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Toe River Studio Tour


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

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.





– Events and Workshops –


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!

Art in the Garden
Sun, May 21st 2023 at 2:00 PM EDT
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we celebrate the arrival of summer! Guests will enjoy a silent auction, summery cocktails, and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Put on your favorite summery outfit and join us at the Celo Inn.
Buy your ticket here >>


Second Tuesday Life Drawing
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, May 9, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Owen Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
Register here >>


Toe River Arts annually extends an invitation to artists to submit exhibition proposals for the next years’ schedule. The deadline for proposals for 2024 is May 27, 2023. Toe River Arts has two exhibit spaces in Spruce Pine; the Kokol Gallery and the upstairs Owen Gallery.
We feature both local and nationally recognized artists in our exhibition spaces. Exhibitions can feature one or more artists, or an arts organization. Cooperative exhibits that include 2D and 3D work are encouraged. Acceptance of proposals is decided by a panel of artists, Toe River Arts staff, and knowledgeable and interested members.

Interested artists can go to LINK HERE to find the application.
If you need further information call or email Kathryn Andree, 828-765-0520 or kathryn@toeriver arts.org.

Visit our galleries and gift shops
 Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 5 pm.



Meet the Toe River Artists and Galleries

Bridget Fox

Mudventions are the products of my cosmic imagination mingling with my hands in mud. Inspired by the textures, patterns and unusual organisms of the natural world I create a rare undersea garden of earthly treasures, cerebral concoctions and cosmic delights.
4188 NC State Hwy 80 S – Shops at Celo Unit 2 – Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
Open Monday – Friday, 11AM – 6PM, Saturday 11AM – 5PM, Sunday by appointment828.675.8686 | 828.284.6064
mudventions@gmail.com – mudventions.com – etsy.com/shop/mudventions – IG: @mudventions – Facebook: Mudventions


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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