Art Connections Tours are designed to connect art lovers and collectors with the makers in the most authentic way: one on one, in the places where they do their work in scenic Western North Carolina. After 20 years of helping guide artists’ careers in one of the nation’s top high-end craft galleries, Sherry Masters shares her deep connections and invites participants inside the studios of leading and emerging artists in a range of media from clay to wood to glass and more. This hand-picked coterie of artists represents the top talent in one of the nation’s foremost regions for fine craft. Through thoughtfully designed one or two-day itineraries, participants in Art Connections tours go inside the studios of working artists. Watching an object turned on a lathe, a lump of clay fashioned into a simple, beautiful functional object, participants will hear from the artist as he or she describes the decisions, both aesthetic and practical, that go into making a work of art. With insight into the inspiration and process, a true connection with the artist is forged. Art Connections Tours take participants into the coves and hollows of Western North Carolina, to small, charming towns and down hidden back roads past worn out barns and stunning mountain views. In addition to its reputation for fine craft, the area around Asheville has become known as a foodie destination. With Sherry’s insider knowledge, each tour will get a taste of the area’s celebrated locavore cuisine, an art in itself. Join Art Connections for Spring and Summer tours, each with a different group of artists. These unique tours offer unprecedented opportunities to connect with makers in a stunning landscape with a knowledgeable guide.