ASHEVILLE AREA ART Exhibitions and Events
Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region.Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts. Click here for our website
The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at headquarters. Click here for the FOLK ART CENTER
The River Arts District consists of a vast array of artists and working studios in 22 former industrial and historical buildingsspread out along a one mile stretch of the French Broad River. This eclectic area is an exciting exploration of arts, food and exercise. Plan on spending a day or more visiting artists working in their studios, grabbing a bite of local cuisine or a brew and taking time to find art that’s perfect for your world.
2 Hour Walking Tour of the River Arts District, Asheville – Get the behind the scenes experience! This tour visits a variety of studios, some of which have multiple artists working out of them. Get the insider look into the River Arts District. Your tour will be led by an artist who works inside the River Arts District, to give you a more personal experience. These are small intimate tours with a maximum of 6 adults and a minimum of 2 adults. Click here to visit our website
Founded in 1988, AGA is a 30-member cooperative. Each gallery artist is a co-owner; who not only display work at the gallery but also help care for the duties and responsibilities of running the business. Each member of the gallery is hand picked through a jury process among dozens of applicants twice a year. We pride ourselves on displaying the finest works of art from the Community of Artists in the Asheville area while allowing the customer to experience the gallery at their own pace; whether its with detailed guidance or a intimate private stroll without interference. Click here to visit our website
The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants. FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live….come see the Toe River Valley in Yancey County, North Carolina….beautiful! Click here to visit our website
The Kenilworth Artists Association tours have brings thousands of art lovers to the historic neighborhood. The tour includes artists working in a wide range of media including oil, watercolor and acrylic. Other media featured are jewelry, pottery, ceramic tile, glass beads, furniture, mixed- media, photography, paper, turned wooden bowls, wooden flutes, and collage. The tour is planned by participating artists and sponsored by local businesses. More than 20 artists open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend at 11 locations in the Kenilworth neighborhood near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. The free, self-guided tour is fun for both the serious art buyer or the casual browser. Tour 10 AM-5 PM each day. For a tour map go to: kenilworthartists.org.
The members of Haywood Art Studio the Tour in October steering committee would like to invite you to be a part of our 3rd annual Haywood Art Studio Tour. This tour showcases fine art and crafts as well as studio spaces of artists living and working in Haywood County.This is a studio tour, therefore each venue hosting an artist or multiple artists must have a working studio at the address. Venues hosting multiple artists are
called Cluster Studios.
The Flood Fine Art Center is a non-profit contemporary art organization dedicated to bringing excellent, provocative art to Asheville from artists working around the world. We seek out art that is provocative, challenging, daring, relevant, and important. We believe that there are great things happening in the world of art, and we want to bring those things to Asheville. We want to put a thumbtack on the map of the Art World. In our first three years, we showed works by artists working in Los Angeles, Prague, New York, Georgia, Florida and here in Asheville. In our fourth year, we hope to bring fully-funded exhibition and residency programs for professional working artists from around the world. (The Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center has moved from the River Arts District and re-opens September 17th at 2160 Hwy 70 near Swannanoa) Click here to visit our website