The Toe River Arts Council prides itself on attracting visitors from faraway states to the creative nooks of Mitchell and Yancey counties — and then sending those travelers off “with packages in their back seats or in the overhead compartment,” according to a release on the Toe River Studio Tour. Artwork at the biannual event meets functional and fanciful needs using many mediums: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, soap, basketry, metal and more. This year, the self-guided driving tour showcases 10 galleries, plus the studios of 107 artists. Participating spaces open Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and attendees are welcome to Friday evening’s artists reception at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery at 5:30 p.m. A collaborative exhibit continues there throughout the weekend. toeriverarts.org. Art by ceramist Robbie Bell
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