Explore the result of what years of passion can produce. Though talent may play a small role in an artist’s ability, many would argue that it’s dedication, experimentation and hard work that inevitably turn an artist into a master.
It’s well-known that the Asheville area is a haven for the arts and there are a number of artists that call Madison County home. North of Asheville, the artists here in Madison County find inspiration from the beautiful natural surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains and create incredible pieces in their private studios. From pottery and woodworking to painting, take a tour and see some of the amazing studios of these talented local artists. Below are some of the studios open to the public by appointment.
“Incredible! We had the most amazing time visiting the studio. So inspiring.”-Dawn L. (Mudluscious Pottery)
Studios in Madison County, NC
Bucky Parker’s work is a combination of philosophy and art in wood form. His studio is in the Marshall High Studios on Blannahassett Island adjacent to downtown Marshall.
Creek View Studio
Art has no bounds, discover the impressive work of Bill Weldner as he explores the extremes around us at his studio in Spring Creek. Find out more
Lose yourself in the passionate and down-to-earth crafts at Mudluscious Pottery near Mars Hill. Cindy Trisler, the artist behind the wheel, describes the first time she sat down behind a pottery wheel as “magical”. Find out more
Jim and Shirl Parmentier are full-time studio potters and their exceptional portfolio of creative and functional pieces is highly respected and treasured. Check out their Mars Hill studio! Find out more
Rob Amberg Photography
Explore what it means to be human and reflect on the similarities we all share with the work by Rob Amberg at his studio near Marshall. Find out more
Love your pet? Love coffee or tea? Then you will love Vandermay Ceramics. Emily Vandermey designs custom pet pottery as well as other ceramic projects at her studio in Hot Springs. Find out more
Unlock the secrets of woodcarving at Dennis Ruane’s Walnut Creek Studio and Gallery in Marshall. Find out more
To call Drew Langsner a woodworker is selling his talent short. Since 1972, he has had a love for traditional woodworking. He is one of Madison County’s masters of this form and he wants to pass on his love of this art to others. Find out more
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Madison County has a wealth of agritourism opportunities to indulge in, come check out a working farm or pop by a farmer’s market and enjoy some farm-fresh produce. Find out more
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Explore a new hobby or interest! There are a number of ways to try out a new passion in Madison County. Find out more
Laugh, admire or sing along at one of the amazing performances of the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre presented at Owen Theatre in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Find out more
Take to a steed and enjoy the majestic Appalachian Mountains like never before. The natural beauty is even better when enjoyed on horseback! Find out more