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River Arts District

Welcome to the "RAD" - Asheville's creative center known as the River Arts District. This colorful neighborhood, which was once full of bustling mills, is now home to 270+ working artists and offers an eclectic mix of dining, vibrant murals, as well as easy access to the French Broad River. Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, the River Arts District provides endless opportunities for visitors to personally connect with some of Asheville's top creatives, engage in hands-on workshops and purchase local artwork. 

Explore the RAD! Discover the top things to do, see and eat in the River Arts District.

Things To Do

Things to Do

The River Arts District is home to numerous art galleries, restaurants, and spectactular views of street art, backlit by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shopping

Shopping

With a wide variety of shops and galleries featuring custom one-of-a-kind pieces, purchase locally made artwork from over 270 artists and makers.

Dining

Dining

From wood fired pizza to fresh ground coffee or fine dining, the restaurants of the River Arts District offers delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

How to Spend a Day in Asheville's River Arts District

Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is a destination that grew out of necessity. Artists needed cheap rent and large spaces.

What's on Tap in the RAD

Discover some of the top food, drinks, art and things to do in the RAD.

Meet The Artists

Andrea

Andrea is the owner of Studio A, a pysanky, mixed-media and graphic design studio and gallery located within Pink Dog Creative in Asheville’s River Arts District. Honoring her Ukrainian roots, Andrea creates unique pysanky eggs using traditional Ukrainian patterns, as well as her own modern designs. In addition to her pysanky eggs, Andrea sells mixed-media notecards and gifts, specialty River Arts District t-shirts and totes, stickers, pysanky supplies and pysanky-inspired home goods. She works to inspire people to learn about the craft of pysanky by teaching live demonstrations and workshops at her studio. Before moving to Asheville in 2013, she was a graphic designer at VistaPrint and Arnold Worldwide. Andrea has been integral in fundraising efforts for victims of the Ukrainian war, serving as a volunteer for the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America’s humanitarian aid fund. She has exhibited in both Boston and Asheville. Her work can also be found at the Pysanka Museum in Koloymia, Ukraine and in private collections worldwide.

Visit: Studio A, Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Asheville