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Toe River Studio Tour

The 2023 Toe River Arts Spring Studio Tour is right around the corner, June 2-4.

Artist and Gallery applications are due by March 6 and can be found on our website >>

This driving tour through Mitchell and Yancey Counties will take visitors along the meandering Toe River, across its many bridges, around barns, acres of fields, and miles of forests all while visiting the talented studio artists and galleries participating.

Please have a look at the tour website to begin planning your visit.


Artist & Gallery Open Houses

Paul Eisenhauer
Saturday, April 8th, 12 – 3pm
88 White Oak Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714

“Woodworking was primarily used as therapy from my job as a Sociology professor, and I enjoyed it immensely. After a while, I took it more seriously than my job.
I carve bowls, trays, cutting boards, spoons and other utensils, trying to blend flowing organic forms with traditional functional designs.”

Open your doors and show us your working space!
We will provide refreshments and help promote the event. Interested member artists and galleries can use the link below to let us know if you would like to participate!

Sign up here! >>

– Upcoming Exhibitions –


16th Annual Blacksmith Exhibit
March 25 – April 29
Kokol Gallery
Spring Studio Tour Preview Exhibition – Work from Participating Studio Tour Artists
May 13 – June 4
Kokol Gallery
Exhibition of Work by Mitchell County High School Students
May 16 – June 4
Owen Gallery

Here’s what’s going on!
We’re excited to offer new workshops, events, and artist opportunities this spring. Keep an eye out for information coming to your inbox and mailbox!

Spruce Pine Location Now Open!
Every January we close our shop and gallery space to the public while we catch up on much-needed behind-the-scenes work like painting stairwells and pedestals. We will reopen our Spruce Pine Kokol Gallery and Gift Shop Thursday, February 2nd. Our hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm the month of February.

Open Call for Proposals
Deadline to Apply: May 27, 2023
Throughout the year we offer programmed annual exhibitions, and once a year we accept proposals for exhibitions from artists.
Learn More >>

Call to Blacksmiths Deadline to Apply
Deadline to Apply: March 11, 2023
Blacksmiths are encouraged to bring work for our annual Blacksmith Exhibition in conjunction with the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival.
Learn More >>



Amazing Animals – Youth Workshop

Saturday, March 18th, 10am-12pm
Welcome Spring with this fun workshop focused on animals. Whether feathered, furry, or finned – we’ll explore ways to make the animals you love! Class includes all materials and firing. Ages 5+.


Click here for more info >>

Second Tuesday Life Drawing – March

Let’s draw together! Bring your favorite drawing implements and surfaces, or use ours, and let’s spend the evening in the Toe River Arts Owen Gallery in Spruce Pine, sharing tips and tricks and improving our drawing skills. We’ll work with live-clothed models and still-life setups.

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Owen Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
Workshop & materials fee:

$12 – Single class – General Public
$10 – Single class- Current Toe River Arts Members & Donors
$50 – 5 class punch card – General Public
$40 – 5 class punch card- Current Toe River Arts Members & Donors
$95 – 10 class punch card – General Public
$75 – 10 class punch card – Current Toe River Arts Members & Donors


Register here >>


Meet the Toe River Artists and Galleries

Allison Edge creates dreamy, photograph-based paintings, lingering in nostalgia, often depicting memories of family travels, encounters with the natural world, and other documented occasions of 1970s and 80s Americana.  She features animals, landscapes, and plants, as well as man-made structures that can simultaneously capture our wonder and apprehension.  Her style is realism, as if through a soft-focus lens, sometimes in hard candy tints, and other times in dark shadows.  The images offer an indulgence into memories and dreamscapes.


5 Pensacola Road
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
35.915911, -82.287995
Open Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM

allison.edge@gmail.comallisonedge.com – IG: @allisontwo

The Bringle Project Documentary Film

As you well know, Cynthia and Edwina Bringle have led storied lives as craftspeople in the South, producing remarkable works of art, mentoring a vast community of makers, and sharing what they know with students, visitors, and collectors at every turn. They have been anchors in the studio craft movement from the 1960s to the present and enabled others to carry those traditions forward. It is this story that Toe River Arts wishes to tell in a documentary video to be created by Vincent Martinez, a Cuban-born, Atlanta-based producer. Vincent was selected not only for his past work and expertise, but also as a former Penland Core Fellow who knows the Bringles personally. He has directly experienced the historic role played by the Bringles in the life of Penland for over 50 years.


Please help up make this a reality by donating here

We’re excited to announce our move to a new Yancey County location!

We are so excited about this partnership and want to thank Lynn, Yancey County, and the Commissioners for believing in our vision and willingness to renovate the space to showcase the work of our talented artist community.

A special Thank You to Jamie with the Yancey County Economic Development Commission for his support!

Please visit the New Burnsville project for occasional project updates and please visit one of our Saturday Pop Up shops! We will release this schedule soon.

We appreciate the support of our community of artists and look forward to better showcasing their work.
We’re excited to see you soon in our new space!

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