Discover the Local Artisans of Asheville
Asheville is known for a lot of different things. There is no doubt we have a special sense of community. We are that rare destination where folks often leave completely surprised by our vibrant and rich culture. For those returning for a visit, you've had a taste of Asheville and understand why people come back year after year. This week we take a look at the vibrant local art scene.
Discover the Magic of Glassblowing
If you've never taken the time to watch how custom glass pieces are made you are truly missing a wonderful experience. There is something amazing about watching molten glass emerge from the furnace and then through a series of skills become a stunning piece of art. I say art because even the bowls or everyday items are delightful in there intricate detailing, colors, and technicality. If you have the time, and you should, you're on vacation! Head over to visit the guys at Lexington Glassworks where you can sit back and watch the entire process from start to finish. If you're like us, you'll end up staying a lot longer than you planned and probably with a piece of your own.
81 S. Lexington Ave
The Joy of Basket Weaving
How many parents have said to their kids in college " just don't take classes in basket weaving." Well we are sure glad that Matt Tommey chose to pursue his passion for weaving and sculpture. From baskets to striking woven sculptures you'll be blown away with what this artist can do with bark, vines, and branches. Matt Tommey is a world-class artist and teacher, and we are lucky enough that he calls Asheville home. His studio is located in River Arts District. Today much of Mr. Tommey's work is featured in many of the most beautiful mountain homes in the area.
No tour of Asheville's art scene is complete without taking in some local pottery, and we have just the place for you. Over in the River Arts District you'll find The Village Potters. This wonderful collection of studios was founded by the husband and wife team of Sarah and George Rolland. Today there are six permanent artists and three galleries on site. The studio also features an education center where people can step up to the wheel and take lessons. If you are just visiting, take a moment to watch as the artist breathe life into clay, and make sure to check out the selection of potter for sale. You can find The Village Potters at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St #180, Asheville, NC. Mon-Sat 10-6 p.m.
Visit The Folk Art Center
The Folk Art Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This delightful facility is a wonderland for those who enjoy seeing local artisans and their wares. The facility features artisans who work with materials like metals, woodwork, jewelry, clay, and fibers. During your Asheville vacation, it is well worth your time to stop by and see the daily demonstrations. Each day features a different artist. The Folk Art Center is located at Mile Post 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC, (828) 298-7928.
Asheville Art Museum
It's hard not to love a place whose stated goal is to "Transform lives through art," and have they ever, since 1948, when local artists founded the museum. Today the museum serves the western part of North Carolina providing visitors with access to a huge collection of 20th century American Art. Currently, the museum is in a temporary location as they are renovating their main facility, but have no hesitation in visiting this location as it is amazing. Admission to the Asheville Art Museum is free.
Tue-Sat 10-5 p.m. and Sun 1-5 p.m.
175 Biltmore Ave,
Asheville, NC 28801
Explore The River Arts District
If you love the arts, then you have to visit the River Arts District of Asheville. Located in the West Asheville area, you'll find the River Arts District is a great place to explore and see many of our local artists. There are 185 artists in 25 buildings! Many artists share their creative process by putting on live demonstrations. On the second Saturday of the month, there are a particularly a large number of demonstrations. So head on down to the River District area during your Asheville mountain vacation.
Want to experience Asheville for yourself and explore our local art scene? All that is left to do is clear the calendar, hop online or give us a call at 888-861-9487 and book your Asheville vacation today. No matter what time of year you choose to visit you'll love what we have to offer.
Do you have a favorite local artist in Asheville? Let us know about them in the comments below.