Sunday, May 2, 2010


Winner of the The Monet Award 12X12 O/P

The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) is presenting its 4th Annual Paint Out, modeled on the en plein air experience, a French expression that means “in the open air,” particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

Add the historic town square of Burnsville, the legendary Nu Wray Inn, more artists –per capita – in Yancey and Mitchell Counties than anywhere else in America, and the vernal palette of wild dogwood, azalea, forsythia, pear and plum trees, ad infinitum, and you have the makings of a perfect spring day in a beautiful town nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Come out and stroll Main Street as you enjoy our gorgeous spring weather in the Blue Ridge and watch our nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as they paint while sitting on park benches, on balconies, in the town square, at outdoor eateries, and along the street.

All artists will return to the TRAC Gallery on Main Street by 5:00 p.m. and frame their artwork to prepare for the juried awards and selections. At 6:30 there will be a reception open to the public for an exhibition of the day’s work. The artwork will be displayed May 22 – June 5th, with many of the paintings available for sale.

Many mediums will be represented: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, charcoal, graphite - even collage. The perfect day, the perfect gift or memento, the perfect place to be on a memorable day in May!

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