Creating a Difference in Micaville

$6,315 of $25.4k goal

Raised by 116 people in 14 months
Kari Weaver  MICAVILLE, NC


Who We are and What We Do

One of a Kind Art Gallery, OOAK as it’s known to most folks, in the old Micaville Country Store building, represents over 150 local and regional artists. For five years, we’ve worked tirelessly to exhibit and sell the finest local arts and crafts, as well as make the Gallery and Micaville, NC a destination for locals and tourists.

Walk through the front doors, and you’ll find 2300 square feet of “Fine, Folk, and Funky Local Art”: pottery, jewelry, lamps, paintings, and so much more.

Community is the cornerstone of our business. In addition to helping promote our local art community, we give back to the community at large, by offering zero commission sales space for several non-profits such as Shortbus Studio, an organization serving adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are also the headquarters and official gift shop for Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. Tourists come from around the country to see the handpainted quilt designs which have been placed on buildings across Yancey and Mitchell counties.

OOAK  is home to the best Music Jam in the area every Saturday morning in the Gallery Loft. Local musicians come out to play music, meet friends and entertain visitors and shoppers. Everyone is welcome to join.

The addition of Maples, the Sweet Spot Next Door, in the Gallery Annex completes our magic trio: Art, Music and Food. Maples offers up fine coffee, tea and bakery items. Visitors can grab a hot drink and a snack to enjoy while they shop. Maples has been the driving force behind the addition of regular Thursday evening events from live music to poetry readings.

OOAK has become a gathering place, a place people plan on meeting up with friends because there is always something happening, always something beautiful to look at and always something delicious to eat and drink. We need your help to make this special gathering place even better.

Built in 1922, the building is structurally sound, but is old and in need of upgrades, repairs and maintenance.
Attic insulation and air conditioning will allow OOAK to stay open during all months of the year and will allow the Thursday music to be held indoors during the summer.

An expanded loft will allow more musicians and listeners to sit and enjoy the Saturday music. A back deck will allow us to go forward with plans for a mid-week Farmer’s Market, as well as provide a space for outdoor music and events. 

Other projects your generous donations will fund include:
Handicap access ramp
New gutters and repairs to water damaged exterior wood
Refurbish or replace all exterior doors
Replace irreparable rear windows 

By contributing to our renovation fund, you’ll be helping our community of artists make a living and help us continue to promote an art-filled way of life for locals and visitors. Customers say they love our vibe. With your help, it can resonate even stronger.
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Update 22
Posted by Kari Weaver
4 months ago
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I am so grateful for your continued support and donations. We've finished another project! We replaced the old steel doors with a single heavy wood door that's wide enough to meet code for wheelchair access. The door also opens out for safety.
This one is a little bittersweet. The old doors had so much character and have been with the building since it was built in 1922. That said, they were cranky and didn't like to stay latched closed. They were so problematic that one of my employees printed up a sign to let visitors know.
The new door is lovely and lets in so much light. It's very welcoming and user friendly.
Thanks to everyone who believes in me and continues to support the Gallery.
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Update 21
Posted by Kari Weaver
6 months ago
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Construction is nearly complete! There are loose ends to tie up, like painting and some electrical work. Meanwhile, we'll be putting the Gallery back together and will be open for business soon! I'm so excited!
Thanks to everyone who has donated to this project and others.
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Update 20
Posted by Kari Weaver
6 months ago
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Update!
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Update 19
Posted by Kari Weaver
6 months ago
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The loft extension and office/work room are almost done. David took these photos Thursday afternoon. All that's left are the railings and a short section of wall. Then David can paint, since I won't be back from my Mom's until Monday evening. Tuesday, my Gallery Gals and I can start putting the place back together. I'm so excited!
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Jacqueline Kirby
14 months ago
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Kathleen Morris Wall
6 months ago

Looking GREAT Kari!! Can't wait to see in person!! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to making a difference in Micaville!! Love the place - glad to see the old girl is getting a makeover! Thanks to your husband as well!

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Danalee Cook Pipes
6 months ago

Makes a difference already. Can't wait to see the final outcome!

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Ellen Dowling
6 months ago

Wow.....Amazing.....I can hear the music now! I see faithful Ed is still your miracle worker! See you all soon.

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Deb Louis
6 months ago

Yikes--I thought you were extending the balcony over the little room! Silly me--next time I'm over there maybe you could walk me through the Grand Plan! :-)

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Kay Truesdale Workman
13 months ago

Kari, thank you for your commitment to the artists in this community!

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Heidi Pauley Meadows
14 months ago

Yancey and Mitchell Counties are destination points for many visitors. From Mt. Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Appalachian Trial on Roan Mtn along the TN /NC border, We need to come together to promote visitor friendly places to stay, good recommendations for for restaurants, and places to shop. This is a great first step in organizing wonderful promotion for camping, hiking, and visiting these wonderful Western North Carolina Mountains!

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$6,315 of $25.4k goal

Raised by 116 people in 14 months
Created January 18, 2016
JS
$150
Janice Schilling
3 months ago
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$35
Carol Guzek
4 months ago
$50
Barbara Aycock
4 months ago
JS
$100
Janice Schilling
4 months ago

OOAK has gone through some amazing changes this year. I'm looking forward to seeing the new entrance!

BB
$55
Bob Bennett
5 months ago
$25
Warren Grafer
6 months ago

We really enjoy your special place! Keep up the good work....

BC
$25
Buzz Coren
6 months ago

A little for the cause, more to come. It looks GREAT!

$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
$50
William Schultz
6 months ago
Jacqueline Kirby
14 months ago
1
1

Consider this...

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Kathleen Morris Wall
6 months ago

Looking GREAT Kari!! Can't wait to see in person!! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to making a difference in Micaville!! Love the place - glad to see the old girl is getting a makeover! Thanks to your husband as well!

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Danalee Cook Pipes
6 months ago

Makes a difference already. Can't wait to see the final outcome!

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Ellen Dowling
6 months ago

Wow.....Amazing.....I can hear the music now! I see faithful Ed is still your miracle worker! See you all soon.

+ Read More
Deb Louis
6 months ago

Yikes--I thought you were extending the balcony over the little room! Silly me--next time I'm over there maybe you could walk me through the Grand Plan! :-)

+ Read More
Kay Truesdale Workman
13 months ago

Kari, thank you for your commitment to the artists in this community!

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Heidi Pauley Meadows
14 months ago

Yancey and Mitchell Counties are destination points for many visitors. From Mt. Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Appalachian Trial on Roan Mtn along the TN /NC border, We need to come together to promote visitor friendly places to stay, good recommendations for for restaurants, and places to shop. This is a great first step in organizing wonderful promotion for camping, hiking, and visiting these wonderful Western North Carolina Mountains!

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