Archive for the ‘Spruce Pine NC Visual Arts’ Category

Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine, NC, Hosts Online Benefit Auction to Raise Lost Funds – July 17 – 19, 2020

July 8, 2020

Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine, NC, will hold its inaugural online auction July 17 – 19, 2020 to raise operational and programmatic funds lost as a result of gift shop and gallery closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Past auctions to support the organization have taken place in person, where supporters gathered to celebrate the arts and community. The tradition continues this year, albeit online, allowing patrons of the arts to contribute safely from their homes.

The online auction will feature approximately forty pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork, spanning a multitude of media, with the majority of pieces being made in Mitchell, Yancey, and Avery counties. Supporters will recognize work by renowned Toe River Artists like Jim Waters or Kenny Pieper and will be introduced to new members Melanie Risch and Noah Styles.

Work by Jim Waters, “Still Got the Blues”, 24H x 24W x 1.25D in, oil and cold wax on panel

Work by Kenny Pieper, “Ripple Vase Urn”, 2020, 9H x 7W x 7D in, blown glass

Donated works came from: Garold Amsberry, Bill Brown, Debra Carpenter, Carrie DeVee, Nathan Favors, Loretta Forde and David Wilson, Lisa Gluckin, Becky Gray, Bea Hensley, Sarah Holt, Jerry Jackson, Hasui Kawase, Beth Kokol, Delphia Lamberson, Robin Martindale, Dennis McAvoy, Jeff McDowell, Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope, Aldina Nash-Hampe, JR and Kristen Page, Gaylene Petcu, Kenny Pieper, Linda Powell, Melanie Risch, Nena Rowell, Rutkowsky Pottery, Valerie Schnaufer, Martin Stankus, Noah Styles, Yaffa and Jeff Todd, Kat Turczyn, Jim Waters, and Mark Woodham.

In addition to artwork, the online auction will feature a Call to Action for Toe River Arts educational programming. Bidders are encouraged to donate any amount to this call. Since 1976, Toe River Arts has worked with educators and students in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties to ensure both students and educators have access to inspirational arts programming and professional development.

Work by Melanie Risch, “Volcano Vase”, 6.75H x 9.75W x 5D in, iron-heavy clay with glaze washes

Work by Noah Valentine Styles, “Waking”, 8.25H x 15.25W x 9.5D in, clay

Over the past year, Toe River Arts has continued to offer free guitar and banjo lessons to middle school students through its TAPS (Traditional Arts Programming for Students) programming, brought the John Brown Little Big Band to area elementary schools, and worked with community partners to assemble and distribute 600 art activity packets to students sent home due to school closures. Toe River Arts staff is working diligently to reengineer existing programming into an online format, as well as develop new opportunities for educators. This October Toe River Arts, along with BIG INK, will bring a large-scale printmaking workshop to the community. Now more than ever, ongoing public support is critical to the organization’s educational programming.

Funding helps Toe Rivers Arts place instructors like Sam Maren in area schools. Maren, a guitar and banjo instructor, is “an arts educator and without places like the Toe River Arts … I have a hard time connecting. I give private lessons, but I much prefer to work in the school system, and in the community.” It is this connection that arts educators like Melisa Cadell deem essential to their students’ development. “I think the most critical part that Toe River Arts can play in arts education, at least for my students, is to provide a connection with the artists of the region to the students to be able to talk to artists … and make a real connection,” says Cadell.

Individuals interested in bidding on auction items can view listings and preview auction artwork online at ( beginning Friday, July 3. A full list of participating artists can be found at (

Auction items can be viewed in person at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery during normal operating hours leading up to and during the auction. The Gift Shop & Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm.

For more information, call 828/765-0524 or e-mail to (

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 in Spruce Pine, NC, Calls for Entries for “Toe River Arts Juried Exhibit” – Deadline August 10, 2019

June 19, 2019

Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine, NC, is calling for entries for the “Toe River Arts Juried Exhibit”, which will be on view from Sept. 28 – Nov. 2, 2019 at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery.

The “Toe River Arts Juried Exhibit” has been an event happening on and off for decades. Its most recent revitalization happened in 2016 due to high demand. It began as a local show with cash awards from local donators. It has since grown over to include artists who reside in NC, SC, GA, TN, and VA. The juried exhibit highlights the Toe River Arts region to an audience from surrounding states and provides our community with an opportunity to see diverse work from artists outside of the region. Toe River Arts exhibition manager, Kathryn Andree, claims “the 2019 Juried Exhibit is slated to be the best yet.”

This event is open to all professional or amateur artists who are at least 18 years of age and who reside in NC, SC, GA, TN, or VA. There is a $35 non-refundable registration fee due at time of application. Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of original artwork. All mediums accepted. Work must be original and created within the past two years. All work must be “Exhibition Ready” and must be for sale. A 40% commission is taken on all sold work. 2D pieces must be no more than 50lbs and 3D pieces must be no more than 150lbs. Toe River Arts reserves the right to refuse any submission that it deems unacceptable for the exhibit.

Deadline to apply is August 10, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Acceptance/rejection notification will be sent via e-mail the week of August 19th – 24th, 2019. Accepted artwork may be hand delivered or shipped at the expense of the artist. Each piece of artwork must be labeled with artist’s name, address, phone, e-mail, title and retail price. Work should be shipped or delivered to the Toe River Arts Gallery, (269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777) between 10:30 am-5pm, Tues.-Sat, September 17-21, 2019. Work delivered after the deadline date of Sept. 21 at 5pm will not be accepted. A return, prepaid shipping label from UPS or FedEx must accompany all shipped artwork for return shipping. All works must remain on view until the close of the exhibition or until sold.

Works must be picked up from the Toe River Arts Gallery between Nov. 5-9, 2019. Return shipping will be shipped between Nov. 5-9, 2019.

Liability: Toe River Arts insures all work while on its premises. Artists must provide their own incoming/outgoing shipping insurance. Toe River Arts is not responsible for damage due to improper packing or use of faulty construction.

Toe River Arts will be awarding $1500 in cash awards that will be announced during the reception on October 11, 5:00-7:00pm. Mary Anne Redding will be the juror for the event. She serves as Curator and Assistant Director of the Turchin Center for Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Redding has more than twenty-five years experience as a curator, archivist, librarian, educator, and arts administrator. Prior to joining the Turchin Center, she was the curator of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts and chair of the photography department at Santa Fe University of Art & Design. Previously, she was the curator of photography for the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. She holds a BA in English literature from Ohio University, an MA in arts administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MLS from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, as well as an advanced certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University. She has written and published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art and also actively guest curates exhibitions at museums around the country.

Please apply online at (

For additional details, please contact Kathryn Andree by calling 828/765-0520, e-mail at (, or visit (