Aug. 22, 2013. 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 participating galleries and studios, and at selected locations throughout the High Country. The sojourner can expect a lovely late summer amble down and around scenic byways, especially lush from summer rains. Look for a bright yellow “Tour de Art” sign to guide to you each studio or gallery. The tour highlights the best of High Country artistry. It’s free, it’s eclectic and its open to the public.
From Linville Falls to Banner Elk to Boone to Valle Crucis and everywhere in between, the 13 galleries and studios participating in this years Tour de Art are:
Anvil Arts Studio: A gallery and sculpture garden featuring interior and exterior sculptures, sculptural lighting and accessories by sculptor Bill Brown. During this month’s tour join in the special 15th birthday celebration for Floyd, the shop cat! Located at 9600 Linville Highway in Linville Falls. For more information call 828-765-6226.
Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery: Crossnore represents regional painters, sculptors and fine crafters. Proceeds from this gallery support the Crossnore School’s “Stepping Stones” program. This gallery is located at 205 Johnson Lane on the Crossnore School Campus. For more information, please call 828-733-3144.
Linville River Pottery: Stoneware and porcelain teapots, vases, mugs and bowls handmade on a kickwheel by Patti Connor-Greene. Also featured are colorful fabric wall hangings and art quilts by Virginia McKinney Greene. This gallery is located at 2180 Goose Hollow Road in Pineola. For more information please call 828-387-1944.
Pam Brewer Studio: This studio features sculptural and functional ceramics by Pam Brewer, Lucy Hamilton and Tim Turner. Pam will be demonstrating mosaic work this month as she mosaics the wall outside her studio. The studio is located at 41 Redbird Lane in Newland. For more information, please call 828-733-5755.
Linville Arts District: This district includes 87 Ruffin Street Folk Art Gallery, The Old Hampton Store and a group of resident artists. Painting, pottery and glass along with a slate of classes are available. Ruffin Street is just off of U.S. 221 in Linville. Fore more information, please call 828-737-0420.
Art Cellar Gallery: This gallery features original painting and sculpture by local and southeastern artists. Artist Robert Eoff will share techniques and inspirations in a coffee talk with visitors from 10 a.m. to noon. Located at 920 Shawneehaw Avenue in Banner Elk. for more information, call 828-898-5175.
Carlton Gallery: This gallery features fine art and contemporary crafts in all media by local, regional and nation artists, and includes solo exhibitions and artist workshops. The gallery is hosting a reception for local favorites, Kevin Beck and Edigio Antonacio. Located at 10360 N.C. 105 in Foscoe. Call 828-963-4288 for more information.
Studio of Mike Hill at ArtPurveyors World HQ: Featuring whimsical illustrations and mixed media works, Wildflowers Fine Art Editions giclee prints by regional artists Pete Paglen, Dale McCroury and Bill Monroe; best frames ever and a full line of art services and supplies with a 50 percent off sale of all Daniel Smith products. Located in Foscoe. Call 828-963-7246 for more information.
Maggie Black Pottery: This is a studio and gallery showing functional and decorative works by local potters in stoneware, earthenware and raku. Located in Foscoe, call 828-773-2459 for more information.
Kevin Beck Studio: Browse soulful oil and pastel paintings of the Blue Ridge and interact with this popular plein air painter in his studio. New work includes scenes from the high desert of California and the Adriondak Mountains of New York. Located at 1590 Shull’s Mill Road, call 828-963-1181 for more information.
Alta Vista Gallery: Celebrating their 23rd year on the National Register of Historic Places, Alta Vista features works in all media by over 200 artists. The gallery is hosting an artist’s reception for Sheila Wood Hancock this Saturday. Located at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. For more information, call 828-963-5247.
Rivercross “Made in the USA” Market: This family friendly gallery features a unique and trendy collection of arts and crafts made in the USA. Located in Valle Crucis, call 828-963-8623 for more information.
Sally Nooney Gallery: This gallery 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. Located in Matney, call 828-963-7347 for more information.