Stop 1. Mitchell Tolle Studio and Gallery
Since 1994, the Mitchell Tolle Studio and Gallery has been one of the first sights visitors see when they enter the town of Berea. Located just off I-75 at Exit 76, the attractive 1 ½ story building with an octagonal cupola was designed by the well-known artist to serve as both his studio and a sales venue for his original art and prints. Mitchell Tolle is known for idyllic landscapes, images of faith, and paintings that evoke a sense of nostalgia for a time when life was slower and less complicated. Visitors from over 70 nations visited his gallery. When he decided to sell the iconic building, the City of Berea purchased it to use as a highly visible visitor center. There are plans to showcase Berea’s many artists through exhibits and a retail shop as well as providing information for visitors and hosting classes, conferences and special events.