Asheville NC Top 20 Art Galleries

Top 20 Asheville Art Galleries

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. 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 small towns. 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.

Asheville Area Art Galleries

Village Potters, Asheville
The Village Potters
A must stop in the River Arts District, meet six very accomplished artists and watch them at work. Buy contemporary art in three galleries. Be a potter for an afternoon with their hands-on workshop.
310 Art Gallery
310 ART Gallery
See the work of 25 local artists in this large gallery in the River Arts District featuring contemporary painting, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and photography. Plus, see studios of five resident artists working and demonstrating daily. And take a big variety of workshops. Open Monday-Saturday. 191 Lyman Street
Ariel Gallery
Ariel Gallery
Owned and operated by the artists, this downtown Asheville gallery is a premier showcase for handmade jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, fiber, glass, woodwork and furniture. Meet and purchase directly from local artists. 19 Biltmore Avenue
Boggs Furniture
Brian Boggs Chairmakers
Tour an active woodworker's studio for an up close look at how Brian Boggs, a furniture designer for over 30 years, crafts heirloom quality tables and chairs from sustainably sourced wood into original designs. West Asheville near the River Arts District. 239 Amboy Road.
Susan Marie Designs
Susan Marie Designs
Award winning jewelry designer and goldsmith Susan Marie Phipps works with the finest natural color gemstones, diamonds and pearls. Enjoy seeing Susan’s collection of elegant creations at her gallery/studio. 4 Biltmore Avenue in the heart of Downtown Asheville.
Asheville Gallery of Art
Asheville Gallery of Art
Discover the finest paintings by 30 local artists in this gallery that has flourished in downtown Asheville for 28 years. Visit their gorgeous new location for 2016 at 82 Patton Avenue in the Capital Center building. Open 7 days a week.
Grovewood Gallery
Grovewood Gallery
A locally-owned destination for fine American made art and craft since 1992, this gorgeous gallery features rotating exhibitions, an impressive second-floor studio furniture collection, outdoor sculpture gardens, and 9 working artist studios. 111 Grovewood Road, adjacent to Omni Grove Park Inn. Free parking
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Get a behind-the-scenes look inside artist studios in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. These small intimate, artist led, walking tours last about two hours. They also offer custom, hands-on and VIP art tours. 
River Arts District
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. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
Blue Spiral 1
Blue Spiral 1
A must stop for art lovers with three floors of fantastic contemporary fine art and craft by 100 Southeastern artists. Multiple changing exhibitions of sculpture and paintings, objects and photography are either discipline change every 6-10 weeks. 38 Biltmore Avenue
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. 8 miles from downtown. Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 382 near the U.S. 70 intersection.
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.
Surface Gallery
Surface Gallery
With a collective theme of surface texture that resonates throughout the intimate and highly identifiable group of artists, Surface Gallery brings contemporary fine art to Biltmore Village. 14 Lodge Street
New Morning Gallery
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
Lexington Glassworks
Lexington Glassworks
Watch glassblowers at work and see their amazing creations on display in downtown Asheville in their working studio. Their taproom features local beer in hand-blown glass! Open 7 days. No glass blowing on Tuesdays. 81 South Lexington Avenue
Gallery of the Mountains
Gallery of the Mountains
Find works from 100 local and regional artists of the Southern Appalachians. This gallery inside The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a wonderful collection of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, women’s and men’s accessories, and much more. Open daily. Located at 290 Macon Avenue, Sammons Wing.
Stecoah Valley Art Center
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 nearby.
Jackson County Energy Park
Jackson County Green Energy Park
Tour this fascinating arts facility that is powered by methane gas captured from the old town landfill, provideing heat for blacksmith forges, metal foundry, glassblowing, greenhouses and heating. Their gallery features art made onsite.
Kress Emporium
Kress Emporium
Stroll through this beautiful historic landmark and browse the work of 80 regional artists and crafts people along with a wide selection of fine antiques and collectibles. A great place for unique gift ideas. 19 Patton Avenue
Woolworth Walk
Woolworth Walk
This historic deparment store is now home to 160+ local artists offering jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts in it's nearly 20,000 square feet of space. Browse while sipping a milkshake from the Old Fashioned Soda Fountain. 25 Haywood Street

 

 

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