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Arts & Entertainment

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Asheville area art galleries, performing arts, fine art, mountain crafts and folk art

The Asheville arts scene is buzzing, featuring hundreds of fine artists, performing arts venues, mountain crafters, folk artists, hip arts neighborhoods, numerous art galleries and myriads of art events.

  • Performing Arts

    Asheville has a thriving performing arts scene with amazing diversity, ranging from opera, ballet, country music, engaging theater to experimental jazz. Street performers entertain crowds on nearly every corner of downtown.
  • Art Galleries

    Home to countless galleries, studios and craft shops, the Western North Carolina mountains are a hotbed of craft and contemporary art.
  • Art History

    Asheville has a wide range of historic attractions and museums, including America's largest home, the Biltmore, and the home of native author Thomas Wolfe. Asheville also boasts more Art Deco architecture than any southeastern city other than Miami Beach.
  • Music Scene

    Asheville's art scene includes an enthusiastic music culture. From bluegrass and mountain music to experimental jazz and rock, the city's creative atmosphere inspires musicians.
  • Downtown Asheville

    In the <a href='http://www.exploreasheville.com/listings/Downtown-Asheville-Art-District/329/default/'>Downtown Asheville Art District</a>, more than 20 galleries within easy walking distance of one another feature a wide variety of fine art and studio crafts created by local, regional, national and international artists. The <a href='http://www.exploreasheville.com/listings/Asheville-Art-Museum/262/default/'>Asheville Art Museum</a> entices with a variety of shows and collections throughout the year.
  • River Arts District

    The River Arts District, filled with dozens of working art studios, is one of Asheville's unique arts neighborhoods.

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Upcoming Events

Art and Music Converge - Pan Harmonia at the Haen Gallery

  • September 5, 2014
  • Location: The Haen Gallery
  • Address: 200 King Street, Brevard, NC 28712

Art and Music Converge These sublime concerts in the Haen galleries include wine and cheese at 6:30, followed by music at 7:15. Tickets are $24 in advance / $26 at the door / $8 Students Friday, September 5, 6:30 PM - Haen Gallery Concert 200 King Street, Brevard Monday, September 8, 6:30 PM - Haen Gallery Concert 52 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville Kate Steinbeck, flute • Fred Lemmons, clarinet • Amy Brucksch, guitar

Art and Music Converge - Pan Harmonia at the Haen Gallery Asheville

  • September 8, 2014
  • Location: The Haen Gallery
  • Address: 52 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Art and Music Converge These sublime concerts in the Haen galleries include wine and cheese at 6:30, followed by music at 7:15. Tickets are $24 in advance / $26 at the door / $8 Students Friday, September 5, 6:30 PM - Haen Gallery Concert 200 King Street, Brevard Monday, September 8, 6:30 PM - Haen Gallery Concert 52 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville Kate Steinbeck, flute • Fred Lemmons, clarinet • Amy Brucksch, guitar

Jonas Gerard - Live Painting Performance

While rhythmic music plays in the background, Jonas becomes completely absorbed in expressing what is in his heart with a gestural painting style that appears almost as a spontaneously choreographed dance. To the viewer, it may seem that the painting is done by the music itself while the artist is simply holding the brush. However, the years of dedication to this trust allows an artistic integrity to flow through his work.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • September 13, 2014
  • Location: Pritchard Park
  • Address: Downtown Asheville, Asheville, NC 28801

Ooh La La Curiosity Market is a local artist's market to take place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful Downtown Asheville, and will showcase the work of more than a dozen different local artists every Saturday. Taking place over six Saturdays this summer, beginning May 24 and continuing June 21, July 5, Aug. 2 and 30, with the final summer market Sept. 13. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, fabric artist...

Art In Autumn

  • September 20, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Weaverville
  • Address: 20 N. Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787

The Weaverville Business Association proudly presents Weaverville's annual Art in Autumn Festival on Sept. 20, 2014. This year's festival features nearly 140 artists! Join us on Main Street in downtown Weaverville, North Carolina from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Art, food, and fun all on one street!

Kings and Queens, Swaptember Edition!

  • September 26, 2014
  • Location: O'Henry's
  • Address: 237 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Kings and Queens is a monthly drag show on the fourth Friday of every month! This month, we bring you our Fall tradition, SWAPtember! In which our usual queens perform as kings, our usual kings as queens, and those in between in neither perform as whatever they please! Don't miss this once a year opportunity! Doors open at 10pm, show starts at 12!

A Midsummer Night’s Feast

  • September 29, 2014
  • Location: The Hub
  • Address: 278 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

The dream team of local food organizations, including the French Broad Food Coop, Organic Growers School, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Green Sage Café, RAD & West Asheville Tailgate Markets, are partnering to announce the benefit to fund a project bringing bulk organic animal feed to WNC. The Midsummer Night's Feast is an organic, locally grown, farm-to-table extravaganza, including a sit-down meal, film screening of the movie "GMO OMG" and a panel discussion featuring leaders ...

Recurring Events

Blue Spiral 1: Opening Six New Shows!

  • September 1, 2014
  • Location: Blue Spiral 1
  • Address: 38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Blue Spiral 1 is excited to be opening six new exhibitions on July 31. Featured shows include: "Ahead of the Curve", Hoss Haley, Debora Muhl, Pablo Soto, Ethan Stern, Jerilyn Virden - "Daniel Robbins", solo painting show - "Robert Stephan", solo glass show - "Christina Cordova", solo sculpture show - "Emily Leonard", solo painting show, and - "New Works", Kenneth Baskin, John L. Cleaveland, Brad Sells, Lee Sipe and Mike Smith

Haywood Graduate Show, May 17 - Sept. 17

  • September 1, 2014
  • Address: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Folk Art Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This exhibition showcases the talent of recent graduates of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts Department. Haywood's program is nationally recognized as mentoring the finest artists working today.

Into the Fire: August 2 - October 28

  • September 1, 2014
  • Address: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Folk Art Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Featuring work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Jim Charneski (jewelry), Fyreglas Studio (glass), Jan Kransberger (mixed media), Alex Matisse (clay), Rose Tripoli Mueller (clay), Laura Sims (fiber). (Work Shown: Jan Kransberger)

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