The Mountaineer

August 31, 2021

After a year off, Haywood County Arts Council’s Studio Tour is returning this month, complete with a companion gallery exhibit from Sept. 3–25 featuring pieces by participating artists.

The studio tour is a two-day, self-guided event, where visitors can meet over 40 artists in 24 studios across Haywood County during the weekend of Sept. 25-26.

The companion exhibit opens this Friday with a 5-7 p.m. reception with drinks, snacks and live music from Junior Appalachian Musician Program instructors Travis Stuart, Robby Robertson, Maddy Mullany and Carrie Fridley.

Brochures and maps of the studio tour are available at HCAC’s Main Street gallery in downtown Waynesville. All studio tour artists are HCAC artist members, which are the backbone of the HCAC community.

“Many of the HCAC artist members plan their entire production year around the studio tour, which is one of HCAC’s largest and most-intimate events because you get to meet the artist while viewing their work” said Patty Coulter, a long-time HCAC artist, board member and studio tour sponsor.

Studio tour visitors will experience artwork ranging from silk dyeing to burl wood creations, all while traveling across the county.

“This is a wonderful way to go sightseeing as well as see some amazing art and studios. People will get to see some of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Haywood County that they may not have otherwise seen,” Coulter said, noting that sometimes studios themselves are works of art, such as Nina Howard’s unique Bio Dome Studio, Nancy Blevins’ studio farm setting, and Rachel David’s industrial Red Metal Studio.

Each year highlights HCAC artist members new and old.

“We are so grateful to our participating artists, our JAM instructors, and our sponsors including the Woods Charitable Trust, the Biltmore, the town of Waynesville, Pressley Group Allstate Insurance, and the Haywood County Tourism Development Agency that help make this event possible” said Coulter. “We hope the community comes from all over WNC to experience the art and scenery of Haywood County.”