Tryon, NC is a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about an hour south of it's more famous big cousin, Asheville. It's been known for over a hundred years as a great vacation spot because of its beautiful scenery and relatively cool weather for North Carolina, and also as a gathering place and incubator of great creative minds.
Today, Tryon is home to countless artist studios, a number of galleries, and local schools. So, let's dive in and see what this incredible place has to offer.
Tryon Arts and Crafts School
The Tryon Arts and Crafts School teaches fine craft practices such as ceramics, wood, fibers, jewelry making, lapidary, and blacksmithing in the on-site forge. Classes are taught by accomplished local artists, but this is an article about where to buy art, not learn how to make it, so check out their stunning gallery space (pictured above)! They host several exhibitions a year, some featuring their local member artists, and others juried exhibitions of regional artists.
Tryon Painters and Sculptors
Tryon Painters and Sculptors is a collection of artists dedicated to promoting the arts locally. They host classes and show artists' work in their gallery. The shows change every six weeks, and feature a wide selection of fine art and fine and functional craft from a mix of amateur and full time professional (but all highly talented!) artists.
Upstairs Artspace is located right in downtown Tryon featuring contemporary artists from all over the Carolinas and the Southeast. With two floors, the gallery often features two or more exhibitions. Right now, they're featuring Repressed Beauty by Patti Brady and Looking Away by Arden Cone and Ben Miller. These artists are not only local to the region, but are up and coming in the art world.
Local Artist Studios
!Aside from the galleries and collective studios above, there are also a large number of local artists who sell out of their own studios and at local events. I've listed a few above, but they are just the tip of a very tastefully colorful iceberg.
Hopefully you're convinced by now that Tryon is worth a visit for any collector or admirer of the visual arts, but if not, just take a spin around downtown and let the historic storefronts and charming people of The Friendliest Town in the South make your mind up for you.
Elizabeth Shanahan is the artist owner behind Shanahan Fine Art, sharing the art making process and demystifying the art world. Shanahan lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two year old daughter, a quivering spotted cattle dog, and a chronically disgruntled orange cat.
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