Turning Trash into Art
For an art experience even a non-art lover can enjoy, visit the Energy Xchange located between Spruce Pine and Burnsville.
A North Carolina renewable energy center, the Xchange captures methane gas produced from a landfill and uses it to heat greenhouses, and fire pottery kilns and glass blowing furnaces.
Established as a craft business incubator program, a juried panel selects six young artists for three-year residency programs to help them develop craft and business skills. The artists receive mentor support from the jury members as well as free energy to create their masterpieces. You can see them at work, chat about their experience, visit their gallery (purchases are welcome!), and learn more about methane as energy in the on-site educational center. More official tours are available for a small fee and must be arranged in advance.
Open Monday – Friday 10-4; Saturday 9-noon. www.energyxchnage,org 828.675.5541