American Style Magazine recently featured Asheville as the number one small city for art. The ranking is a result of the magazine's annual poll. Asheville has received numerous mentions in this contest for a number of years and has risen up from the number five spot in 2007 to hold the top spot for two years running. With a growing River Arts District and a strong bohemian culture the Asheville art scene has exploded with creative energy across a number of disciplines.
Here's the full story from American Style Magazine.
Top 25 Small Cities by Caitlin Fultz
1. Asheville, N.C.
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estled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville offers the best of both worlds: breathtaking scenic beauty and a population that values creativity and work made by hand. “Asheville is funky, eclectic and rooted in generations of homespun crafts inspired by the surrounding mountain beauty,” says reader Dan Ward, of Weaverville
, N.C. “The mountains make us whimsical, and whimsy fuels creativity.”
The renowned Asheville Art Museum
has plans to double its size, with a groundbreaking anticipated for 2012. The expansion will hold its ever increasing collection—with the permanent collection exhibition space growing by 70 percent and a special changing exhibition space that will double.
Up and Coming
This summer three venues are individually hosting wood art exhibits, creating a “woodturning trifecta” for collectors. Blue Spiral 1 Gallery
will feature a group exhibition with more than a dozen Southern woodworkers July 1 through Sept. 30. Grovewood Gallery
will feature 19 woodturning artists from all over the U.S. July 1 through Oct. 2. And the North Carolina Arboretum
is hosting an international exhibit of 45 of the world’s most outstanding wood artists until Sept. 5.
The Bele Chere Festival
, one of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festivals and a local favorite, stages its 33rd annual event in downtown Asheville
July 29-31, with nearly 200,000 people expected to attend.