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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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Special Events

LEAF Downtown AVL

  • Aug 1
  • Pack Square Park
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

LEAF Community Arts is thrilled to announce the first annual LEAF Downtown AVL event taking place on August 1st & 2nd, 2015. Get ready to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville! Long has it been our dream to bring the performance magic, cultural majesty, and beautiful family atmosphere cultivated over 20 years of LEAF Festivals to the city we call home. We welcome ONE AND ALL to two days filled to the brim with music, art, workshops, fa...

Single-Day Events

All Ages Painting at Fuddruckers

  • Jul 30
  • Location: Fuddruckers
  • Address: 130 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC 28801

Come to Fuddruckers for some family fun! The Paint Bug will be hosting a painting class for all ages. There is no experience required! All materials will be provided. They have burgers, fries, cakes and pies! and for the adults in the group, BEER! Bring your family and try something new with The Paint Bug! Reserve your seat now at www.paint-bug.com

Exhibit: Her Nobel Words

  • Jul 30
  • 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.

Tom Scheve from The Asheville Disclaimer w/Special Guests [Comedy]

  • Jul 30
  • Location: The Altamont Theatre
  • Address: 18 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Tom Scheve got his start in stand-up comedy at a notorious open mic show: Tomato Tuesdays, in which comedians performed next to a large gong while rowdy audience members threw foam tomatoes (or cigarette lighters) at the comedians and, occasionally, the gong. Tom then spent two years refining his act performing weekly at the world-famous Omni Grove Park Inn Resort for guests from all over the world. Tom Scheve now performs for audiences of all socio-economic status. He has performed at the Laugh...

Pump Boys and Dinettes

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Owen High School
  • Address: 99 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

A Musical Presented by SART at Owen High School The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils. “Both musically and theatrically, a triumph of ensemble playing....

43rd Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Cathedral of All Souls
  • Address: Biltmore Village, ASHEVILLE, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This area's premier outdoor art and craft fair, hosting 114 exhibitors representing all media. This is a high quality, juried event which has been a time honored tradition for over four decades.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • Aug 1
  • 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

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). Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is located directly next door to Grovewood Gallery, tucked away in the Grove Park neighborhood in North Asheville. The following artists will have their studios open to the public on Saturday, August 1: C...

Textile & Metal Jewelry with Joanna Gollberg

  • Aug 1
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Location: Asheville Art Museum, East Wing
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

Let's experiment with Asheville jewelry artist Joanna Gollberg! In this class, participants will use simple tools to form the base of jewelry piece - whether it's a brooch, necklace, earrings or bracelet. The base will then be decorated with textile fibers. The idea is to create a finished piece in a day, while exploring the two very different mediums of metal and fiber. The class will also explore professional jewelry cold connections and findings using wire, as well as a variety of textile and...

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

  • Aug 1
  • 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.

ZaPow! Presents: Heroes and Villains! Opening Reception

  • Aug 1
  • ZaPow!
  • Address: 21 Battery Park, Asheville, NC 28801

What: New Visions of Heroes and Villains created by ZaPow Member Artists; Rock Gods to parodied comic book Heroes, Goblin King to Legend. Meet The artists. DJ Kutsu will be spinning music apropo to the theme. Free Local Beer and Lemonade will be served.

Recurring Events

Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

  • Jul 30
  • 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...

Photography Exhibit by the Carolina Nature Photographers Association

  • Jul 30
  • Cradle of Forestry
  • Address: 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Come enjoy the beautiful photography exhibit on display in the Discovery Center! Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Disc...

Pink Dog Creative After Hours

  • Jul 30
  • 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!

Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan

  • Jul 30
  • Grovewood Gallery
  • Address: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville is honored to host a solo exhibition for award-winning woodturner John Jordan. The Nashville, Tennessee artist, known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, will have 30+ pieces on display in Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan. John’s work can be found in many prestigious permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts in Washington, D.C., the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and...

Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti

  • Aug 1
  • Asheville Area Arts Council
  • Address: One Page Avenue, Suite 143 & 144, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st

The mural scene in the United States is as vast and stylistically diverse as the generations of artists, building owners and photographers who helped create and broadcast it. Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti looks at a cross section of that scene — one that begins here in Western North Carolina, stretches up and down the eastern seaboard and across the west coast.

Make Your Own Ring

  • Aug 1
  • Visions of Creation
  • Location: Visions of Creation
  • Address: 100 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st day

After a very successful winter season of teaching private classes on "Make your Own ring," Roberto Vengoechea, Designer and Owner of Visions of Creation, continues that agenda with classes for beginners in hand fabrication. Make your own sterling silver ring in our fully equipped studio in Black Mountain. This 8- to 10-hour class includes all your tools and silver; choose your own stone; go home with your hand-crafted St. Silver ring that you created; no experience necessary. COS...

Spruce Street Market

  • Aug 1
  • 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.

The Bait Hides The Hook

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Pink Dog Creative
  • Address: 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st

The Bait Hides The Hook, an exhibition of paintings by Anna Jensen, opens at Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC on Friday June 19, 2015 with a public reception from 5-8 p.m. Jensen’s psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives in acrylic, glitter, and oil stick bring to mind the humor and pathos previously mastered by great expressionists and later manifested by pop artists. A brief look at her paintings makes you relate to her autobiographical revelati...

Third Thursdays at the Junction

  • Aug 1
  • The Junction
  • Address: 348 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st

Third Thursdays opening reception for monthly show at The Junction featuring Mark Bettis.