In this busy age we all have demands on our time - both visitors and artists have full schedules...  That’s part of the 'why' Art Connections customizes art tours individually... based on your interests, your time frame and which artists are available for a visit.  

We also know that everyone who considers a tour has different thoughts on what they'd enjoy seeing.  Maximize your visit by planning with Sherry. Having worked with so many of the artists in Western NC, she can accommodate participant requests and find options to suit each tour group.

Tours are curated...

Art Connections Tours are curated and led by Sherry Masters, former gallery buyer and manager with extensive connections to artists in Western North Carolina. 

A native of the area, Masters has spent almost thirty years building relationships and promoting fine craft artisans in the region and across the country.  Western North Carolina artists are among the most talented in the nation and Sherry is passionate about sharing why this is true with those who wish to learn more.  By curating small group tours to private or often remote studio locations, Sherry offers a new service for art lovers visiting Asheville and the surrounding region.

Perspective tour

This half-day tour includes visits to three artist’s studios. The time allows for driving, and opportunities when you’ll want to stay a little longer to savor what you see.  The tour perspectives that can be enjoyed are: downtown Asheville and surrounding areas; the River Arts District; west Asheville, and north Asheville.  In other words, we stay close to heart of downtown.  The Perspective Tour is a wonderful introduction to the art scene of the area. We select artists based on YOUR interests and provide a unique point of view.  Along the way, Sherry Masters shares insider details about other places in the area you might want to experience on your own.

The “Perspective” Tour is a half-day tour -  3.5 to 4 hours
$65 per person

Discover tour

This full-day tour allows for exploring more of the region of Western North Carolina. We will visit at least four studios, and depending on the area, we may have time for five studios!  Discover options include adventuring out of Asheville into neighboring towns and communities -- or -- staying in close and seeing more in and around downtown Asheville. This tour includes lunch in an independent venue which will allow time to connect and talk more about the history and present day art scene in Western NC.  The Discover tour gives the serious art collector a chance to gain access to premiere artists in rural, lovely settings.  Although the tour is not just for serious collectors, be aware that some participants have become collectors!  

The “Discover” Tour -  full-day tour
$125 per person
Approximate Time frame: 9:30a-4:30p, includes lunch

Masters tour:

This is the perfect opportunity for those who want an expansive experience.

The Masters tour

1.     provides highly-customized artist visits based on your interest as a collector, and

2.     specializes in more of what the region offers in arts and crafts history, our natural environment, architecture.

As a native of the area and connected art and fine craft insider, Sherry is uniquely qualified to plan a customized trip for your group.  

In the 'artist studio' realm, this tour can include stops at as many studios as you are interested in visiting. Options include driving up to Burnsville, Celo and the Penland School of Crafts area; going south to the Tryon and Saluda area; west to Waynesville and Canton; east to Swannanoa and Black Mountain, or exploring Weaverville and the studios toward Marshall.  Golden highlights can include driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, seeing area historic sites, and having lunch on the Biltmore Estate (a $55 savings).  Asheville is an art destination city and this is a first-class way to have access to the absolute best this gem of a city has to offer.   Ms. Masters creates an unforgettable experience. 

Bonus: a free one-hour art consulting session with Sherry Masters good for one year after the tour.   

The “Masters” Tour
A Premier full-day tour Cost: $225 per person
Two day option

Half Day, Hands-on + Tour Option

This tour is a chance for a fun hands-on experience for a small group - perfect for a girlfriends getaway!  Make a personalized loaf of glycerin soap* with the soap makers at Essential Journeys.  (Great for gifts!) Design options include choosing from 100+ scents, any color in the rainbow and iconic images made of soap in the shape of dragonflies, flowers, stars and a variety of other designs.

Then visit two other Asheville artist studios including jewelry, fiber, baskets or pottery.  End the tour mid-day.  Optional lunch if desired.

Arrangements will be made to either pick the soap up at the end of the trip or ship it back to your home.

Cost: $190 for up to 3 participants
Time frame: 9am-1pm

*The soap is made from Vegetable glycerin, Aloe Vera, vitamin E and essential and vegetable oils; a loaf equals 12 – one-inch thick slices.

Larger Groups

Tours for larger groups are also available.  Many artists’ studios can accommodate groups up to 10 – 12 participants. Some studios can accommodate groups up to 30, and there are several studios in the area perfect for a reception event. Let’s discuss your ideas and I’ll coordinate an art experience for you!