The Arts Abound in Asheville & Beyond

Asheville has a thriving art scene and if you haven't explored the creative wonders of this town, now is the perfect time to do so. An autumn walk through the downtown area is a day's adventure in itself, but here are some special events that highlight the rich and eclectic art scene that can be found in Asheville and beyond this month. Stop by one or all!

Downtown Asheville First Friday Gallery Walks
The First Friday of each month (April through December) from 5-8p.m., enjoy a fun-filled evening for the whole family where the art galleries, museums, and studios offer up special activities paired with amazing art. The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) has 25 downtown venues all located within a half-mile radius. This walkable tour is a must-see. Pickup the Downtown Gallery Guide map for a self-guided tour. The guide can be found in any participating gallery, the local Chamber of Commerce, or at Pack Place.

The Grovewood Gallery
The Grovewood Gallery is located next to the Omni Grove Park Inn and showcases 9,000 square-feet of Ceramic Artist Lisa Gluckin in Ashevilletraditional and contemporary crafts by more than 500 artists from around the United States. The current special exhibition featured now through the end of December is Beauty From Wood: Natural & Paper Forms. The exhibition features fine bowls and hollow vessels by woodturner Bill Luce and works by internationally known paper sculptor Leo Monahan.

Stop by for a meet and greet with ceramic artist Lisa Gluckin on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. The Grovewood Gallery is featuring a special display of  her recent works from her on-going project "Learning to Sit — A Stand-up Tragedy.” The display is up through November 11. The artist is in the gallery from 2-5p.m. both days for the meet and greet and to discuss her creative process. On display are a collection of unique hand-built ceramic forms that celebrate color and line and which touch on ideas of energy, vulnerability, trust, and playfulness. Her studio is located next to the gallery, so stop by and see more of her works.

Tapestry Weavers South Expedition
Make a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 382 in Asheville for the Tapestry Weavers South Exhibition in the Folk Art Center Main Gallery. It features fiber art created by members of the non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of tapestry weaving. Admission is free and the exhibition runs through January 12, 2014. Hours are 9a.m. through 6p.m. daily.

Weaverville Art Safari
Just a short 10-mile drive north of Asheville brings you to Weaverville, the home and workplace of many of the area artists. This weekend on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 10a.m. to 3p.m., set out on an art safari adventure that features self-guided driving tours of area artists' studios throughout the communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. The Weaverville Art Safari is free of charge and in its twelfth year. Check it out!

Appalachian Pastel Society 2013 Juried Member ExhibitionAppalachian Pastel Society Exhibition
Black Mountain Center for the Arts hosts the Appalachian Pastel Society's 2013 Juried Member Exhibition which runs through November 25. Enjoy pastel works from all over Western North Carolina. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 10a.m. to 6p.m and admission is free.

And More
Well, that's a lot of art to behold! That's why it's best to make the most of your stay in Asheville by finding the perfect vacation rental for you with the all of the amenities you desire. Be close and convenient to all of Asheville's artistic adventures. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to explore all that Asheville has to offer, so make your vacation plans now. The fall colors are peaking too, so be sure to bring your camera.

Let us know if you'll be visiting with us in the month of November. We'd love to hear from you!

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