Art galleries in Asheville abound! Did you know that western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in the Asheville area. And there are hundreds of art galleries and artist studios to browse. While downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries (30+ of them), you'll find a variety of 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 explore 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 - making a great treasure hunt! See artists at work and buy directly from them. Find many galleries and studios open daily, while others open weekends or for the big Studio Strolls. 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.
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