Did you know that Western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in the Blue Ridge Mountains! The city of Asheville is also a mecca for artwork, with dozens of galleries scattered throughout downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, the River Arts District, and beyond. Whether you enjoy fine art, photography, sculpture, or woodwork, Asheville art galleries have something for everyone. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Top 5 Asheville Art Galleries
1. Blue Spiral 1
Blue Spiral 1 is a large three-floor gallery located in the heart of downtown Asheville. It presents over 15 shows annually and features contemporary works by over 100 Southeastern artists. Blue Spiral also represents the estate of Will Henry Stevens, an early 20th-century modernist inspired by spirituality in nature. His highly regarded oils and pastels are featured in over 40 museum collections throughout the United States, including an area in the gallery’s upper level.
2. New Morning Gallery
Situated in historic Biltmore Village, New Morning Gallery displays a delightful collection of decorative and functional crafts. Pieces made by both national and local artisans can be found within the 13,500 square foot space. Visitors can explore a variety of collections including ceramics, furniture, glass, and more.
3. Grovewood Gallery
Enter the iron gates of Grovewood Gallery and discover a magical blend of art, history, and Old World charm! Known as one of the nation’s premier galleries, Grovewood offers beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, a working artist’s studio, and an expansive collection of fine American crafts. The gallery sits in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries in North Asheville.
4. Woolworth Walk
Want to browse local art while sipping a milkshake? Head to Woolworth Walk in the F.W. Woolworth Building. This gallery showcases everything from jewelry and apparel to pottery and fine art, all made by local Asheville artists. It even has an Old Fashioned Soda Fountain with many of its original menu items. Be sure to try an old fashioned ice cream soda – you can thank us later!
5. Folk Art Center
The Folk Art Center in east Asheville showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. Guests may browse the Eastern National bookstore, Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, three art galleries, a library, and a craft shop. Don’t miss the fascinating live craft demonstrations offered daily in the lobby!
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