While you can visit many of the 200 artists in studios and galleries in the River Arts District in Asheville any day of the year, find the biggest numbers of the resident artists at work on Second Saturdays of each month (including the Fall Studio Stroll). It's fun to explore and find a diverse array of artists in 23 historic industrial buildings situated along the railroad tracks along the French Broad River. This area is just a few miles from downtown and Biltmore Estate. Pic above: Stephen St Claire explains his fascinating “Dialuminism” process that creates brilliant paintings that come to life with intense color.
Second Saturdays 2019
On the second Saturday of every month, go to special openings, hands-on classes, demos, music, block parties and more. Find paintings, sculpture, pottery, fiber, glass, metal, wax, basketry and more. There are many teaching venues, so pick up a paint brush or get your hands in the clay. Most galleries open at 10 AM. Events vary greatly monthly, so expect a different experience each time.
Fall Studio Stroll
November 9-10, 2019, 10 AM-5 PM (No Spring Studio Stroll)
The Studio Stroll is free and self-guided. Many studios are within walking distance of each other, and there is plenty of free parking. See a map below! Go home with new ideas, gifts for friends and even something special for yourself. Free trolleys run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the mile long district during Studio Stroll hours. Come enjoy the exhibits and art demonstrations, such as glass blowing, wheel throwing, wood turning, and more.
Take hands-on classes (reserve in advance), including a 30-minute glass blowing session at NC Glass Center. Read more about the Glass Art in Asheville.
Directions to the River Arts District (RAD)
Where to begin? We suggest starting at Riverview Station (191 Lyman Street, Asheville), home to dozens of artists, The Village Potters and 310 Art. Or begin at St. Claire Art at 344 Depot Street. Both locations have large parking areas. Pick up a map and list of happenings there. See our River Arts District Guide for tips and places to visit, including breweries and restaurants.