Artists of Fairview, Black Mountain, Swannanoa and East Asheville present the EAST of Asheville Studio Tour twice a year — spring and fall. Visitors can talk with the artists, see demonstrations and the studios where it all happens. The upcoming tour is May 5 and 6, 10 am – 6 pm. The following is a brief description of the Fairview artists participating in the tour. Look around town for a map to all the studios or visit eaststudiotour.com to download the guide.
Peggy Taylor of Willow Wisp Farm Studios is an oil painter and pastelist who specializes in plein air landscape painting.
She paints colorful scintillating impressionist works in both regular size and miniature. Her work can be found in public
and private collections across the country and internationally. In addition to producing art, she teaches art and works for a national art magazine. Her studio is located on Charlotte Highway across from the Fairview Fire Department.
As a detail person, Mike Taylor of Willow Wisp Farm Studios uses the marquetry process of creating pictures with wood veneer which is then inlaid in other wood. He makes jewelry and music boxes, wall plaques and more. One of his boxes was purchased to be used in a Sears tool commercial. His studio is located on Charlotte Highway across from the Fairview Fire Department.
Victor Chiarizia of Fruit of the Fire Glass has explored many facets of glassmaking in the past 30 years. He is best known for his Botanical Series of unique, one-of-a-kind sculptures comprised of two different techniques — hot glass and lampworked glass with vitreous fired-on enamels. He will be offering glassblowing demonstrations from 1–4 on both tour days. His studio is on Flat Creek Road off of Old Fort Road.
Carol Ruminsky is a fiber artist and quilter, creating beautiful quilt designs and quilted art and clothing items. Her studio is on Whitaker Circle off Garren Creek Road.
Joe Ruminsky of The Gift Turning Studio is a retired educator enjoying a second career as a wood turner. He creates one of a kind art pieces, utilitarian bowls and gift items. Joe offers classes for people of all ages who would like to learn to turn wood on a lathe. His studio is on Whitaker Circle off Garren Creek Road.
Catherine ‘Cat’ Vibert of Catvibe Creative Photography is a portrait, event and fine art photographer. She is doing a 365 sunrise project (a photo a day for a year) and can often be found in the field across the road from her house, photographing the farm animals and amazing scenes of Little Pisgah Mountain in the mist. She is located on Kirstein Road off Garren Creek Road.
Fiber artist Patricia Sweet-MacDonald of Mixed Palette Studio paints in many media including acrylic, watercolor and oil. She prefers to paint ‘en plein air’ so she can capture the beauty of her subjects first-hand. She also offers classes and workshops. Her studio space is a relaxed gathering place for artists and those with the desire to learn to paint, and is available as a suitable space for holding classes, events and workshops. The studio is located on Charlotte Hwy, near Studio 74 and Curves.