Archive for the ‘Burnsville NC Visual Arts’ Category

Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine and Burnsville, NC, Reopens

June 12, 2020

Toe River Arts will reopen both its Spruce Pine and Burnsville locations to the public June 11, 2020, resuming normal hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm). Guests can once again peruse and purchase handmade wares from the local artist community. Guests who visit the Spruce Pine location will also be able to preview artwork that will be featured in an upcoming online auction to help raise funds lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To keep all visitors and staff safe, visitors will be required to wear a face covering and sanitize their hands upon entering.

Toe River Arts has made great strides within the last few years to reassess programming and artistic endeavors to ensure the organization is truly fulfilling its mission. The organization has wonderful partners in both the town of Burnsville and Yancey County. Since 2006, Toe River Arts has occupied office space and featured the work of local artists at 102 West Main Street in Burnsville. In July Toe River Arts will turn the upper floor into artist studio spaces. Artists who are members of Toe River Arts with studio space in the Burnsville location will have access to the gallery space, as well as unlimited access to their studio space. Toe River Arts will feature artist demonstrations and continue to sell artist’s work in the gift shop.

Anyone interested in renting a studio space should contact Nealy Andrews by e-mail at ( for more information.

Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, NC, Announces Award Winners of the 9th Annual TRAC Paint Out

May 28, 2015

The weather held (it was warm, warm, warm) and 20 Plein Air painters came out to paint in and around Burnsville, NC, during the annual TRAC event, May 16, 2015. This year, painters from Hendersonville, Arden, Asheville, Cary, and even Atlanta, GA, arrived on the Saturday morning to register. They ventured out — some stayed in town and others went off the beaten path in search of that perfect barn, field or back porch. And all captured the beauty and timelessness of this region on canvas, panel, and paper, and all will be showcased at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main Street, until June 20.

1st place winner, Cheryl Keifer

For the second year in a row, the first place award went to Cheryl Keefer for her oil, “Burnsville Garden and French Lunch!” and “her professional use of the medium,” Juror John Mac Kah observed. Jeremy Sams, a third place winner last year, won second place with his “Rain’s On The Way”. Mac Kah said that Sams’ work showed “true naturalism.” And third place went to Mark Harmon for “sheer guts” and his “Silver Rain”. Edward Morris received special mention for “Morning Interlude” and a “good capture of light”. And Steven Higgins, a veteran Paint Out participant, only 16 years old, was given special recognition for his “Prices Creek Field”.

2nd place winner, Jeremy Sams

3rd place winner, Mark Harmon

This year’s juror, John Mac Kah, said that all the paintings were noteworthy and decisions based on the 4 P’s—Placement, Proportion, Plane, and Perspective—a teaching mantra in his Asheville classes.

All in all, it was a great day. The exhibition will be up at the gallery through Saturday, June 20. Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.

The TRAC Paint Out was supported by a Grassroots Art Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a generous anonymous donation.

For more information and to view all the winning entries, please visit the website, ( or call 828/682-7215.

Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild sponsor the Plein Air Paint Out in Burnsville, NC – May 16, 2015

May 7, 2015

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16, 2015, and prepare for a fun day in Burnsville, NC. For the 9th year in a row, the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild sponsor the Plein Air Paint Out. Anyone who paints or draws is invited to participate. Following an early morning registration ($30 per artist; free for ages 5-18), artists will walk into an outdoor arena of two-dimensional possibilities in and around Burnsville. And folks who aren’t participating will appear from business and homes to watch them. Brushes and pencils in hand, artists will spend the entire day transforming blank “slates” into depictions of our rural community.

As the sun follows the slope of the day, the artists will return to hang and tag their work. This year’s juror, John Mac Kah, is a well known in Asheville, NC, for his plein air painting and teaching. Following the judging, first, second, third place, and student winners will be announced during a dessert reception beginning at 6:30pm that evening.

Juried artwork from this year’s Paint Out will be on display at the Burnsville Gallery (102 W. Main Street) from May 16 through June 20, 2015; many available for sale.

If you draw, paint, enjoy the outdoors, then May 16 is the date and Burnsville the place to be. Bring an umbrella because rain or shine, the TRAC Plein Air Paint Out is happening.

For complete details and an application form, please visit the TRAC website at (, or call 828/682-7215.

TRAC Paint Out is supported by a Grassroots Art Grant, through the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild and from generous assistance from an anonymous donor.