Did you know that the Asheville and the surrounding mountains are the one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in our area. And there are hundreds of art galleries and artist studios to browse. While downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries (around 30 of them), you'll find first-class art and craft galleries in Biltmore Village and in many of the quaint downtowns of North Carolina mountain villages. Most galleries are open daytime hours Monday-Saturday. A few open on Sunday, especially during the summer and fall.
Our favorite place to see art is the River Arts District, located near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. This industrial riverside area has become the home to 185 artists in 25 buildings. See artists at work and buy directly from them. See much more in our River Arts District Guide.
If you enjoy events that feature many artists, see our Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows.
West Asheville near the River Arts District. 239 Amboy Road.
River Arts District Galleries
Home to 180+ artists. For much more info, See our River Arts District Guide.
More Downtown Asheville Galleries
- Kress Gallery: Once a "dime store," it is now home to a collection of stalls displaying home accessories upstairs and a collection of furniture from around the world downstairs. 59 College Street.
- American Folk Art and Framing: Contemporary Southern folk art and fine art including painting, pottery, woodcarvings, whirligigs, jewelry, and more. 64 Biltmore Avenue
- Appalachian Craft Center: The best collection downtown of authentic mountain handicrafts with pottery, face jugs, quilts, mountain-made toys, and handmade rugs. 10 N. Spruce Street
- Asheville Gallery of Art: A partnership of 29 professional, regional artists offering original two-dimensional works from representational to abstract. 16 College Street
- Ariel Gallery: Comtemporary craft cooperative featuring handmade work of renowned local artists from Asheville and the surrounding area. Enjoy original works in clay, fiber, glass, iron, metal, paper and wood. Meet local artists selling their own work. 19 Biltmore
- Jewels That Dance: Premier jewelry gallery and working studio with contemporary and classic fine jewelry. 63 Haywood Street
- Bender Gallery: Asheville's premier studio glass art gallery as well as the regions largest. 12 S Lexington.
- Edge Gallery: Locally made functional art. Corner of College & Lexington
- The Haen Gallery: Stunning and unique artwork for discerning collectors. Offerings reflect the character and sensibilities of this wonderful region. 52 Biltmore Avenue
- Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: An exhibition space and resource center dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world's most acclaimed experimental educational community. 56 Broadway,
- Asheville Art Museum: Explore world-class special exhibitions and the Asheville Art Museum's outstanding collection, showcasing the very best of 20th and 21st century American art. 2 South Pack Square. See our Asheville Art Museum Guide.
Grove Park Area Gallery (Near Downtown)
Grovewood Gallery: This gallery in a beautiful historic setting behind Grove Park Inn, features contemporary and traditional furniture, craft, and art.
Biltmore Village Galleries
(2 miles south of downtown via Biltmore Avenue-Read more about Biltmore Village)
- Blue: One-of-a-kind, award-winning jewelry hand-made by artists on premises. They specialize in all four colors of gold, plus sterling. Works by local artists in raku, pottery, glass, photography. 1 Swan Street
- Bellagio: This unique "art to wear" gallery features a complete line of exquisitely handcrafted clothing and jewelry that will become an endearing part of your wardrobe. 5 Biltmore Plaza.
- Southern Highland Craft Gallery: This "sister" gallery to the Folk Art Center features Craft Guild artists that must prove that they are masters of their craft through a rigorous jury process. A wide range of work for sale includes pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, fiber, metal, paper, mixed media and natural materials. 26 Lodge Street
- The Compleat Naturalist Wildlife Art Gallery: Features prints of world famous wildlife artists including Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, and Bev Doolittle, plus original wood carvings and glasswork with a wildlife/nature theme. Located in Historic Biltmore Village across from La Paz Mexican Restaurant.
Guild Crafts: A neighborhood tradition, built in 1955 by Ralph Morris Sr. for Stuart Nye and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a pair of stone houses is home to a craft shop offering the finest handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, ironwork, glass, fiber and much more. 930 Tunnel Rd/Hwy 70
Downtown Asheville Art Walks
On first Friday nights, April-December, downtown art galleries stay open until 8 PM for the Art Walk, with many openings and artist appearances. The 20+ participating galleries are within a 1/2 mile radius.
Don't miss our favorite craft show of the year. Every exhibitor is the artist (no salespersons selling someone else's art), and these artists are the... read more