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Facilities are simple but comfortable. Residents and other visitors may stay in a private room in the Yellow House (managed by AS IF Center), a private room  or semi-private loft in Firefly Lodge, or at a camping site (managed by High Cove). Community members also may provide overflow housing when the Lodge and Yellow House are full.

The Yellow House room has a private bath; the Lodge rooms and loft have a shared bath. In both facilities, you will share a living room, dining area, and fully equipped kitchen. The Lodge has a dishwasher and microwave; the Yellow House has neither. Both the Firefly Lodge and Yellow House have good internet connection. Cell service is somewhat reliable but may be slightly better at the Lodge — Verizon seems to work best. Whether staying at the Lodge or the Yellow House, AS IF residents will have access to a washer and dryer at the Yellow House, at no charge. Linens are provided.

Lodging rates:

We offer affordable short term and longer term lodging options for residencies and visitors.  Please see the AS IF Center Lodging Rates 2019 for information about lodging rates and other policies.

Work spaces:

The following work spaces are available to AS IF Center residents and visitors at no charge, subject to availability.

The Yellow House studio is an L-shaped room that is 16 x 9.5 feet in the main area. A side area of 11.5 x 7 feet can be used for storage or work overflow. This is a comfortable, conditioned space with north light and a 5 foot long work table. Some shelf space will be available for your projects. Wall space is limited — there are some half-walls to pin 2D work, but there are no large walls in the YH studio. During residencies, you will generally have this space to yourself, but there will be other people in and out of the house so it’s not completely private.

The Yellow House garage is a large wood building with about 1,000 square feet of work space, concrete floor, and high ceiling. The garage has no heat or insulation; two large barn doors can be opened to allow ventilation in warm weather. The garage is appropriate for messy work, and for larger work that requires some wall space. During residencies, you may be sharing this space with another resident. With advance notice, the garage can also accommodate exhibits, installations, or events of 40-50 people.

Studio space nearby:

Burnt Mountain Pottery has a studio next door to AS IF Center — if you wish to use their ceramic studio and kiln, contact us and let us know what you have in mind — we’ll put you in touch with them. Darkroom space, photography workspace, printers, and other equipment are available 36 miles away (about 45 minutes drive) through Makers Circle — contact Makers Circle to make arrangements. The Mitchell and Yancey County areas claim more artists per capita than any other place in the US. Is it true? Who knows. But hundreds of working artists live in the area, and many have open studios you can visit.

Event spaces:

For events such as symposia, workshops, meetings, film screenings, literature readings, concerts, and powerpoint presentations, the Yellow House garage can be used at no charge, or the Lodge and its porch can be rented out for a small fee. Through a partnership with Toe River Arts, we may also be able to arrange for artists to use the Arts Resource Center, a larger event space in Spruce Pine. Please allow several months advance notice to book events for ten or more. Contact us for more information about scheduling events.


Science supplies: Art-science residents will have access to several dissecting microscopes, herbarium presses, 10x loupes, sorting sieves, collecting vials, Ziploc and WhirlPak bags, forceps, ethanol, tubes, vials, petri dishes, and other glassware and plasticware, Nitrile gloves, Parafilm, a Malaise trap, insect nets and other insect collecting supplies, a camera trap, a wide collection of field guides, and miscellaneous items. We are not set up to work with sterile techniques. Because we are on a septic system and the community follows strict environmental regulations, use of chemicals is limited to small amounts of paints, inks, ethanol, and similar materials. If you use formaldehyde or other highly toxic chemicals, you must bring them with you, keep them contained, and take them with you when you leave.
Art supplies: You will also have access to a large 82″ easel, a small French easel for plein air, a drying rack, various paints and papers, brushes, pens and ink, graphite and colored pencils, cutting mats, enameled pots for dyeing, a rigid heddle loom, an assortment of yarns and threads, an assortment of beads, wire, beeswax, biological materials such as bone, feathers, snakeskin, insects, seeds and other plant parts, materials for collage/ assemblage, and other sundries. Like any residency, we encourage you to bring what you will need. However, if you have specific needs, especially for items that will benefit future residents, please inquire ahead and we may be able to accommodate you.

Get yourself situated and hang out with us for a while.

Read on to learn more about our events and residencies. Hope you can join us.

Contact us to get information or to book lodging, apply for a residency, inquire about teaching workshops, or to schedule other activity.