Open Studio Tour of Henderson County

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Open Studio Tour of Henderson County

Saturday, September 23. 10-5pm Sunday, September 24, 10-5pm

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Already one of the largest meet-the-artist events in the Carolinas, the sixth annual Open Studio Tour of Henderson County sponsored by Hunter Automotive Group just keeps growing.  This year’s Tour on September 23-24 will feature 66 artists in 36 studios, including 12 new studios and 19 first-time artists.

Also new this year many of the studios will be open Friday evening September 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with special demonstrations and buying opportunities.  Artists retain 100% of all proceeds from sales made during the event.  The Open Studio Tour is an opportunity for artists and craftspeople to bring their work to a new audience of art enthusiasts eager to interact with the creators.

The free driving tour is self-guided and takes visitors on a scavenger hunt for great art into the gorgeous nooks and crannies of the Western North Carolina mountains.  Henderson County is easily accessible on Interstate 26, one half hour south of Asheville and one-half hour north of Greenville.  Map/booklets lead the way and identify artists by studio and medium - acrylics, watercolors, oil, clay, wood, metal, fiber, glass, jewelry, and mixed media.  The guide can be found in the Visitor Center and at businesses across Henderson County or downloaded directly from the Tour website at HCOST.org.  Studios will be open between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

On Thursday evening September 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the public can preview the work of all artists at the Preview Party on Main Street in Hendersonville.  The kick-off party for the Henderson County Open Studio is part of Downtown Hendersonville’s free outdoor music series, Rhythm & Brews.  Each studio will donate artwork for a raffle where all monies raised benefit the Backpacks for Kids Program in Henderson County.  Come join the fun and look for the bright yellow signs.