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River Arts District hosts a vibrant community of arts. Explore the neighborhood's art galleries, restaurants, and performing arts venues to get a feel for the eclectic vibe of the community. You'll have the opportunity to visit working artists' studios to watch them at work; venues include works in glass, mosaic tile, drawing, painting, photography, fiber arts, metal, paper, and more. To make the most of your time, check out the website for artists' opening hours, or look up artists according to your favorite medium. Download the online Studio Guide as a comprehensive tour, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Parking is free throughout the district. For refreshments, try a local beer at the neighborhood brewery. Plan a Asheville trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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We went with a tour group, and had a few hours to visit. The artisans are unique. It is an example of what can be done to help artists.
We went with a tour group, and had a few hours to visit. The artisans are unique. It is an example of what can be done to help artists. more »
This is a cool place to walk around. It’s not big and they are trying to clean up. There are alot of local artist galleries some overpriced. The place is very very eclectic.
This is a cool place to walk around. It’s not big and they are trying to clean up. There are alot of local artist galleries some overpriced. The place is very very eclectic. more »
We stumbled upon this area and loved walking around and exploring. Great variety and a cool, funky feel. They could use better signage. It was hard to determine what was open and what was closed...
We stumbled upon this area and loved walking around and exploring. Great variety and a cool, funky feel. They could use better signage. It was hard to determine what was open and what was closed... more »
Such a cool place to visit! Once industrial buildings now all transformed to art studios , art galleries and shops, and workshops. The street arts are vibrant and contemporary. There are so many varieties of art styles on display, from pottery and sculpture to paintings and mixed media works. The artists here are truly talented. They are friendly too. There are coffee shops and beer garden as well. It could be easily spend a half day here exploring the whole area.
Awesome place to walk around and go in different artists' studios and see what they have to offer. So if you're looking for art of all kinds and in different mediums, this is the place to start. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Most artists, if not busy, will come over and explain some pieces and whatnot, very pleasant and informative. We wound up getting a few pieces from different artists, nice additions for our house. Prices vary, so there's something for everyone. Even if you're not in the market to buy, definitely go and check out what's all there, it's like going to museum of fine art.
The Arts District was cool, some really talented artists! The only complaint is the lack of variety, this is VERY paint heavy, with 80%+ (maybe even 90%) using paint medium. The highlights were certainly the glass blowing shop and the reflective sticker art.
A MUST see if ever in the area. I love the painted murals all over the River Arts District. Not only was it extremely creative but beautiful to look at. All the shops and buildings in this area are covered in graffiti style art. Great area to explore.
Loving this River Art District in Asheville! 😍. A hub of 300+ artists collective to meet, chat with and appreciate is such a unique experience! HOWEVER, the key locations to visit are scattered and without planning ahead, I accidentally walked 30,000+ steps in 4 hours! 😥 very tired indeed! So, NOTE for future visits: START the day with ULTRA Coffeebar (great coffee and breakfast), THEN park at WEDGE brewing company to visit the studios in its building (also because they open earlier), THEN drive to lunch at 12 BONES (best BBQ in town), visit the street arts, studios, Marquee and have a wine tasting at Plēb Urben Winery nearby before you MOVE to the other side of the railway - the studios on Depot st. near the Magnetic Theatre and, END the day with a meal at Vivian (make sure to reserve a table in advance for this small and special dinner place)! AND that would be a perfect day for River Art District! 👌
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