Toe River Arts Council Studio Tours

Nov 30 1-4 pm

Dec 1st 10-5 pm

Dec 2nd 10-5 pm

The Studio Tour event, sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC), is held twice a year: on the second weekend in June and the first weekend in December. These self-guided free tours offer the visitor an opportunity to search out the professional artists and craftspeople working in the coves and hollows of the two rural mountain counties. Many stops on the map will showcase more than one artist.

Art lovers create their own tours, travel at their own pace, and stop for lunch on their own schedule. A TRAC Studio Guide, available in early May, shows the locations of the studios and galleries on the tour along with pictures of artwork from each participant, five maps, and a special advertisers’ section that lists a few local lodging places, restaurants, special events in the area, and other local business tour supporters. The Studio Guide, along with arrowed Tour signs aid travelers in finding their destinations.

Over 100 artisans and galleries open their doors and invite the public. It is a rare opportunity to visit the actual workplaces. From world-class to emerging… glass blowers, potters of every description, wood turners, basket makers, printers, painters, fiber artists, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, metal workers, and more. No wonder it is known as the “Premier Open Studio Tour” in the Country.

A number of the glass artists are on the tour. You can get a map at the toe River Arts Council or down load it from their site. www.toeriverartscouncil.com

SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Studio Glass Movement.

The Toe River Valley, home to the father of studio glass Harvey Littleton and over 50 other glass artists, will celebrate by hosting a weekend of events September 20-23, happening in and around Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Micaville, and Penland, North Carolina.

It will be a great weekend to learn about the glass community that has settled around Penland School and enjoy the beauty of the Toe River Valley.

The weekend will include studio tours, glass blowing demonstrations, a gallery hop of glass exhibitions, including A History of  Glass in the Toe Valley exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, and gala evening featuring a lecture and book signing of A Life in Glass by author Joan Falconer Byrd at the Burnsville Town Center.

We hope you will join us for a weekend celebration of studio glass in the beautiful Toe River Valley!