The Appalachian Artisan Society (TAAS) has an art gallery in downtown Old Fort, about 15 minutes’ drive from the Inn on Mill Creek. You’ll find a very wide range of diverse crafts and works of art there (we certainly have), plus they have Catawba Vale Cafe located right next door, which is good for getting a yummy sandwich or one of their new Cowburgers, or for looking at even more art displayed inside the Cafe.

Each month, TAAS features one of their 60+ artisans. Lana (Lonnie) Gentile is the March Featured Artist and her work is worth a trip to the gallery. Lana’s medium is acrylic painting and she does landscapes and seascapes, wildlife and architecture. She has a very interesting background, which she shares online at her TAAS bio, which also includes an inventory of her artwork for sale.

The next time you’re in our neck of the woods, ask us to show you the art we’ve gotten at the TAAS Gallery that we have displayed at the Inn. You’ll be quite impressed at the work of these artists!


  1. You, too, Cristen! Your website is fantastic and we enjoyed reading your blog — well done!

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