The Mountaineer

September, 22 2022

The Haywood County Studio tour is a two-day self guided tour where hundreds of visitors are invited into artists’ studios to meet the artist, view demonstrations and buy art.

This year, the tour has a new twist, with activities taking place at Sorrells Street Park in Canton, which will be the hub of the Haywood Arts Council event.

Haywood County Studio Tour will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, with studios sprinkled throughout all of Haywood County bringing visitors to diverse locales both urban and rural. Everything begins in Canton.

“The Canton Hub is the launching pad and gateway to the Haywood County Studio Tour,” said Morgan Beryl, executive director of the Haywood Arts Council.

A long-standing event, HCAC is mixing it up with the Canton Hub, which is sponsored by the Cruso Foundation and the Town of Canton.

“We’ve been looking for ways to have a greater presence in all the towns that make up Haywood County and to create a central meeting place for the Studio Tour,” said Beryl.

The Canton Hub will truly be a recreational community event with live music, local food trucks, artist demonstrations, a prize drawing, and a community art project, she added.

Stephanie Kea, a Tuscola high school art teacher and HCAC board director, is helping lead the community art project which will be painting two, run-through banners to be used at the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Tuscola and Pisgah high school rivalry football game.

“We are working with students to design the banners and community members who visit the Canton Hub will be invited to add their mark by helping paint the banner” said Kea. Donations of any amount will be accepted to join in the painting and the raised funds will benefit both high school art programs.

The Canton Hub is not the only new part of the Studio Tour this year. The Studio Tour is free and self-guided, so HCAC is reliant on grants from organizations like the Town of Waynesville and the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority who both funded marketing the event, but also on business sponsorships and individual donations.

Guests can pickup a brochure, grab a bite to eat, enjoy local music, visit with participating artists, enter to win prizes and help paint a mural to benefit Haywood’s two high school art programs.