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August 2011

Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, NC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Route 80

The Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, NC, will present the exhibit, Route 80 - Back to our North Carolina Routes, featuring a journey along Route 80 through the eyes of the artists of the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild, on view in the TRAC Gallery from Aug. 20 through Sept. 24, 2011. A reception will be held on Aug. 26, from 5-7pm.

In May of this year, 13.4 miles of Route 80 was declared a North Carolina Scenic Bypass, as it is the gateway to Mount Mitchell.

The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and photography. Also Historical facts about places on Route 80 and most probably book signings by local authors with books on Route 80.

The show covers Route 80 from Loafers Glory, at its northern end, winding through rural farmland and small villages with places like Bandana, Kona, Micaville, Celo, and Busick. It crosses the Eastern Continental Divide under the Blue Ridge Parkway and down through wooded switchbacks, Lake Tahoma and ending in Pleasant Gardens at it’s southern end.

Participating artists with work in this exhibit include: Carol Bailey, Brette Barron, Jennifer Bennett, Stephanie Thomas Berry, Gail Bredehoeft, Ray Caron, Barbara Deschenes, Pauline Dials, Tatiana Dobrow, Dobrow Family, Susie Dykes, John Elsegood, Linda Elsegood, MaryAllen Estes, Rhonda Evans, Jack Ferrell, Kathleen Fredrickson, Susan Garriques, Sandra Gates, Charlotte Holland, Mari D Holland, Rolf Holmquist, George Horak, Peggy Horne, Victor Kegley, Richard Kennedy, Judy Larkins, Laurel Lovrek, Nanci Mansfield, Proctor Martin, Patricia Mitchell, Leigh Monson, Jerry Newton, Josie Nichols, Roy Nichols, Rhea Ormond, Gaylene Petcu, Carl Peverall, Martha Pike, Anne Sabri, Mary-Blue Ster, Chris Troxell, Kathleen Turczyn, Suzanne Varn, Jo Wainwright, and Jeanette Warner.

The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild was formed in July 2008. Founder and president Sandra Gates saw a need for a separate guild for artists creating two-dimensional art, working in oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, pen and ink and photography, as opposed to a guild that included sculptures, potters and quilt makers. By doing this, demonstrations and workshops are focused on the whole BRAG membership. Since its inception the guild has grown from 14 or 15 members to its present size of 45, and continues to grow. Artists in the guild have won many awards and honors and exhibited both locally and internationally. The guild has furnished the walls of the local libraries in Burnsville, Spruce Pine and Bakersville with its artists works. For further information visit ( or e-mail John Elsegood at (

Sponsorship from both TRAC (Toe River Arts Council) and (North Carolina Arts) has made this show possible.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call gallery at 828/765-0520 or visit (


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