About Us


Our gallery features over 50 regional and local Artists and Artisans in a wide variety of mediums in the historical Blevins Building built in the 1920’s.  We are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Gateway to Roan Mountain in Bakersville, NC. which is home to Toe River Arts and Penland School of Crafts.  The refined craftsmanship of the artists we represent lend well to the overall preservation of our building’s history and rustic mountain culture. 

About the Owners

Owner of Sweetgrass

Melissa Andersen


Melissa Andersen A.k.a. MT. HAAKON is a modern folk artist in both style and medium. Embracing a deep love for our planet and all it’s inhabitants. A recent transplant from Florida, Melissa is an experimental artist and describes herself as a modern folk artist using whatever materials are available. Always looking for opportunities to use her gift for the greater good.


Jessica Charapata


Jessica is a creative spirit with a passion for the arts and community. Her primary background is in marketing, project management, and event production. Jessica moved to N.C. from Florida after falling in love with the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the quaint town of Bakersville. Her husband is an artist and creativity is the center of her family life.