Tour de Art on Saturday
This Saturday, July 27, could be a lucky day with the chance to
visit 13 art venues during the fifth-anniversary Greater Avery Tour de Art.
The Tour de Art is a self-guided tour, in which visitors can start where they want, see all or just a few. Tour maps can be picked up at any of the participant locations, which range from Linville Falls to Valle Crucis.
For the last 32 years, Linville Falls has been the location of Bill Brown’s Anvil Arts Studio, which features a sculpture garden, gallery and working studio. Brown creates his steel sculpture for interiors and exteriors and also creates sculptural lighting in steel and glass. His gallery also has a selection of small items created in the studio. This well-known artist has work in public and private collections throughout the United States and has been represented in many prestigious museum and gallery exhibitions. The studio is located at 9600 Linville Falls Highway (U.S. 221), directly across from the new Linville Falls Winery.
Heading north on U.S. 221 is the famed Crossnore School for children and the location of the Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery represents regional painters, sculptors and fine craft artists who want to take part in benefiting the children of The Crossnore School. The gallery supports the school’s Stepping Stones program, which transitions students from foster care to successful independent living. The historic Crossnore Weaving Room is also in the same location, and just down the road is its Miracle Grounds Coffee shop.
Linville River Pottery is the studio of Pattie Connor-Greene, where she works at a kick-wheel, creating handmade stoneware and porcelain teapots, vases, mugs and other pieces of pottery. Her serene studio space is located on Goose Hollow Road in Pineola and also features the colorful fabric art quilts of Virginia McKinney Greene.
The next stop on the tour is also an artist’s studio, that of Pam Brewer, who will also host additional artists’ work for the Tour de Art event, including long-time local potters Tim Turner and Lucy Hamilton. Brewer is a full time studio ceramic sculptor and mosaic artist, and her newly renovated studio space is on Red Bird Lane in Newland.
Many people are familiar with The Old Hampton Store on Ruffin Street in Linville, but this location has also grown in popularity as an arts destination. Next door is 87 Ruffin Street Gallery of Southern Folk Art, which includes a group of resident artists and presents folk art with an array of painting, pottery and glass. This location also offers a variety of classes throughout the summer.
The Art Cellar Gallery, located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk, is celebrating its 21st season and is hosting Atlanta sculptor Jane Jaskevich for a morning “Coffee Talk” at 10 a.m. Saturday. Jaskevich is known for her carved stone sculptures, many of which combine more than one type of stone into her work. The artist will discuss her work and inspiration and answer questions about her sculptures, which were included in the recently published “Contemporary Sculptors” book. The Art Cellar Gallery has three floors of exhibition space and is currently featuring the work of David Birmingham and Tony Griffin in two separate exhibitions, along with painting, sculpture, glass, wood and pottery from regional and nationally recognized artists.
Carlton Gallery, located at 10360 N.C. 105 in Banner Elk, continues its long tradition of original works and gift ideas for visitors and collectors. Toni Carlton’s gallery will be filled with the new midsummer exhibition, and an opening reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Just down the road from Carlton Gallery is the studio of Mike Hill and the World HQ of Art Purveyors, located at 112 Aldridge Park. Hill’s whimsical illustrations and mixed media works will be on prominent display, but this stop is also a host location to the ART-O-MAT, an art vending machine. The gallery also features a wide selection of giclee prints by regional artists, framing services and a full line of fine art services and supplies.
Continue just a minute up N.C. 105, and you will reach the studio of potter Maggie Black. Maggie Black Pottery, located at 1225 N.C. 105, is a working studio and gallery with local art, showing functional and decorative work by local potters in stoneware, earthenware and raku. Black presents a varied range of work that combines beauty and function.
Well-known painter Kevin Beck’s studio is located at 1590 Shulls Mill Road off N.C. 105, offering visitors a chance to browse his paintings of the Blue Ridge — many of which were done in plein air — and meet the artist.
Alta Vista Gallery, located at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, will have an opening reception for regionally acclaimed artist Bennette Rowan from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Becoming One with Nature” features a variety of subjects connected to the natural environment. Rowan’s signature bold color palette and gestural, painterly strokes are presented in a variety of sizes, from small to large. The show features animals and plants and some with humans interacting with both plants and animals. Alta Vista Gallery is celebrating its 23rd year and features works in all media by more than 200 artists.
Also in Valle Crucis is Rivercross Market, located at 3595 N.C. 194, a family-friendly gallery with items for collectors of all ages. Selections include pottery, jewelry, handbags, birdhouses, glass, metal, garden accessories, painting, photography and a section for children. The gallery features a unique and trendy collection of arts and crafts — all made in the USA — providing a wide range of work for gift giving, as well as for the collector.
Sally Nooney Gallery, located at 7143 N.C. 194 in the Matney community, features original paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, along with glass art and jewelry by local artists.
Tour De Art is free and open to all visitors, and maps are available at participating locations.