Blue River celebrates open house this Friday after moving location on Elk Avenue

John Thompson • Jul 9, 2019 at 10:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Since its founding four years ago by Tom and Karen Hitchcock, Blue River Studio has carried on its namesake’s tradition and meandered through downtown Elizabehton.

The couple started their art business on Armed Forces Drive. They were at that location for two years, helping to promote art in downtown Elizabethton and providing a place for local artists to display their work.

But two years ago the Hitchcocks decided to move their business to Elk Avenue to take advantage of the denser traffic and visibility. The move paid off, and the studio has thrived at its new location.

But Karen said they were quite willing to make the move to the Eagle Co-op, a block west of their last location. At the new location, the Hitchcocks won’t have to stay at the store as much, encouraging Karen’s efforts to get out into the community to promote art in general and her business.

The Blue River’s location in the Eagle Center Co-op, 507 E. Elk Ave.  is a good one, at the very entrance to the store, with the Blue driver merchandise visible to pedestrians walking by the store.

Several of the artists who previously displayed their work with Blue River Studio have followed the Hitchcocks to the Eagle Building and now have their own display section with Eagle.

While Karen no longer has the floor space to complete the mosaics of local landmarks she is creating for the downtown walk, she has an alternative workspace in the back of the Eagle Building. She is currently working on her fifth mosaic on the project. This one shows the Blue Hole.

To celebrate the recent move, Blue River Studio will hold an open house before Friday’s Evening on Elk. The Open House takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Friday.