Virtual Cultural + Museum Strolls
Discover Art Through Online Activities
Long-known as an arts hub with connections to the American Craft Revival and mid-20th-centry avant-garde movements, the Asheville area features hundreds of fine artists, mountain crafters, folk artists, colorful arts neighborhoods, galleries and numerous events and offerings that celebrate creativity.
During this time of social distancing, the creativity continues -- just in a different way. Many of Asheville's art institutions and creative collaborators are sharing content virtually to spark imaginations, encourage discovery and bring some artistic energy to our daily lives.
Roam a Museum From Home
Thanks to an online treasure trove of material, you can take a panoramic virtual gallery tour of the Asheville Art Museum. Through its collection, the Museum provides an overview of significant movements and trends in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and a virtual view of art of compelling art from the Southeast. Other online resources include "Works of the Week" and kids’ activities like "I Spy."
The Southern Highland Craft Guild provides a similar online experience with a virtual tour of current exhibitions, past exhibitions and gallery space. The Craft Guild is the second-oldest craft organization in America, representing 800 Appalachian makers of contemporary and traditional craft.
The Black Mountain College Musem + Art Center has created a "Museum from Home" resource center where you can find ways to experience art and performance, learn more about Black Mountain College and its artists, and even participate in virtual events. Over on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, they are sharing daily posts, creative prompts, updates, and articles, plus curator-led video tours of the exhibition Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College on Instagram Stories.
In April 2020, the Center for Craft unveiled a 3D tour of its newly renovated building. Within the stunning 3D virtual tour by Gabe Swinney, you'll find factoids to help you understand what you're seeing. The tour includes "factoids" about the "Craft Futures 2099" and "Shapeshifters" exhibits, the Craft Research Fund Study Collection, Cowork at Center for Craft, building history and permanent artist installations!
Virtually Hike the Appalachian Mural Trail
Explore the Appalachian Mural Trail, a collection of 90 public works of art in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, online through Mural Maps. Some of Asheville's favorite works include the Dolly Parton Mural, Triangle Park Mural, Lexington Gateway and Chicken Alley.
Marvel (digitally) at beautiful fresco
One of the newest works on the trail is the fresco at Haywood Street Congregation. The painting incorporates images of 30 local people that the Haywood Street Congregation has served, depicted in the context of the Beatitudes.
Artist Christopher Holt has studied and painted with renowned artist Ben Long, whose artwork in Western North Carolina and across the globe is a point of pilgrimage for many. Long's son Anselme was also involved with the project.
A virtual tour allows you to "visit" the fresco, learn more about the community members who posed for the project and get a behind-the-scenes look at early-stage sketches and the visions of the artists for the project.
Enjoy online art viewing
Be among the the first to see the latest work from artists at Pink Dog Creative, an artist collective and studio in the River Arts District. The artists have been hard at work at home. All the work featured is available for purchase.
Also, take a look at the Art in the Time of COVID exhibition the artists have created online.