What people say...
“I shared in advance with Sherry the types of art i was interested in seeing on my half day private tour. She sent me various artists links. I selected three. She arranged to pick me up and set up meeting each of the artists at their studio. She also provided a couple other extras to see during the timeframe. She’s friendly, easy to be with and a professional. This was a highlight of my first trip to Asheville. I would highly recommend her and this experience to anyone.”
Minneapolis, MN May ‘19 tour
“Starting your visit to Asheville with Arts Connection Tours (ACTs) is a must. Sherry Masters is the Best tour guide, who truly understands the heart of this mountain community! The private tours with the artist and learning their stories, seeing their work, is what makes ACTs truly special!!! Sherry being an Ashville area native truly knows the city and all of its Art scene!!! Getting to know her was the extra bonus!!! She is part of our extended family now, and we look forward to Future ACTs adventures when we visit Asheville again. She truly made us feel welcomed and at home with the conversation and an Amazing tour!!!”
Woodbridge, VA Artist
“What a wonderful time I had with you on the Art Tour last Thursday. It was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve had in a long time! Your choices of artists were perfect. Each was so different and at the top of his craft. It was delightful getting to talk to each of them and to get to know them. You did such a great job in planning the trip–it was relaxing, educational, stimulating, and fun and your thoughtful preparation of snacks was so nice and delicious.”
Gay Bryant, Nov '15 tour
“Our tour experience with you was outstanding! You could not have been nicer more considerate or knowledgeable. Great experience.”
Dr. Steve Manello, July '15
“This Art Tour was not only enjoyable but very educational for us. We saw demonstrations of how glass objects are blown, lawn objects created, and Raku vessels fired and polished. We completed this tour with a very solid understanding of what we had just seen and purchased. The artists were much more interested in introducing you to their expertise than selling you their wares. However, we could not resist several of the items we saw. If you get the chance, be sure and book an art tour with Sherry. It was a great way to spend the day in Asheville.”
Mike and Patsy Pennington, August '14 tour
“The opportunity to meet artists where they work adds a deeper layer of meaning and understanding the how and the why, not just what of their work. Sherry's years of relationship-building with the artists makes these studio visits feel like connecting with friends rather than a studio tour.“
Joanne O’Sullivan, September '13 group tour
“What a great trip and we just loved your method of visiting artists. We had the best time...thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Deena and Jerry Kaplan, June '14 tour
“I loved the fact that we were able to experience the artists in their work space surrounded by tools and projects in varying degrees of completion.”
Jacquie Valdespino, March '16 tour
“I want to thank you for one of the most stimulating days I have had in ages. You planned when and where we went but did not make me feel controlled. I felt that every hour was in order without stress. You have a gift of understanding the client and leading him/her to the finest of the best crafts people in our area. I met many gifted craftspersons. You are launched on a quality journey.”
Deener Matthews, July '15 tour
“Asheville is packed with artists, and Sherry Masters seems to know them all. Take a tour with Sherry, and learn just what makes the city – and its talented artists – so special.”
Monica Moses, editor in chief, American Craft magazine, July '15 tour
"I first heard of Art Connections through a good friend who had been in Asheville the week before. The concept piqued my interest, so I called Sherry to make a reservation for a Tour. My husband was not quite so sure, as he thought he would be getting a verbal Artist Statement. Needless to say he was surprised & both of us were more than delighted. Meeting the artists in their own studio environment gives a whole different, and new perspective. It allows for personal conversation and discussion, any question can come up. It's a great way to get a more personal outlook on the work and the artist. I have to mention the Curator, Sherry, who knows everyone and everything about the Art Scene in Asheville. The great thing is she allows for the discussion to follow any direction that pops up. A most enjoyable experience, and a fantastic concept. We want to do it again. Beats a gallery tour hands down!"
Alice St.Germain, Executive Producer, Wonderland Films LLC, August '17 tour
"I had just begun the process of planning an art exhibit research trip for my team of curators when I learned of Sherry's customized tour service. She did all the leg work that I'd thought I would have to do via cold-calls and emails from afar. Her contacts and extensive knowledge of the Asheville arts scene resulted, undoubtedly, in a much more rich and informative experience than we would ever have been able to put together on our own. "
Hannah Reeves, Director & Curator, Sager | Braudis Gallery, February '18 tour
"We loved the tour. Sherry showed us the art and the soul of Asheville. She introduced us to artists and we were able to have great conversations. It's a wonderful way to get a glimpse of the city's culture."
Steve Bookbinder, May '18 tour
“We love art and this was our first time to Asheville and our innkeeper Nick from Abbington Green suggested we contact Sherry to develop a customized tour of artists that did the things we liked. We spoke to her and she put together a tour of six artists that we visited in their studios for a one on one experience. It was a great day and the ideal way to start our Asheville trip. Sherry also gave us recommendations as to the galleries she would recommend based on what we liked. Highly knowledgeable and we would highly recommend her. “
John & Terri Sonnhalter, Sept ‘18 tour
“Sherry, after taking our customized full day tour with you, I wanted to give you feedback and that feedback is a 10 out of 10! As you learned, I am a nationally known wood artist and I brought with me one of my high profile collector/customers. Our wives joined us also. All of that is to say, the four of us are very critical and there is not one thing we would have wanted you to change. Your choice of artists to choose from was great. We were all amazed by the paper artist and couldn’t believe you could get us into the home studio of David Ellsworth and his wife. The scenery on the back roads to the studios was fantastic….worth the cost of the tour by itself. And your knowledge of the art/craft scene in Asheville kept the conversation flowing. I look forward to another tour next year with another customer. “
David Terpening, Oct ‘18 tour
“What do you do when two (then three, then four) of your girlfriends that you've known for 60 years (circa 1st grade) descend on Asheville for four days? You dial Sherry at Art Connections and call for help. With diverse interests and levels of art enthusiasm, I figured organizing the trek would be a challenge...but they loved every second! (Even making their soaps!) The organization and access to all of the art experiences were perfect. Sherry's background being an art curator - not an artist - gives her the eye and broad range of knowledge for coordinating the perfect experience. She made me look like the perfect hostess! Thanks, Sherry! Jeanie Linders, Hendersonville (friend of Sandy and Sandy and Margo and Carol - DHS Class of '66. We're in the photos, btw!)”
“Sherry uses her many years of experience and personal knowledge of crafts in WNC to create entertaining and informative private tours. Her familiarity with the history of native crafts allows her to set the stage for the current art scene in Asheville and the surrounding area. To top it off, she knows many of the artists personally and is a respected representative for craft in the community.”
“Sherry was so attentive to each member of our group. She especially was respectful and kind toward my 95 year old Mother. The tour was three different artists with three different styles. We learned a new appreciation for various mediums and the heart of a true "artist'. Thank you Sherry for providing our family with a unique way of celebrating our Mother's 95th birthday. “
Katie and Tim Price
“Sherry's broad art knowledge and experience with artists make her a wonderful guide. Her rapport with each artist we visited made the tour so very special. I'm grateful she was able to select several artists who appealed to the varied interests of our group of 10. I look forward to exploring other areas around the southeast and having Sherry as my guide to the wonderful art being created.”
“We contacted Art Connections/Sherry for a tour as a birthday present for our mom. Since none of the six of us were from Asheville, we relied totally on Sherry to plan the day. AWESOME! Sherry provided a large car on a hot day, a folder about the artists we were to visit, and a lovely commentary along the way. We even had lunch at a delicious restaurant. We visited three very different artists/studios. My mom is an artist, and it was fun for us to enjoy the day with her. I must add that my mom now treasures a paper sculpture piece by Leo Monahan which hangs in her living room. You will be pleased with anything you ask of Sherry. She knows the artists and the area!”
“I am part of a group of artist friends who meet yearly for fun, food, and of course, art. In March of 2016 we rented a house outside of Asheville, and included a full day art tour with Sherry as part of our week.
I only wish every city had such an experience! The 4 artists Sherry helped us select were welcoming, informative, and so very talented. Sherry couldn't have been more accommodating, and a delicious lunch was included.”
“I recommended Art Connections to a new resident of Asheville. They reported back that the experience was more than they could have hoped for. They not only found the art they sought but had a joyful, fun experience visiting studios with Sherry, and were most impressed with the organized manner in which she approached the task. Well done, Sherry, and thanks!”
“Sherry was the perfect tour guide. It was like exploring the area with a friend and meeting new people as we ventured through the day. I was so happy when I found her website and contacted her about the whole day experience I wanted to plan for my husband and friends. She was easy to work and quick to pick up what we might like to see and do on the tour. The artists she has contact with are not only top notch but personable, accommodating, willing to share their studio space, answer questions and explain their process. It was a delightful day and she kept us informed, on schedule, well fed ( she makes a great loaf of banana bread!) and excited to meet the next artist. Her background and connections with the artists and the area is what makes this such a great experience. Sherry has a warm, welcoming personality. Whether you are "into" art or just curious about art - this is a wonderful way to dig into the culture and mindset of Asheville and western North Carolina!”
“Our tour was perfectly customized, deeply informed, and so fun! Sherry's knowledge and contacts allow her to guide visitors right to the gems of the Asheville arts scene.”
Sager Braudis Gallery
“Art Connections takes you to the heart of craft making. To indulge your love of craft, come see it being created. Sherry knows more about WNC craft than most makers. If you enjoy good company and fine craft, take a tour, it will be a rewarding adventure.”
Mary Carol Koester
“Our family of 3 generations just had a phenomenal experience with Sherry Masters and her Art Connections. She tailored a tour just to meet our needs: visits with 3 artists, each of whom were willing to offer a hands-on experience for the youngest onboard - 11 and eager! I would recommend this to anyone, everyone. I'll go again, alone or with another group. 5-star!!!!!”
Nancy Ackermann Cole
“My family and I had a wonderful experience with Sherry! She really listened to our interest and prepared a tour that was absolutely phenomenal! We were able to see a woodworker, a jewelry maker and a glass blower. All three artist were fantastic and very hands-on, especially with our 11 year old son who had a an incredible time working and talking with the artist!! If you are looking for a fantastic art experience, Sherry is your go to girl. She will take care of everything your heart desires to see and experience!”
“Thank you for a wonderful two days of art adventures! At first, when I realized that I would not be able to join any of the scheduled group tour dates, I wondered if I should still contact you for an individual itinerary. I am so very glad I did! It was a truly memorable time of being immersed in a rich diversity of art work and artists and you are such a perfectly suited guide. I will treasure always the time spent with each artist and with you as we drove around Asheville and the beautiful NC countryside. Each of the pieces that “came home with me” are so much more meaningful because of the stories and personal experiences that are connected with them. I hope many more people will have this wonderful opportunity through Art Connections’ tours, and that they will discover the rich history of art that is continuing and still unfolding in this Appalachian area.”
Kate Miller | Johnson City, TN
“Sherry was attentive to what we hoped to accomplish and helped us make wise decisions to get the most out of the time we had available. The tour itself, including interactions with the artists, more than lived up to expectations. Sherry knows her art, knows her talent pool, and is willing to go the extra mile to meet the hopes and expectations of her clients. Bravo!”
“Sherry's art tours provide an exceptional art experience.
Asheville is an art destination city, and I can't think of anyone more qualified than Sherry Masters to give residents and visitors access to the most accomplished fine artists and craftspeople.
Sherry's background and experience allow her to provide information about the heritage of crafts in this area, which deepens the richness of the tour experience. And, she customizes tours to meet the interests of participants. If you go to Weaverville, lunch at the Well Bred Bakery is an added treat.
Art Connections provides a premier art tour, allowing a "behind the scenes, off the beaten path," casual, informative, and fun connection with local artists. You definitely want to experience this, and share it with others!”