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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

A Christmas Carol by the Montford Park Players

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: The Masonic Temple
  • Address: 80 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28802
  • Venue:  The Masonic Temple

The Montford Park Players of Asheville, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, will open Charles Dickens' classic tale of greed and redemption, A Christmas Carol, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.   Directed by Mandy Bean and featuring Peter Brezny as Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm, with additional performances on...

Holiday Comedy Improvisation

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to present Reasonably Priced Babies in Instant Christmas, two evenings of improv comedy on December 19 and 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now for 15$ plus tax. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information call 828-669-0930.

Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade 2014

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Grove Arcade
  • Address: 1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Grove Arcade

Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants. As to be expected, the Arcade will be “decking the halls” with holiday décor inside and out. The main attraction is once again the annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ hosted in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn. Come experience a Winter Wonderland full of wintery décor and gingerbread houses from Nov. 21...

Holiday Arts Extravaganza

  • December 29, 2014
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

For Students in Grades 1–4. Campers will spend their afternoons creating art of all kinds. All supplies and snacks will be provided. Students are encouraged to wear clothes that can get messy. Pre-registration is required. Call 828.253.3227.

Recurring Events

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Community Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

A WNC Premiere! "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is based on the beloved annual television special with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang. The musical includes the classic songs “Christmas Time is Here,” “Skating,” “Linus and Lucy” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” – with arrangements by Vince Guaraldi. A perfect treat for the entire family!

A Christmas Carol

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Flat Rock Playhouse
  • Address: 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731
  • Venue:  Flat Rock Playhouse

The Charles Dickens’ perennial classic, "A Christmas Carol," comes to life on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage in a spectacular new production featuring all the classic elements with a few new twists. The industrial setting of 19th-century England gives way to a story filled with hope and joy as the entire cast and audience join hearts and voices to a chorus of familiar Christmas carols. All the well-known characters retell the magical and uplifting story from “Bah! Humbug!&rd...

Beyond Textures: November 1 - February 3

  • December 20, 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: Joan Berner (fiber), Chery Cratty (paper), Robin Ford (fiber), Terry Gess (clay), Carmen Grier (fiber), Jon Arsenault (clay). (Work Shown: Chery Cratty)

Desert Moon Designs Studios - Annual Handmade Holiday

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 372 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Your Invited to shop local while supporting local non-profits. This is the 3rd-annual Handmade Holiday at Desert Moon Designs Studios which includes 14 "local" studio artists. You can select unique one of a kind items of jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass and fiber in the $5-$50 range. On December 13, 2014 from 11p-4p will be a special Open House where you can meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. We are open daily so leave the mall madness behind and join us in celebratin...

Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
  • Address: 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints examines the work of four, well-known Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quiltmakers: Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Pettway (b. 1942), Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960) and Loretta Bennett (b. 1960) and their recent exploration of the art of printmaking. The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) partners with Warren Wilson College (WWC) to bring a selection of these national treasures to a Western North Carolina audience for the first time through th...

Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards by Regional Artists

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Venue:  Grovewood Gallery
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4 (2 - 5 p.m.) Come meet your new favorite mug! Here at Grovewood Gallery we are celebrating American Craft Week with the opening of an intoxicating exhibit of divine steins, perfect pints and tempting tankards, all handcrafted by 17 of Western North Carolina’s leading artists. Hops & Crafts: Mugs, Steins & Tankards by Regional Artists will commence on Saturday, October 4 with an opening reception from 2 – 5 p.m. Several participating arti...

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