The Toe River runs through one of those beautiful valleys just north of Asheville NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains .
It is filled with picturesque buildings, interesting small towns , and a never ending list of artist studios. We had been drawn to the area by a flyer about open artist studio tours. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived in the area, it was already late in the day, and the studios are very widespread, and often located in small out of the way locations. We decided our time would be better spent visiting Penland School of Crafts.
Penland is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay,
drawing, glass, iron,
metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.
The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.
The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center is one of the finest showcases for contemporary craft in the Southeast. Just being there made CC happy.
It is a stop worth adding to your trip through Western North Carolina.
Penland School of Crafts, Post Office Box 37, Penland NC 28765-0037 | 828.765.2359