Jen and I just returned from our second road trip of the year. This was our forth meander down to Sky Valley, Georgia. We had a blast as per usual. The colors were at their peak, the weather was pretty ok and the hospitality was Southern!
We turn into gallery and road rats on these adventures and this trip was no exception. We were able to visit the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley, NC. I love old motorcycles and old stuff in general. This museum is top notch and Dale Walksler, the owner, is a way cool guy. You may know him from his TV show “What’s in the Barn?”.
Then it was on to Dillsboro, NC to meet up with a favorite potter, Joe Frank McKee. Joe Frank has a wonderful shop, Tree House Pottery. We were able to clean him out of a particular color scheme that Jen loves for her kitchen. Joe Frank and I swapped a couple of pieces as well.
While in Dillsboro we also stopped in at the Oaks Gallery. Out in front of the gallery is the largest white oak tree I have ever seen. It is estimated to be over 400 years old. Inside the gallery we met the owner, Sue Morgan Leveille. We talked with Sue for quite a while. Sue is a very talented weaver and teacher. We look forward to her making something for us in the coming year. The gallery is filled with superb work as well.
We visited several of our favorite galleries and some new ones. Two of those favorite spots happen to be The Hambidge and The Bascom. Check them out they are great spots!
We really enjoyed The Bascom this year. The featured gallery exhibition was Bartram’s Boxes Remix. I won’t bore you with the details but it was a delightful exhibit featuring wood. The work was wonderfully creative and inspiring.
I of course was drawn to the turned work, and more specifically, a brilliant box by Ray Jones & Dixie Biggs. The piece is outstanding! It is named Arca Botanicum, follow the link or google it for more looks. The show was so good we visited twice before hitting the road for home!