Explore the unordinary.
Yancey County is known for its charming rural-artistic vibe. Downtown Burnsville offers a walkable Main Street, colorful street murals, and quaint art galleries. Follow any road in Yancey’s Toe River area and you’re likely to arrive at an artist’s studio. Across this relatively small region are hundreds of artists and crafters making unique, original objects in clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber as well as furniture and musical instruments.
TRAC, the Toe River Arts Council, maintains a gallery and gift shop in Burnsville and nearby Spruce Pine, and stages studio tours to give people an opportunity to meet and talk with artists. TRAC has been involved in promoting the arts in Yancey and Mitchell Counties since 1976. Today the organization works to facilitate arts education projects and supports local artists through grants, scholarships, and workshops.