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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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Single-Day Events

Exhibit: Her Nobel Words

  • Sep 2
  • aSHEville Museum
  • Address: 35 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Come be inspired by aSHEville Museum's newest exhibit: Her Nobel Words - on the 16 women to have won the Nobel Peace Prize. These women fought to make the world a better place and were honored for their incredible achievements by the Nobel Committee. These are their words.

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Juried Show

  • Sep 2
  • Location: The Red House Studios and Gallery
  • Address: 310 West State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Enjoy the 48th Annual Juried Members Exhibit of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League (SVFAL) will be held at the Red House Studios & Gallery in August and September. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.  The exhibit includes the work of both emerging and accomplished artists in a variety of two and three dimensional media.

ZaPow! Presents: Heroes and Villains! A Member Artist Group Show

  • Sep 2
  • ZaPow!
  • Address: 21 Battery Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

ZaPow! Presents: Heroes and Villains! A Member Artist Group Show Saturday August 1 - October 11, 2015 What: New Visions of Heroes and Villains created by ZaPow Member Artists; Rock Gods to parodied comic book Heroes, Goblin King to Legend.

1st Friday Art Walk: Lexington Glassworks Open Late

  • Sep 4
  • Lexington Glassworks
  • Location: Lexington Glassworks
  • Address: 81 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

Join us for the Downtown Asheville Arts District First Friday Art Walk. The Lexington Glassworks studio and gallery will be open late until 8PM, stop by and enjoy live demonstrations by the artists.

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk

  • Sep 4
  • Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Location: Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Address: Various Locations, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  Asheville an...

A Drink and Paint Party Downtown

  • Sep 5
  • The Paint Bug
  • Location: WeinHaus
  • Address: 86 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

WeinHaus has a plethora of wine and beer, both in bottles and on tap... And we're going to be painting there!! The Paint Bug will be hosting one of its LEGENDARY classes in scenic Downtown Asheville, once again. Their talented artist will guide you, step-by-step, in creating a masterpiece, all while you enjoy your favorite adult beverage! They provide all of the materials necessary. All YOU have to do is sign up, show up, and let the good times roll. See you there!

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • Sep 5
  • Location: Pritchard Park
  • Address: 67 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an art market that takes place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 11 Saturdays throughout Summer beginning May 23th. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the marke...

Open Studios Art Tour on Historic Grovewood Grounds

During this event, art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds (adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn). Open studios presents an opportunity for visitors to interact with professional artists, see artwork at the source, and expose them to the rich talent that Asheville has to offer. Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is lo...

Open Studios Art Tour on Historic Grovewood Grounds

Art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of Grovewood Studios. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with our resident artists, learn a little about their process, and even delve into a bit of Asheville's rich craft history. The following studios will be open to the public on Saturday, September 5: Chris Abell (flute maker), Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon (jewelry & fine metalworks), Car...

Recurring Events

Amazing Beer and Fun Painting at Asheville Brewing!

  • Sep 2
  • The Paint Bug
  • Location: Asheville Brewing Co.
  • Address: 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Enjoy an Award-Winning Craft Beer while you paint with The Paint Bug on Asheville's largest outdoor patio! Our talented artist will guide you step-by-step in creating your very own work of art! All materials will be provided and there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! So come on down to the southslope and join us! Reserve your spot using our calendar at www.paint-bug.com.

Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

  • Sep 2
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Location: Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm features approximately 40 images, as well as a selection of historic photos and artifacts, from photographer Ken Abbott's Hickory Nut Gap Farm Project. After discovering the old Sherrill's Inn in 2004 while chaperoning his daughter's preschool field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Abbott, a newcomer to Western North Carolina, spent the next several years photographing the Fairview, NC house and family. Ken Abbott received his MFA in photog...

Pink Dog Creative After Hours

  • Sep 3
  • Location: Pink Dog Creative Studios
  • Address: 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28704
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

Join us for the soft opening tonight of Pink Dog Creative After Hours. Live jazz piano by Bill Oldfather on the patio, Live music at The Paintbox, and artists' studios open til 8pm. Come join us!

The Jacob Higginbotham Show

  • Sep 3
  • The Magnetic Theatre
  • Location: The Magnetic Theatre
  • Address: 375 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Not since his award-winning one-man lyric-drama, The Songs of Robert, has writer and performer John Crutchfield held himself up to public ridicule with such brave and solitary determination. His latest solo play, The Jacob Higginbotham Show, is set in our very own Asheville (or, at least, in somebody's Asheville), and tells the story of a strange little man "of a certain age" who has the bizarre habit of making spontaneous marriage proposals. These are universally rejected, of course,...

Made in WNC

Made in WNC is an exhibition examining the legacy of craft-based industry (textiles, pottery, and furniture) in Western North Carolina and its influence on artists and designer-makers working in the region today. On view: September 4, 2015 - January 9, 2016 Participating studios: Appalatch (Weaverville, NC), Blue Ridge Chair Works (Asheville, NC), Bow + Arrow (Asheville, NC), Cause and Effect (Asheville, NC), The Circle A Brand Mfg. Co. (Asheville, NC), Claire Minihan Woodworks (Asheville, NC...

Shindig on the Green

  • Sep 5
  • Pack Square Park
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: 1 W Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2015 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location -- formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown "along about sundown," or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Conces...

Spruce Street Market

  • Sep 5
  • Spruce Street Market
  • Location: Spruce Street Market
  • Address: 10 North Spruce Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

The Spruce Street Market is a weekly artist vending area. A full range of handmade arts and crafts will be displayed each Saturday and no two Saturdays will look alike! It runs from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the corner of Spruce St. and College by Pack Square Park. The event is free to the public! Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply to become vendors in the market.