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Art galleries in the Asheville area 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 our Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover hundreds of art galleries and artist studios to browse. While downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries (25+ of them), you'll find a variety of art and craft galleries in Biltmore Village and in many of the quaint small towns. (Pic above: Mark Bettis Gallery)

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. See much more in our River Arts District Guide.

Explore more art on driveable trails for 25 Western North Carolina counties with 200 craft sites on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails

If you enjoy events that feature many artists this year, see our Top 80 Asheville & WNC Festivals & Tours.

Asheville Area Art Galleries

Asheville Art Museum

Explore an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and discover the richness of Western North Carolina’s unique artistic history at the Asheville Art Museum. Groups… read more

Explore an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and discover the richness of Western North Carolina’s unique artistic history at the Asheville Art Museum. Groups of ten or more adults are invited to schedule a guided tour of the Museum’s Collection or special exhibitions led by volunteer educators.

Lexington Glassworks

Watch glassblowers at work and see their amazing creations on display in their working studio in downtown Asheville. Their taproom features local beer in hand-blown glasses! Open 7 days. 81 South… read more

Watch glassblowers at work and see their amazing creations on display in their working studio in downtown Asheville. Their taproom features local beer in hand-blown glasses! Open 7 days. 81 South Lexington Avenue.  

Momentum Art Gallery

See spectacular contemporary art from artists in western North Carolina and throughout the United States. Browsing is welcome in this downtown gallery. 52 Broadway.

See spectacular contemporary art from artists in western North Carolina and throughout the United States. Browsing is welcome in this downtown gallery. 52 Broadway.

Gallery of the Mountains

Located in Asheville's historic Omni Grove Park Inn, Gallery of the Mountains celebrates the artistic talent of Southern Appalachia. Discover curated collections of finely crafted jewelry, pottery… read more

Located in Asheville's historic Omni Grove Park Inn, Gallery of the Mountains celebrates the artistic talent of Southern Appalachia. Discover curated collections of finely crafted jewelry, pottery, home décor, unique gifts, and Asheville-made mementos. Locally owned and operated since 1984.

Grovewood Gallery

Nationally recognized for its dedication to fine American art and craft, Grovewood Gallery is noted for its charming, old-world setting and rich craft heritage. Located in historic Grovewood… read more

Nationally recognized for its dedication to fine American art and craft, Grovewood Gallery is noted for its charming, old-world setting and rich craft heritage. Located in historic Grovewood Village, the gallery offers two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. Free parking on-…

Toe River Arts Gallery, Burnsville

The TRAC (Toe River Arts Council) Gallery in downtown Burnsville showcases local artists with changing exhibits and a great gallery shop. See work from over 150 artists and craftspeople in a… read more

The TRAC (Toe River Arts Council) Gallery in downtown Burnsville showcases local artists with changing exhibits and a great gallery shop. See work from over 150 artists and craftspeople in a variety of media: clay, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber, wood, sculpture, mixed media, and more. 102 West Main Street, Burnsville

St Claire Art

At this must-stop studio in River Arts District (344 Depot Street, #104), watch Stephen create brilliant paintings that come to life with intense color and contrast. His fascinating “Dialuminism”… read more

At this must-stop studio in River Arts District (344 Depot Street, #104), watch Stephen create brilliant paintings that come to life with intense color and contrast. His fascinating “Dialuminism” process allows light to pass through layers of paint, reflecting off metal. Open Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM.

New Morning Gallery

This 13,000-sq. ft. gallery represents 500 American artists with hand-crafted furniture, home accessories, pottery, glass, jewelry, garden sculpture and other imaginative gifts. Located in… read more

This 13,000-sq. ft. gallery represents 500 American artists with hand-crafted furniture, home accessories, pottery, glass, jewelry, garden sculpture and other imaginative gifts. Located in Biltmore Village at 7 Boston Way. 

Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery

This beautiful contemporary art gallery includes paintings, ceramics, glass, and sculpture work. A must-see for art lovers! See the website for upcoming shows featuring local and national artists… read more

This beautiful contemporary art gallery includes paintings, ceramics, glass, and sculpture work. A must-see for art lovers! See the website for upcoming shows featuring local and national artists from the gallery. 123 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Citron Gallery

This boutique gallery located in Downtown Asheville features authentic contemporary art from local, national, and international artists. We aim to attract top talent and offer unique art and… read more

This boutique gallery located in Downtown Asheville features authentic contemporary art from local, national, and international artists. We aim to attract top talent and offer unique art and specialized service to collectors and art lovers visiting the Asheville area. 60 Biltmore Ave. #002

Blue Spiral 1

A must-stop for art lovers with three floors of fantastic contemporary fine art and craft. An extensive exhibition schedule, presenting 15 shows annually, often featuring 4-5 simultaneously within… read more

A must-stop for art lovers with three floors of fantastic contemporary fine art and craft. An extensive exhibition schedule, presenting 15 shows annually, often featuring 4-5 simultaneously within various venues inside the gallery. 38 Biltmore Avenue

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… read more

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. 8 miles from downtown. Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 382 near the US 70 intersection.

Modern Muse Gallery

Browse and see the artist at work in this 3,000 sq ft studio and art gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. The gallery showcases the works of founders, Sandra Bottinelli and Pearl Renken… read more

Browse and see the artist at work in this 3,000 sq ft studio and art gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. The gallery showcases the works of founders, Sandra Bottinelli and Pearl Renken alongside local and regional artists of varying disciplines. Open year-round to shoppers and collectors. 191 Lyman Street, Suite 110.

Penland School of Craft

Take a tour or sign up for a class at this internationally-known school for art and craft, tucked away in the mountains near Spruce Pine. Their multiple galleries are free to visit with amazing… read more

Take a tour or sign up for a class at this internationally-known school for art and craft, tucked away in the mountains near Spruce Pine. Their multiple galleries are free to visit with amazing works created by students and teachers.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center ​

Tucked away in small village near Fontana Lake and Nantahala River is an amazing gallery that showcases the work of 180+ area artists and hosts a great summer concert series. Many artist studios… read more

Tucked away in small village near Fontana Lake and Nantahala River is an amazing gallery that showcases the work of 180+ area artists and hosts a great summer concert series. Many artist studios nearby.

Jackson County Green Energy Park

Tour this fascinating arts facility that is powered by methane gas captured from the old town landfill, providing heat for blacksmith forges, metal foundry, glassblowing, greenhouses and heating.… read more

Tour this fascinating arts facility that is powered by methane gas captured from the old town landfill, providing heat for blacksmith forges, metal foundry, glassblowing, greenhouses and heating. Their gallery features art made on-site.

River Arts District

Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it… read more

Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.

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