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Toe River Arts Studio Tour

December 2020 Virtual Studio Tour

The Toe River Arts Studio Tour, now in its 28th year, has become a favorite among residents and visitors of Western North Carolina. Twice a year Toe River Artists open their homes (this year, virtually) to family, friends, and visitors. Toe River Artists work in many media, including artists working in clay, stone, jewelry, wood, metal, and mixed media. The variety and quality of the work on the tour is unmatched. Visitors take comfort in knowing they are supporting artists and the local economy by buying directly from the maker.

The free Toe River Arts Studio Tour typically takes place the first weekend in June and December from 10 AM to 5 PM in Mitchell and Yancey counties. This year, our Studio Tour will take place virtually, right here at toeriverarts.org, November 23 through December 27. Browse work for sale by our artists and engage with them online.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has required many of us to rethink and adapt to an ever-changing environment. As an organization, we are using this time to explore new approaches and think innovatively about our work. Historically, the December Studio Tour has been a time for artists to earn revenue, and this will be our primary goal. We have seen great success with other online events and our own new ecommerce platform. We have explored many options and feel a longer, virtual tour will not only earn the artists revenue, but help keep everyone safe,” says Executive Director, Nealy Andrews.

Through a partnership with Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center, Toe River Arts will work with artists to either create and develop online and ecommerce capability or to enhance and strengthen already existing ecommerce and social media outlets. “We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with the Small Business Center and also to work collaboratively to develop new, innovative ways to help our community and artists earn revenue,” says Andrews.

Toe River Arts is taking applications for its December 2020 Virtual Studio Tour now until September 11, 2020 at 5 PM. Applications and policies for participation are available for download or may be picked up at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Ave.

A Studio Tour Preview Exhibition at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery will accompany the tour from November 23 through December 27.

For more information, please call 828.765.0524 or email us at info@toeriverarts.org.