Welcome to Blanahassett Island
Marshall High Studios resides in an historic brick schoolhouse, built in 1925 as home to the high school for beautiful Marshall, North Carolina. Nestled on a 10 acre island in the French Broad River, this restored and updated building, along with its 26 studios, auditorium, enormous deck, and parklike setting, has attracted artists in all media, including: painting, textiles, jewelry making, sound recording, yoga/movement, ceramics, photography, design, writing, massage, print making, music, and fiber.
Our Vision is to facilitate the development of a creative community of artists, craftspeople, arts organizations and individuals in spaces that are both attractive and affordable.
The future of our building was not always bright. Madison County Schools had shuttered the doors to the old high school and it was slated for demolition. With it's high ceilings, hardwood floors, big double-hung windows, and abundant natural light we couldn't resist the temptation: it was the perfect location for a working arts studio.
The town of Marshall was itself going through a creative renaissance and a renewed sense of community. After a year of planning and extensive renovation, Marshall High Studios opened its doors in the Fall of 2007.
The Town of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County, is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on the banks of the French Broad River. It is rich in history, scenery, outdoor activities and mountain culture.
In historic downtown Marshall you'll find the county courthouse, art galleries, restaurants featuring local produce, pubs/music venues, shops with unique home decor and gifts, an old-time general store, a Sunday afternoon farmers market on the island, and more.