Marshall is Thriving Thanks to its Arts and Community

As a small Madison County town, Marshall, NC has made the most of riverside living by focusing on community. Marshall’s Main Street offers signs of the town’s unique blend of old and the new. Locals frequent the town’s bookstore and numerous galleries, antique shops, breweries, and eateries. Hovering above it all is the historic, cupola-domed […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Toe River Arts Council

It’s been proven time and time again that people learn best through hands-on activities. Whether you’re eight or 80, making something with your hands teaches more than just the skill of the craft. Through arts education and support, the Toe River Arts Council works to help the locals and visitors of Yancey and Mitchell Counties […]

2021 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

Summer weather is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the activities of summer will soon come to an end. Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the season: Vacations have been had. Children are back in school. There is a slight lull in tourism across Western North […]

Woodhaven Glass Gives Life to Art

Tucked into a tree line and just a stone’s throw from bustling Brevard Road in Hendersonville is Woodhaven Glass. Inside, Larry Zapf points out all of the bells and whistles that make up his ever-growing passion and profession as an artisan glassblower. “I started blowing glass in the mid-1990s because I had a very subjective […]

Agents Answer: Where is the Best Place to See Local Art in WNC?

Western North Carolina has a long and rich history of fine visual arts and traditional crafts. From traditional Cherokee rivercane baskets, made for thousands of years, to innovative multimedia art from the area’s newest residents, there is an overwhelming amount of art to experience.  If you’re not sure where to start your journey of discovery, […]

3 Ways Art Galleries Make a Difference in the Community

Western North Carolina’s many galleries have created exciting downtown destinations for artists and art lovers alike. But more importantly, art spaces add new life and a sense of identity to our neighborhoods. From Asheville’s River Arts District to Main Street Weaverville to Marshall High Studios in Downtown Marshall, burgeoning art scenes have rejuvenated local mountain […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Places to #ShopLocal this Holiday Season?

If there’s any region that loves to support its local small businesses every day of the year, it’s Western North Carolina! From local art to foodstuffs to that necklace that you noticed caught her eye, area artisans have many fine items for sale. In addition, local stores carry many of the big brands you recognize, […]