This Labor Day weekend, Old Fort’s artists will welcome visitors to their studios and show off their unique and fascinating creations.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to participate in “Discover Old Fort’s Artists Trail.” This free and self-guided tour will allow you to see the talented artists and their studios in the Old Fort community. Artists on the trail will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, search for Discover Old Forts Artists Trail on Facebook. Look for a special page on the trail in Friday’s edition of The McDowell News.

The artists featured on the trail are:

  • Turtle Island Pottery, located at 2782 Bat Cave Road in Old Fort. Maggie and Freeman Jones are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. They have been making functional and decorative stoneware pottery in Old Fort since 1984. “Since the turn of the new century they have been producing one of a kind, decorative ceramics still based on function,” reads their website. Their showroom is located in a small house just 2 1/2 miles south of Interstate 40, Exit 73 at Old Fort. For this weekend’s special tour, they will have small gifts and 10 percent off everything. For more information, you call 828-337-0992 or you can visit this link: Turtle Island Pottery.
  • Anne Bevan, located at 84 Harlowe Noblitt Road in Old Fort. A leading member of the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League, she is known for “her dynamic, large-scale landscapes and peaceful spiritual still life work.” She has smaller paintings available, just as dynamic and is offering classes, according to a news release. Susan Mace with her handmade cards and painted rocks will be Bevan’s guest artist during the Artists’ Trail. For more information, call 828-803-4858 or visit this link: Anne Bevan.  
  • Susan Taylor and her studio From the Heart Baskets, located at 170 Olympic Drive in Old Fort. Taylor’s studio, From the Heart Baskets, is located just three blocks off Bat Cave Road, and less than 2 miles from the Interstate 40 and Exit 73. A juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Taylor is a fiber artist. Her interests include gourd crafting, wool felting, and bead stringing, in addition to basket making. Joining Taylor for the Artists’ Trail will be John Roller, a wood turner. His expertise is making functional art from various domestic and tropical hardwoods. “Please join Susan and John for a glass of tea and home-made cookies!” reads the news release. For more information, call 828-668-9546 or visit this link: http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/membership/members/member-profile/?id=8083&utm_source=Turtle+Island+Pottery+Newsletter&utm_campaign=31d2f93132-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6edf88b3c5-31d2f93132-427318265&ct=t(Artist_Trail8_13_2017)&mc_cid=31d2f93132&mc_eid=9c1e61b1be
  • Pamela and Henry Harvey, located at 2946 Catawba River Road in Old Fort. The Harveys specialize in metal sculpture and writing. “We are located about 800 feet from the entrance to the falls. You'd be hard-put to miss us on Catawba,” the Harveys said in the news release. “We have 12 acres, of which about 7 are dedicated as sculpture gardens. And there's a 60 foot black schooner with wild sails overlooking everything. The ‘ship’ is basically a staging area for bluegrass, concerts, etc. We just had our first "gig" about two weeks ago.” For more information, call 828-668-1185 or visit this link: *Pamela and Henry Harvey 
  • Donna Rohlf’s Peace Patterns, located at 154 Brooke Lane in Old Fort. Rohlf is a former 30-year holistic New York City psychotherapist and founder of a peace flag. “In retirement she has morphed into a feng shui artist as well as a human design analyst and enthusiast,” reads a news release. Donna Rohlf of www.sashiflag.org  will share her outdoor Peace Pattern Studio on both Saturday and Sunday weather, permitting.  “Come join her for a cup of tea and possibly making your own family peace pattern,” reads the news release. She will also have prints and cards handmade by Laura Elliott. Lee Entrekin of Dreamwind Flutes will have his beautiful wooden flutes available on Sunday. Entrekin is a Southern Highland Craft Guild member. The studio is 5 ½ miles south of I-40 on Bat Cave Road. Brooke Lane is on the left .3 miles past Bethlehem Road. Tall evergreens hide the road sign. Turn around at Crimson Road if you miss it, according to the news release. For more information, call 828-668-0707.
  • Grove Hill Pottery,  located at 498 Greenlee Road in Old Fort. Leslie Bradsher is on the other side of Old Fort, a few miles east on U.S. 70, then right onto Greenlee Road. Her studio is at her family’s old farm with functional stoneware pottery. For more information, call 828-925-1598.

In order to follow the trail, you can use GPS or Google maps where you should find directions or you may call the location for details. There is a MAP link to all addresses.