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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 24, 2013
Artful Touring

‘Ready for the Holidays’ by Amos Westmoreland at Alta Vista Gallery

All good tours must come to an end — at least until next year.

This Saturday, Nov. 23, marks the final Greater Avery Tour de Art for 2013.

The monthly tours are held every fourth Saturday from June through November, inviting art tourists to visit the 13 participating galleries and artist studios.

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., art lovers use their complimentary map-brochures, available at each gallery or studio, to navigate the tour (although the bright yellow “Tour de Art” signs along the way certainly help). Most stops offer refreshments, along with opportunities to meet the spotlighted artists.

Now in its fifth year, the Tour de Art has recently expanded to include areas of western Watauga County, including Valle Crucis, Boone, Foscoe and the Grandfather community.

And Saturday’s installment promises something special, as the holiday season is not far ahead.

“You are invited to be among the first to choose from all the exciting, new, one-of-a-kind, world-class creations,” said Sally Nooney of Sally Nooney Gallery. “Beat the rush of Thanksgiving weekend and discover your local ‘treasure boxes’ filled with original art in a huge variety of mediums.”

The participating galleries are as follows.

Anvil Arts Studio (9600 Linville Highway, Linville Falls) is a gallery and sculpture garden, featuring interior and exterior sculptures, sculptural lighting and accessory creations by sculptor Bill Brown. For more information, call (828) 765-6226.

Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery (205 Johnson Lane, The Crossnore School campus) represents regional painters, sculptors and fine crafters. Proceeds from this gallery support The Crossnore School’s Stepping Stones program. For more information, call (828) 733-3144.

Linville River Pottery (2180 Goose Hollow Road, Pineola) features stoneware and porcelain teapots, vases, mugs and bowls handmade on a kick-wheel by Patti Connor-Greene. For more information, call (828) 387-1944.

Pam Brewer Studio (41 Redbird Lane, Newland) features sculptural and functional ceramics by Pam Brewer and other artists. For more information, call (828) 733-5755.

Linville Arts District, including 87 Ruffin Street Folk Art Gallery, the Old Hampton Store and a group of resident artists, is home to painting, pottery and glasswork, along with a slate of classes. Ruffin Street is just off U.S. 221 in Linville. For more information, call (828) 737-0420.

The Art Cellar Gallery (920 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk) hosts original painting and sculpture by local and Southeastern artists. For more information, call (828) 898-5175.

Carlton Gallery (10360 N.C. 105, Foscoe), featuring fine art and contemporary crafts in all media by local, regional and national artists, features solo exhibitions and artist workshops. For more information, call (828) 963-4288.

Studio of Mike Hill at Art Purveyors World HQ (112 Aldridge Park) presents whimsical illustrations and mixed media works, as well as giclee prints by regional artists. The studio also features a full line of frames, fine art services and supplies. For more information, call (828) 963-7246.

Maggie Black Pottery (1225 N.C. 105, Foscoe) is a studio and gallery showing functional and decorative work by local potters in stoneware, earthenware and raku. For more information, call (828) 773-2459.

Kevin Beck Studio (1590 Shull’s Mill Road, 1.5 miles off N.C. 105) will feature original plein air pastels and oils of the High Country in small to very large format. For more information, call (828) 963-1181.

Alta Vista Gallery (2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis), located in a farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places, features works in all media by more than 100 artists. For more information, call (828) 963-5247.

Rivercross Market (3595 N.C. 194 South,Valle Crucis) is a family-friendly gallery that features a unique and trendy collection of arts and crafts made in the USA. For more information, call (828) 963-8623.

Sally Nooney Gallery (7137 N.C.194 South, Matney) features original paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, along with glass art and jewelry by local artists. For more information, call (828) 963-7347.

“Thank you to everyone for appreciating and supporting the many talented artists represented,” Nooney said. “Pick up a map at any participating studio gallery, and allow us to say ‘thank you’ in person.”

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‘Ready for the Holidays’ by Amos Westmoreland at Alta Vista Gallery

'Bearing Gifts' by Sally Nooney at Sally Nooney Gallery

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