If you would like to explore North Carolina’s thriving art scene, then you must visit Black Mountain Center for the Arts! Just a short drive from Asheville in the beautifully renovated Old City Hall, this historic landmark has so much to offer. Guests can enjoy public exhibits, concerts, theatres, festivals, special events, classes and more. No matter what time of year you visit, there is something for everyone all year round!
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is just one of many must-see attractions near Asheville and Chimney Rock, NC. Be sure to download our complimentary vacation guide to view a complete list of art galleries, museums, and historic landmarks. The guide is full of information about places to eat and things to see and do during your NC mountain getaway.
Enjoy Year-Round Fun at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Whether you are planning to visit in the spring, summer, winter, or fall, no NC mountain getaway is complete without a stop at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Here are some of the best things to do at this community non-profits art facility:
1.Browse the Gallery
The Black Mountain Center For The Art’s mission is to “bring arts to the people and people to the arts.” When you browse through the Gallery, you’ll find an extensive selection of thought-provoking pieces. The changing exhibits feature everything from contemporary to traditional works of art, including paintings, ceramics, pottery, and more.
2. Enjoy Clay Classes
Do you want to try your hand at pottery? From hand-building to wheel throwing, you can learn how to make incredible clay masterpieces at the Black Mountain facility. Their Community Clay Studio offers a wide array of classes for adults. Your experienced instructor will take you through the entire process with step-by-step instructions. Because the classes are so popular, the spots tend to fill up fast. Make sure to register online or at the BMCA office if you are interested in signing up!
3. Learn Something New
In addition to clay classes, you can sign up for a variety of other classes to get those creative juices flowing. From dance and painting to writing and Asian paper-making, there are a variety of classes for both children and adults. Unwind with a relaxing yoga class, learn how to play the harp, or take a creative movement class. If you can dream it, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts probably has it!
4. Catch a Performance at the Black Mountain Theater
Black Mountain’s Front Porch Theater is currently in their 5th season of producing high-quality theater for the public. If you plan to visit the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, make sure to get your tickets to the latest smash-hit comedy show, play, or musical! Past productions include “Freud’s Last Session” and “Steel Magnolias,” and you won’t want to miss their upcoming production of “It’s a Wonderful Life!”
5. Attend a Concert or Event
In addition to plays, the organization presents several concerts and other exciting events throughout the year. Summer Camps are offered each summer in June, July, and August. They also host an Auction for the Arts in the Spring and holiday performances during the wintertime. And their 3-day Black Mountain Art in Bloom is one of the most popular flowers and art shows around.
Other Art Galleries Near Asheville and Chimney Rock
Asheville and the surrounding area is filled with many other amazing art galleries, theatres, and museums. Plan to stay several days so you can see a few of them! Here are some of our favorites to get you started:
- Lexington Glassworks
- Asheville Art Museum
- River Arts District
- Grovewood Gallery
- Artistry of the Southern Highland Craft Guild
- Asheville Community Theatre
- Asheville Pinball Museum
Book Your Stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!
After a fun-filled day at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, we invite you to come stay at our Chimney Rock Inn. The Esmeralda Inn is just minutes from all the best area attractions in Asheville and Chimney Rock. Each of our rooms and cabins features top-notch amenities with all the comforts of home. No matter which of our accommodations you choose, you can enjoy endless relaxation and serene mountain views.
On-site amenities include an outdoor patio, a spacious Game Room, and more. You can start off each morning with a complimentary hot breakfast to send you on your way. Then, come join us for a meal at our fabulous on-site restaurant. Be sure to check our newest specials and book your stay today! We look forward to seeing you soon!