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We value creative-making as an essential part of a healthy, vibrant and resilient culture and believe that our deepest individuality is best experienced, nurtured and expressed within cultures of belonging.
Experience the beauty and power of place at our intimate studio, residency and retreat center in Southern Appalachia. Founded by dedicated artists, makers, and community arts organizers who are passionate about the creative process, we inspire and empower creative makers to undertake the life-affirming work of cultivating their unique creative voice and vision while offering a strong foundation of community support and encouragement.
Are you venturing into your creative life, discovering a new or deeper direction for your work, looking for a place to explore and play, or seeking professional development? We meet you right where you are by offering individualized studio and retreat programs that range from completely independent to fully facilitated. In addition, opportunities to muse, consult or collaborate with other artists in our community are often available.
Located just 25 minutes from Asheville, in the beautiful small town of Marshall, NC, and nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, Makers Circle welcomes photographers, visual artists, makers, community arts organizers and creators of all kinds looking to seed, incubate or launch personal work or community projects. You can spend your days in the studio, out in the field at nearby wilderness areas, shadowing artists as they work in the community, or taking in the rich culture heritage of the Appalachian region at nearby farms and communities.
Makers Circle also host three-week residencies four times per year. Each residency has as thematic focus and draws artist across multiple mediums who wish to deepen their personal work within a collaborative and communal context. Makers are encouraged to work independently on their own work while also engaging in dialogue with other resident makers who are asking and exploring the same questions.
We invite you to contact us with any questions you might have or sign-up for a free 30 minute creative-consultation to see if Makers Circle is the right fit for you.