Smoky Mountain News

September 21, 2022

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

The tour is a two-day, self-guided, free event where Haywood County artists open their studios to the public. For 2022, the celebration will feature 24 studios and over 40 artists in various locations around our backyard.

Aside from all of the studio locations, there will also be a special community event called the Canton Hub at the Town of Canton’s Sorrells Park. A long-standing event, HCAC is mixing it up with the Canton Hub, which is sponsored by the Cruso Foundation and the Town of Canton.

“The Canton Hub is the launching pad and gateway to the Haywood County Studio Tour” said Morgan Beryl, executive director for the HCAC in Waynesville. “We’ve been looking for ways to have a greater presence in all the towns that make up Haywood County and to create a central meeting place for the Studio Tour.”

The Canton Hub will be a recreational community event with live music, local food trucks, artist demonstrations, a prize drawing and a community art project. The prize drawing is a load of gravel donated by Hilltop Tractor, Grading and Landscaping. 

“I made the donation without a thought once I received the phone call. I’m extremely big on supporting the community and small businesses like myself,” said Joseph Lee Williford, president and co-owner of Hilltop. “I believe in today’s world, the more you help others and stand behind each other, the more you are creating opportunity for others to have a chance in enjoying these activities in the future.”