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Asheville Art Gallery Guide

Also see: Shopping | Art Events & Tours | Downtown Asheville | Biltmore Village | River Arts District |
Asheville Art Museum | Antique Shops | Penland School of Crafts | Bookstores | EnergyXchange Studio | Art in the Park | Art of Mountains & Parkway | Kenilworth Art Studio Tour | Weaverville Art Safari | Craft Fair of the Southern HIghlands | Art Workshops & Classes

Asheville Art Gallery

Asheville Art GalleryDid you know that Asheville is the "Number One Small City for Arts in the USA?" AmericanStyle Magazine made that declaration for the last few years. 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. The wonderful art book, North Carolina Beautiful, features many paintings of the mountains.

 

Featured Asheville Art Galleries


Blue Spiral 1 Gallery Blue Spiral 1
The biggest gallery in downtown (14,000 square feet) has 75+ artists on display on three levels, with 28 exhibitions annually. See an example of one their many shows.
Downtown at 38 Biltmore Avenue.
Click here to visit their Web site.

New Morning Gallery, Asheville

New Morning Gallery
This 13,000-square-foot gallery represents 500 American artists with hand-crafted furniture, home accessories, pottery, glass, jewelry, garden sculpture and other imaginative gifts.
Biltmore Village at 7 Boston Way
Click here to visit their Web site.


Bella Vista Art Gallery, Asheville Bella Vista Art Gallery
"Bella Vista" is Spanish for 'beautiful view'. They represent both emerging and mid-career artists, from many media, whose works challenge and interest art collectors now and for many years to come.
Biltmore Village at 14 Lodge Street
Click here to visit their Web site.

Jonas Gerard Fine Art

Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Nationally recognized artist Jonas Gerard, known for his large, vibrant, paintings, works in his 5,000 square foot studio/gallery. Enter a world of color and find abstracts, landscapes, sculptures, artistic gifts and more.
River Arts District at 240 Clingman Ave.
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Art Connection Tours

Art Connections Tours
Through thoughtfully designed one or two-day itineraries, participants in Art Connections tours go inside the studios of some of the top artists in the region. Take a prearranged tour or schedule a customized tour for your group.
Click here to visit their Web site.


Folk Art Center Folk Art Center
Art lovers should not miss the Folk Art Center. It showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians and includes rotating exhibits, live demonstrations and a large gallery shop. Free admission.
It's a very popular stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 382 near the U.S. 70 intersection, 8 miles from downtown.
See our Folk Art Center Guide.

Updraft Art Gallery

Updraft Fine Arts Gallery
Located directly across the street from Zambras and right around the corner from Malaprops, owned by four local artists with a neoteric mix of functional fine woodwork and handmade furniture, encaustic, mixed media and oil painting, photography, metal, jewelry, sculptural and fiber.
Downtown at 84 Walnut Street
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Gallery Asheville

Gallery Asheville
Local fine art. Crossing genres and mediums, they feature a select group of local, established and emerging fine artists for the sophisticated or casual collector. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6.
Downtown at 8 Biltmore Avenue
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Artetude Gallery

Artetude Gallery
Downtown Asheville's newest contemporary fine art gallery featuring compelling and innovative sculpture, painting and photography by extraordinary artists with regional, national and international followings.
Downtown at 89 Patton Avenue.
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ZaPow Gallery

ZaPow!
Southeast's only art gallery focusing on illustration and pop culture art.
21 Battery Park Avenue, Downtown
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Flood Fine Art Center Flood Fine Art Center
This non-profit contemporary art institution is dedicated to advancing the careers of emerging and mid career artists, and furthering the understanding of contemporary art and its importance within the community and beyond. See their various exhibitions in the River Arts District.
Click here to visit their Web site.

Mountain Painting NC William Mangum Fine Art
Buy art, paintings and gifts featuring the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway online from William Mangum.

Click here to read and see more.

River Arts District Studio
The River Arts District is booming! Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Their popular Studio Stroll happens twice each year. See our River Arts District Guide.

River Arts District Galleries
Note: This is just a small sampling of galleries in the River Arts District. For much more info, See our River Arts District Guide.

Odyssey Studios & Gallery: Odyssey Studios & Gallery, 238 Clingman Ave., is dedicated to providing a place where clay, creativity and community meet. Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts is a studio school which promotes understanding, appreciation and professional development in the ceramic arts. Under the stewardship of Highwater Clays, programs are based on the philosophy that every individual’s creative capacity is greatly enhanced by a generous community, challenging instruction and a passion for clay. The classes are several-weeks long during each season (spring, summer, winter) with excellent intstructors, and there are courses for children, too! Odyssey has a Resident Artist program, and in addition to the Residents working at Odyssey and teaching classes, private lessons can also be arranged.

The Village Potters: Houses the working studios of six professional resident potters, and includes an exquisite gallery exhibiting and selling fine, contemporary ceramic art, as well as that of regional artists, including visiting Master’s Series Instructors. The Village Potters Teaching Center offers ongoing classes for adults and children’s art camps and classes. 191 Lyman St.

310 ART: This contemporary fine arts gallery features all original work of 22+ local painters, sculptors, jewelers, encaustic and mixed media artists. Located in Riverview Station, it is one of the first gallery style studios in the district. featuring many artists in one venue. Spring and summer events include patio outdoor oil painting and encaustic demos. The education venue, River's Edge Studio is an art school for adults, specializing in modern methods of oils, acrylics, watercolor, encaustics, cold wax and other specialty techniques. 191 Lyman Street, Studio #310

NUMBER104 Gallery: Dedicated to displaying and offering for sale the best photographic and portrait art. See a very diverse style of photographic essays from landscapes to portraits to industrial abstracts. GD Whalen, a local photographer is displaying his work. Travel with him as he takes us all over the world with his photography. Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St. Suite 104 

Asheville Area Arts Council Artery: This gallery features works by Asheville area artists in all styles and mediums. Gallery talks and programs often accompany the rotating exhibitions. 346 Depot St

Downtown Art Walks
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. For 2013, the 22 participating galleries are within a 1/2 mile radius. Download the Downtown Gallery Guide and Map to guide you. Or pick one up at a downtown art gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.

Asheville Map Art Galleries

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.

Woolworth Walk: Another department store from yesteryear that is now home to a collection of artists, with some working as you shop. 25 Haywood Street.

Goldworks Gallery: Custom jewelry design, designer jewelry, crafts and fine art. 16 Patton Avenue

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

Atelier: This transitional gallery space focuses on supporting and promoting the work of both established and emerging, local, regional and national artists. Since opening in february of 2009, Atelier has been known for bringing fresh, original artwork to local and national collectors alike. 68 College 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

The 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

Overstrom Studio: Original, handformed jewelry designs that embrace the designers (Michael Overstrom) Scandinavian heritage and define Asheville's elegant style. 35 Wall Street.

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,

Forever Gallery: Something different! 900 square feet of original, progressive oil and acrylic paintings for sale.  Some tattoo imagery, including traditional Japanese. Please stop by and share our enthusiasm for amazing art.  98 N. Lexington Ave.

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. Voted Top Retailer of American Craft by Niche Magazine. Read about their Sculpture for the Garden Exhibition.

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. We 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.

East Asheville
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

 

     
     

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