Tour de Art returns Saturday
In the spirit of artistic cooperation and inclusiveness, the
Greater Avery Tour de Art extends to parts of Western Watauga County – namely Valle Crucis, Southern
Boone, Foscoe and the Grandfather community.
The tour is in its fifth year and consists of open houses at 13 High Country galleries and artist studios. It returns this Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the fourth Saturday of subsequent months through November.
Free tour maps are available at the participating galleries and studios and at select locations throughout the High Country. Art tourists need only look for the bright yellow “Tour de Art” signs to guide them to each studio or gallery. The tour is free, eclectic and open to the public.
From Linville Falls to Banner Elk to Boone to Valle Crucis — and everywhere in between — 13 galleries and studios are participating in this year’s Tour de Art.
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. During this month’s tour, visitors can enjoy a special 15th birthday celebration for Floyd, the shop cat. 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. In particular, Dru Scott Warmath’s “A Color Story” will be on exhibit through Sept. 2. 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 kickwheel by Patti Connor-Greene. The gallery also features colorful fabric wall hangings and art quilts by Virginia McKinney Greene. For more information, call (828) 387-1944.
Pam Brewer Studio (41 Redbird Lane, Newland) features sculptural and functional ceramics by Pam Brewer, Lucy Hamilton and Tim Turner. Brewer will be demonstrating mosaic work this month, as she mosaics the walls outside her studio. 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 glass work, along with a slate of classes. Ruffin Street is just off U.S. 221 in Linville. For more information, call (828) 737-0420.
Art Cellar Gallery (920 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk) hosts original painting and sculpture by local and Southeastern artists. On Saturday, artist Robert Eoff will share techniques and inspirations as part of the gallery’s “Coffee Talk” series, starting at 10:30 a.m., and will remain in the gallery from 10 a.m. to noon to meet with visitors. 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. On Saturday, the gallery is hosting a reception for local favorites Kevin Beck and Edigio Antonaccio, featuring a new assortment of landscapes. For more information, call (828) 963-4288.
Studio of Mike Hill at artpurveyors world HQ (112 Aldridge Park) presents whimsical illustrations and mixed media works, as well as Wildflowers Fine Art Editions giclee prints by regional artists Pete Paglen, Dale McCoury and Bill Monroe. The studio also features a full line of frames, fine art services and supplies, with a 50-percent off sale on all Daniel Smith products. For more information, call (828) 963-7246.
Maggie Black Pottery (1225 N.C. 105) 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. Visitors may also browse paintings from the artist’s 2013 travels to the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the California high desert. For more information, call (828) 963-1181.
Alta Vista Gallery (2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis), located in a farmhosue on the National Register of Historic Places, features works in all media by more than 100 artists. On Saturday, the gallery is hosting a reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Sheila Wood Hancock, who will unveil her new style of paintings. For more information, call (828) 963-5247.
Rivercross “Made in USA” 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. Featured this month is the animal kingdom in glass and paint. For more information, call (828) 963-7347.