One of a Kind Art Gallery Offers a Memorable Destination
Throughout October, One of a Kind (OOAK) Art Gallery offers multiple reasons to stop into its unique shop. Among these are three music events and a driving studio tour, the Art Hop, which has 15 artists opening their studio doors October 8–9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.—from Micaville to Celo.
Located in the Old Micaville Country Store, the building, built in 1922, still boasts a great deal of original architecture including hardwood floors and windows. “This used to be the go-to place,” Kari Weaver, gallery owner, says. “It was a mercantile and a place to buy your blue jeans or anything you can think of.”
The original mercantile shelves still line the walls, but instead of selling flour and dry goods, OOAK stocks pottery, jewelry, paintings, prints, drawings, photography, glasswork, woodworking and lighting. Weaver describes the gallery as showcasing “fine, folk and funky local art” from more than 150 artists based primarily in Yancey and Mitchell counties.
“It is definitely worth the drive,” Weaver says. “Folks come from all around. As soon as you walk in, you know it’s something completely different. You can feel the history.” Located between Spruce Pine and Burnsville, the quiet downtown of Micaville sits at 2,400 feet in the South Toe River Valley.
On Thursday, October 6, OOAK presents Joe Penland, a Madison County ballad singer. The First Annual British Invasion Concert will be held Thursday, October 13, and will feature local musicians commemorating songs from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other ’60s British groups. Then, on Thursday, October 27, the gallery presents David Wiseman, a solo singer songwriter from the southern Appalachian Mountains of Western NC.
The gallery also hosts a free music jam open to all levels every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weaver’s husband, David Wiseman, runs Dragon’s Tone Music, a lutherie in the music loft that repairs string instruments.
Attached to the gallery, guests can enjoy Maples, a coffee house located in the old feed room that features local artists each month. In October, Susan Garriques and Kare Ane Strong are exhibiting paintings. A reception will be held at Maples, Friday, October 14, from 5:30–7 p.m.
Weaver feels like she helps create a sense of place in her little town. “We are becoming a community center,” Weaver says. ”A real gathering place.”
One of a Kind Gallery is open seven days a week (Maples is closed on Sundays) and is located at 573 Micaville Loop in Micaville and online at ooakartgallery.com. For more information, call 828.675.0690 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All music events are from 7–9 p.m. in the gallery. Tickets are $5. The gallery is currently running a Go Fund Me campaign for renovations.