In 2005 three adjoining historic buildings in downtown Hot Springs were renovated to become The Iron Horse Station, which includes an inn, a restaurant, and what is now called ArtiSUN Gallery. The gallery was once a hardware store and, before that, a general-goods store. As such it has always been, and continues to be, an essential part of this Appalachian mountain town.
Sunny Riggs, owner of ArtiSUN Gallery, first came to Hot Springs in 2002 as a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs is the first town a hiker comes through after leaving Springer Mountain, Georgia on the way to Maine. When Sunny crossed paths with Hot Springs it was love at first sight. And though she finished the entire Appalachian Trail she knew when she arrived at Mount Katahdin, Maine that she had left her heart in Hot Springs. Nine years later she is the owner of ArtiSUN Gallery and a full time resident in what she calls her “forever home.”