It's the "Summer of Glass" at Biltmore and throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains! - NC Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina have long been associated with the art of glass and for years, and this year, due to the amazing Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition coming to the Estate (May-October 2018), the region is attracting masterful glass blowers, makers and artists from around the globe.

From May 17 through October 7, 2018 – this new exhibition at Biltmore featuring multi-media artist Dale Chihuly’s monumental glass sculptures will be on display in the Winter Garden of Biltmore House and the Estate’s stunning gardens-  Asheville.

In honor of Western North Carolina’s deep history and international impact in glass arts, Burnsville and the Toe River Arts Council are joining area arts organizations, galleries and museums in celebrating the Summer of Glass. The community will be offering its own community-wide celebration of glass through both the historical and contemporary context of glass and its talented artists in Western North Carolina. See special local exhibitionstours, workshops and events. Demonstrations of glass blowing, glass jewelry making, stained glass, enameling and working with glass beads will occur in artists’ studios, galleries and other locations across the city and surrounding region.

The Toe River Arts Council’s Burnsville gallery opens its “Glass on Fire” exhibit Saturday, May 19. It runs through June 16, and includes work by eight glass artists from Yancey and Mitchell counties. All artists are contributors to the future public art gateway project that will bookend Burnsville on U.S. Highway 19 E. The first installation will be completed this summer“ With Chihuly coming to Biltmore, regional arts groups felt like this is an opportunity to tell our story,” says Denise Cook, .executive director of the Toe River Arts Council. “Glass artists in Western North Carolina have impacted glass arts throughout the world. We have one of the most significant concentrations of artists in the country here in Yancey and Mitchell counties,” Cook says. “We encourage folks to use the tour as an opportunity to meet these people, see where they live and work, and purchase artwork directly from them.”