of blacksmiths from the southeast and beyond, this exhibition offers craftspeople the opportunity to show their work in a place known for its blacksmithing community.

Historically the exhibition runs in conjunction with the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival. Spruce Pine Main Street, in collaboration with Penland School of Craft and Toe River Arts, hosts the festival every year on the last weekend in April. The public can explore vendor tents for goods for sale, observe live demonstrations, or try their hand at blacksmithing at scheduled workshops.

Every year, the Fire on the Mountain Festival asks a renowned metalworker to join the festival as its Master Blacksmith. This is an opportunity to bring big names from around the country to Spruce Pine to share their talent and skills. Last year brought John Rais from Philadelphia, PA; years before brought Maegan E. Crowley from Colorado and artists from Wisconsin, Virginia and Arizona.

Following the cancellation of the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival for 2020, it was announced that Elizabeth Brim would be the Master Blacksmith for the 2021 festival.

Elizabeth Brim is a local blacksmith with ties to Penland School of Craft, who has a permanent public installation in downtown Spruce Pine. Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Brim graduated with an MFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia before she moved to this area. Once here, she expanded her skills at Penland School of Craft, taking classes as a core fellow before eventually teaching classes herself. She later served as the Iron Studio Coordinator. Since then, she has continued to tackle gender stereotypes with the imagery in her work, breaking into a male-dominated craft, hammer in hand, with pearls around her neck.


September 25 @ 10:30 am
October 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Toe River Arts Gallery – Spruce Pine
269 Oak Ave
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 United States
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