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Arts & Entertainment

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Check out our events calendar, Asheville's one-stop shop for music.

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=''>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=''>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

Sundays With Brevard Music Center

  • March 4, 2015
  • Location: Reuter Center, UNC-Asheville
  • Address: One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804

The Brevard Music Center in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Center concert series at a special time this month - on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 3:00pm in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville. The program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between Brevard Music Center artist cello faculty member Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl. Soprello explores the connections between vibrating strings and th...

Black Mountain College Photo Archive Presentation

Heather South, archivist at the Western Regional Archives, will discuss and show images and collection items from the Black Mountain College holdings owned by the State Archives and sign copies of the new photographic publication of Black Mountain College.

Drink and Paint at Town Pump Tavern!

  • March 7, 2015
  • Location: Town Pump Tavern
  • Address: 135 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Drink and paint with The Paint Bug. Our talented artist will lead you step-by-step in creating a masterpiece, all while you enjoy your favorite drink with your friends. This event is located in scenic Black Mountain. Sign up for class using our Calendar at:

Encaustic Two Day Comphrensive

  • March 7, 2015
  • Address: at Riverview Station North End, Asheville, NC 28730
  • Venue:  310 ART
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Go from beginning level to intermediate in this action packed class. Learn tools (all provided), safety, studio set up, materials and do lots of hands-on in the first day. Archival methods will be stressed on day one. Experimental techniques on day two are introduced. In this class you will learn all about encaustic waxes and how to make your own medium, pigments, transfers, embedding, lines, collage, nature print techniques, glue burns, crackle effects, rusting and lots more. Work small and com...

The Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats — March 14, 2015 (two shows) Experience awe-inspiring feats coupled with gorgeous traditional music in this sensational performance. The Peking Acrobats astound and amaze with their elegant beauty, unbelievable balance, staggering dexterity, and demure charm. Mainstage Special Attractions Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530,

Word and Image

Taught by book artist and calligrapher Annie Cicale, this workshop will explore the complementary nature of word and image and work with compositions to bring the two together in an expressive and communicative way. Capacity limited to 20 participants, call 828-350-8484 or stop by Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center to register. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "poemumbles: thirty years of Susan Weil's poem/images." on display until May, 23rd.

The Mystery of Abstraction with Cindy Walton

  • March 21, 2015
  • Address: at Riverview Station North End, Asheville, NC 28730
  • Venue:  310 ART

Come and get a look into the world of abstraction with contemporary painter Cindy Walton. We will explore several aspects of abstraction through small studies using acrylic, pencils, charcoal and other water medium.

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion — March 24 & 25, 2015 Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion flow from opera to rap, creating movement that is fresh and unique. Mainstage Dance Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Tuesday & Wednesday, March 24 & 25, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

The ABC's of Portrait Painting with Lorelle Bacon

  • March 28, 2015
  • Address: at Riverview Station North End, Asheville, NC 28730
  • Venue:  310 ART
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

All supplies included -- learn two methods of portrait painting in this 2 day workshop! On the first day learn how to paint a wet into wet portrait by painting directly onto the canvas. This technique produces an impressionistic finished painting. On the second day, students will transfer another portrait onto a canvas and use the technique of scrumbling and blending to create a more realistic portrait. Both of these techniques will be accomplished by following along with Instructor Lorelle Bac...

Museum Opening Day

The Swannanoa Valley Museum, Buncombe County's primary museum of general local history, opens for the season with new exhibits for 2015.

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