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 are open on Sundays, especially during the summer and fall. Some only open for special events, such as the big Studio Strolls. 

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.

If you enjoy events that feature many artists, see our Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows.

Asheville Area Art Galleries

Gallery of the Mountains
Gallery of the Mountains
Located inside The Omni Grove Park Inn, this gallery features American handmade crafts by more than 100 local and regional artists of the Southern Appalachians. Be sure to visit their sister shop, Grovewood Gallery, located across the street in Grovewood Village. 290 Macon Avenue.
Grovewood Gallery
Grovewood Gallery
A locally-owned destination for fine American-made art and craft – celebrating 25 years! This gallery features rotating exhibitions, an impressive second-floor studio furniture collection, outdoor sculpture gardens and working artist studios. Located in Grovewood Village adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Free on-site parking. 111 Grovewood Rd.
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. 
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.
Lexington Glassworks
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. No glassblowing on Tuesdays. 81 South Lexington 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. West Asheville near the River Arts District. 239 Amboy Road.
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. 
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. 19 Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Nationally-recognized artist Jonas Gerard, known for his large, vibrant, paintings, works in his 5,000 sq. ft. studio/gallery. Enter a world of color and find abstracts, landscapes, sculptures, artistic gifts and more. River Arts District at 240 Clingman Avenue.
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.
New Morning Gallery
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 Biltmore Village at 7 Boston Way. 
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 US 70 intersection.
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. 
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.
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. 
St Claire Art
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” process allows light to pass through layers of paint, reflecting off metal. Open Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM.
Woolworth Walk
Woolworth Walk
This historic department store is now home to 160+ local artists offering jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts in its nearly 20,000 sq. ft. of space. Browse while sipping a milkshake from the Old Fashioned Soda Fountain. 25 Haywood Street. 
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.
Kress Emporium
Kress Emporium
Stroll through this beautiful historic landmark and browse the work of 80 regional artists and craftspeople, along with a wide selection of fine antiques and collectibles. A great place for unique gift ideas. 19 Patton Avenue. 
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, providing heat for blacksmith forges, metal foundry, glassblowing, greenhouses and heating. Their gallery features art made on-site.
Penland School of Craft NC
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 works created by students and teachers.

 

 

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