Creating a Difference in Micaville
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.
We've done some painting this winter, mainly around the new loft, and we are getting ready to replace the door to Maples and add a safer step. Code requires that the door opens outward, and if we can raise enough money, we'll add an awning to help protect the new door and customers from the weather.
Thanks again to everyone who has shown us some love and support this past year. Just wait until you see what 2017 is going to bring!
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.
Thanks to everyone who has donated to this project and others.
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!
Makes a difference already. Can't wait to see the final outcome!
Wow.....Amazing.....I can hear the music now! I see faithful Ed is still your miracle worker! See you all soon.
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! :-)
Kari, thank you for your commitment to the artists in this community!
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!