For more than a decade, makers across Henderson County have opened their studios to visitors each fall, inviting guests to peek behind the curtain and see what goes into throwing a coffee mug or crafting a needle-felted mountainscape. The tradition continues this October with the Fall for Art Open Studio Tour. Organized by the Art League of Henderson County, the three-day extravaganza will feature nearly 100 artists, including watercolorist Susan Webb Tregay. Working out of her home studio off Asheville Highway, Tregay has been involved in the tour since its inception in 2008. During COVID-19 shutdowns, Tregay insisted that the show go on and pinned her pieces to an outdoor clothesline. Since then, her “Clothesline Show” has become an annual fixture. “The rope is 40 feet long, so lots of people can get a good look at my sketches and small works without getting in each other’s way. People love the informal feel,” the artist notes. Tregay will be joined by newcomers like Tia Sculpt, a Hendersonville ceramicist who produces functional vessels and wildly experimental sculptures. When asked what fuels this work, the maker lists her inspirations as the “vast forms around me, dreamy aspirations, and the expansive clay medium itself.” If you can’t make the tour, fear not: Art Place Gallery (2021 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville) will host an exhibition featuring works by participating artists. The show opens October 7, 2-4pm, and runs through the end of the month.
October 20-22, 10am-5pm