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River Arts District, Asheville

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#2 of 11 in Neighborhoods in North Carolina
Neighborhood Art Gallery
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. A visit to River Arts District represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Asheville vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • There are a variety of styles and mediums here...painting, pottery, jewelry, textiles. My husband bought a small clay vase. I think the only negative would be the prices, which generally seemed on the...  more »
  • Too much pottery - some of it is pretty darn ugly. Bldgs. are waaay too spread out but with traffic and parking forget about driving from one to another. Much is overpriced for what you get (in my opi...  more »
  • We didn't get here till our last day. Would have liked to spend more time here. Art is more modern. Also jewelry, porcelain, pottery, and wood working. Artists are working here so very interesting. Bu...  more »

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