River Arts District Studio Stroll

River Arts District Studio Stroll

While you can visit many artists and studios in the River Arts District in West Asheville any day of the year, on two weekends each year you'll find almost all the resident artists at work in their studios. It's fun to explore and find a diverse array of artists in 20+ historically industrial buildings nestled along the railroad tracks along the French Broad River. This area is just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.

Spring Studio Stroll: May 20-21, 2017, 10 AM-5 PM
Fall Studio Stroll: November 11-12, 2017, 10 AM-5 PM

Visit artists in their studios, learn about their artistic process through conversations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Collect art at its source among the amazing displays of creativity from painting to sculpture, glassblowing to ceramics, fiber art, jewelry and more from 180 artists.

River Arts 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. Artists are also collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank. 

River Arts Studio Stroll

See our River Arts District Guide for tips about visiting other times during the year. 

Directions to the River Arts District (RAD)
Located just a couple of miles from downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village and Biltmore Estate!
From West / Downtown: I-240E to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From North: US Highway 19/23 South to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From South: I-26W to 240E to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From East on I-40 and Biltmore Estate: North on Biltmore Avenue (through Biltmore Village), left on Meadow which turns into Lyman Street.
From East: I-240W to "Montford 4C" exit, turn left at light, take first right onto Haywood Street, go straight across Patton Avenue where road becomes Clingman Ave.
Open the River Arts District map.


Watch artists at work, including the very entertaining Jonas Gerard.

Find artists and more info on the River Arts District Web site.

River Arts District Map
(Click map for a larger version)

Featured River Arts District Studios

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.
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.
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
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.
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. 
Asheville Art Class
Asheville Art Classes & Lessons
Take a painting or pottery class or workshop for an afternoon or a week in Asheville at studios in the River Arts District. Group or private lessons are designed for beginners and experienced. Take home a souvenir of art that your create!

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