Art in the Mountains Redux

John Geci Glass.

John Geci Glass.

The Toe River Studio Tour has become a tradition to kick off my summer season in the mountains.  The twice-a-year event (first weekend in June & December), features the work of artists and craftspeople in what is thought to be the longest running studio tour in the country.  The tour traverses Mitchell and Yancey Counties in Western NC, and with more than 90 featured artists and galleries, offering something for every taste and pocketbook.

Start at the TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine to pick up a Tour Program/Map.  It never ceases to amaze me the talent that has found a home in this area. Artistic people attract like-minded folks, and the Penland School of Crafts has long been the center of this talent-pool.

We headed directly to Jenny Lou Sherburne and her whimsical clay art that is a personal favorite. This year’s stops ranged from the One of a Kind Art Gallery in the quaint Micaville Country Store, to the glass-blowing studio and showroom of John Geci Glass.DSCN3797

I love meeting the artists in their studio settings, it really rounds out the meaning and inspiration, as well as attention to planning and detail, behind their work.

A new find was spotted off the tour at the Fine Arts Gallery at The Crossnore School. The incredibly lovely combination of pottery and pewter seen in the work by artist Ann Melton was stunning. The Crossnore School and Gallery have quite a story and will have to be another post all their own.

Most of the local galleries show work by many of the local artisans and can fill you in on studios to visit throughout the year.  Some are always open, others by appointment.


Jenny Lou Sherburne:

John Geci Glass:

One of a Kind Art Gallery:

TRAC & Gallery:

Crossnore School:

Penland School of Crafts:

The One of a Kind Gallery in Micaville, NC features work by many local artists.

The One of a Kind Gallery in Micaville, NC features work by many local artists.



About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on June 13, 2015, in North Carolina, North Carolina, Western, USA and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Bonnie Hutton

    Oh, I would LOVE that tour! Never heard of it before, but we aren’t NC regulars. We only get up to Brevard to see our friends there once in a while.


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