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Meet the Artists of the Toe River Valley, June 2-4 Artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties open their doors for the Toe River Studio Tour, Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4. The event connects community members and visitors with approximately 100 local artists.


articipating artists include sculptors, potters, metalsmiths, glassblowers, painters, soap makers, photographers, woodworkers, basket weavers and more. For many artists who don’t hold regular business hours, the tour is the only time visitors are able to step inside their studios. “The tour leads you right to where the artists live and work,” says Denise Cook, executive director of the Toe

River Arts Council, which puts on the tour twice a year in June and December. “This particular community is amazing with the number of artists and quality of art that is produced here.” Many of the studios are located along scenic mountain roads. The tour encompasses Burnsville, Micaville, Bakersville, Loafer’s Glory, Celo, Penland and Spruce Pine. Printed guides containing a studio listing, maps and a brief

description and photo of each person’s work are available at both Toe River Arts Council galleries in Burnsville and Spruce Pine, participating studios and galleries, and local businesses. A digital version of the guide is also available at www. The tour is free and self-guided.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For additional details, visit the Toe River Arts Council website or call (828) 682-7215. For Burnsville visitor information and lodging options, go to or call (828) 682-7413.



henandoah County is home to six unique and beautiful historic towns with plenty to offer, just a short distance


West of Skyline Drive. Round out your visit to the Shenandoah National Park with a jaunt down

the mountain to experience life in the Valley. Dine fresh like the locals do, at a farm-to-table restaurant, or stop in at a roadside farmers market for perfectly in-season flavors. Visit award-winning vineyards or breweries for a relaxing afternoon. If you prefer more activity, Shenandoah County has 178 miles of great hiking trails throughout the George Washington National Forest, back roads for biking, and public river access to launch a canoe or kayak.

Get the best of what rural Virginia has to offer: • • • •

History and Genealogy Extreme sports and leisurely strolls Unique attractions and artisan studios Charming Bed and Breakfasts and rustic camping Agricultural traditions with the freshest dining and markets

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