The Toe River Studio Tour showcases the work of 100 artists and crafts people across Yancey and Mitchell Counties, located about 40 miles northeast of Asheville. It is held twice a year, a weekend in June and December. Enjoy the mountain countryside near Mt. Mitchell. These studios stretch from Burnsville to Spruce Pine and includes the Penland School area. Other towns include Bakersville, Little Switzerland, Micaville and Celo.
2017 Toe River Art Studio Tours
June 2-4: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
December 1-3: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
The self-guided tour is presented by the Toe River Arts Council. Pick up a free map at the TRAC galleries in downtown Burnsville and downtown Spruce Pine, or any of the tour's studios and nine galleries throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties. The tour began in 1993 and is held twice a year, with the December tour taking on a holiday flavor.
The free 40-page directory is available at the Toe River Arts Council offices in Burnsville and Spruce Pine and all the stops. It includes detailed maps to the studios on the tour, as well as bios on artists and their work. Small signs erected along byways (including the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway) and country roads keep folks on the right path, while many studios provide refreshments.
"It's like a treasure hunt. You take a map and head out to look for our signs to find these hidden treasures in the mountains," says Denise Cook of the Toe River Arts Council, which has hosted the tours since 1993. "It's a rare opportunity for many of these places to be open because many of the artists only open their studios for this tour."
Cook says the Toe River Studio Tour has become popular because of the fun involved in finding studios and discovering unique artwork in forms from clay to fiber to metals to glass. For more info, call TRAC at (828) 682-7215 or download the map at www.toeriverarts.org.