Gallery Walks Bring Downtown Art to Life

Gallery Walks Bring Downtown Art to Life
Monthly art walks kick off new season

This week marks the start of the Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) 2014 First Friday Gallery Walks. A tradition helping locals and visitors alike start off each new month with a visual feast, these walks celebrate the arts’ significant contribution to downtown Asheville’s renaissance.

More than 25 diverse fine-art and studio-craft galleries, as well as jewelry designers, call downtown home, and all are located within half a mile from Pack Place in what is truly a walking city. Local, regional, national and international artists will have their work on display, including photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles and more!

"Blushing Fellow" by Kim Ellington
Here’s what some of the galleries will have going on:
  • The Bender Gallery is presenting “Explorations,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of prominent glass sculptor Toland Sand. The opening reception is Friday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m., offering attendees the opportunity to meet the artist and learn about his work.
  • American Folk Art is holding its second-annual “Face Jug Show” April 3-23. The opening reception is Friday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m. Several renowned regional artists will be featured.
  • ZaPow is holding an opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Bits & Bytes: Art of the Video Game.” The reception is Saturday, April 5 from 6:30-9 p.m., with the exhibit featuring new art inspired by favorite video games and an opportunity to meet the artists behind the work.
  • Mountain Made is hosting an “Artist Party” on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m. with free refreshments and music by MOTOWN BLUE.
  • The Asheville Art Museum has scheduled a “pay as you wish” admission for Friday, April 4, along with snacks and a cash bar, to celebrate the opening of an exhibition by Asheville’s own Ralph Burns, entitled “A Persistence of Vision, Photographs 1972-2013.”

Transforming Asheville into a vibrant urban-arts community has been decades in the making, with art--from the abundance of galleries to the Art Deco architecture--having played an important role in turning the town into “The Paris of the South.”

To see for yourself what Asheville’s current art scene has to offer, don’t miss these free walks, which take place the first Friday of each month (April 4 through Dec. 5) from 5-8 p.m. While in downtown, be sure to grab an early dinner before (or a late meal after) at one of Asheville’s acclaimed restaurants or breweries!

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