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.
Sassafrass Studio: Bet Kindley, Desiree DeMars & Mary Alice Ramsey - Encaustic, Photography, Painting & Mixed Media. 191 Lyman St.
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 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.
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.
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