Studio Tour highlights area artists
People from all parts of the country were in Mitchell and Yancey counties Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, for the first of two 2018 Toe River Arts Studio Tours.
More than 100 artists, seven galleries and 64 studios with pieces of art from every medium participated in this year’s spring tour.
A newcomer this year is bowlmaker Nathan Favors, who relocated to Minnie Lane in Bakersville this past fall from Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Favors, 77, has been making bowls and other exotic pieces from wood for 22 years.
He uses wood from around the world to create his lathe-turned, handcrafted pieces. A retired machinist, Favors said his time as a bowlmaker began just as the careers of many artists do.
“It was a hobby at first, and then it became an obsession,” he said. “The process of making a bowl is intensive with 13 steps.”
Favors was impressed with his first studio tour.
“I love it,” he said. “If someone hadn’t already thought of doing this it’s something I would have thought about doing. We’ve been busy, and people have been very receptive. We look forward to them in the future.”
Current Toe River Arts Council Executive Director Denise Cook and incoming Executive Director Nealy Andrews, were at Favors’ studio Sunday, June 3, as part of their attempt to visit all studios on the tour.
“Denise and I had a wonderful weekend visiting with established and new tour artists,” Andres said. “I am continuously inspired by the profound talent of the artists living and working in our two counties. I was excited to chat with tour attendees from as far as Chicago, Illinois. What a wonderful tradition and I’m looking forward to the December 2018 Studio Tour.”