Art in Asheville will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including an Asheville art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Asheville
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Asheville you can head to:
- Asheville Art Museum at 2 S Pack Sq
- Folk Art Center at 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy
- Blue Spiral at 38 Biltmore Ave
- Momentum Gallery at 52 Broadway St
- 310 Art at 191 Lyman St #310
- Ariel Gallery at 19 Biltmore Ave
- Asheville Gallery Of Art at 82 Patton Ave #2803
- Benjamin Walls Gallery at 38 Broadway St
- Bender Gallery at 29 Biltmore Ave
- The Haen Gallery at 52 Biltmore Ave
- Odyssey Coop Gallery at 238 Clingman Ave
Asheville Art Museum is open from 11am to 6pm every day but Tuesday and they stay open until 9pm on Thursday with close to 6,000 total works in their collection plus they have educational programs for all ages. You may also want to visit their social events with interactive art-related activities in your area that provide delicious drinks and tasty treats each third Thursday of the month.
Blue Spiral does full art consulting and installation services for commercial and residential spaces from 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday through Tuesday.
Those who want to learn more can check out the private lessons at 310 Art which is open from 11am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday.
The Asheville Gallery of Art is open from 11am to 6pm daily as the longest-established local fine arts gallery displaying over 500 original works of fine art in a variety of styles and media.
Benjamin Walls Gallery opens at 10am daily and has received seven international awards and placed five exhibits at the Smithsonian and if you want to sell a piece of art or get some consultation they can also provide that.
Private viewings are available at Bender Art Gallery which is open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday and has been exhibiting contemporary fine art and sculpture for nearly two decades. They can even provide art consulting for private clients, businesses, designers, architects, and builders.
The Haen Gallery is another place to find art consultation and they are open from 11am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday plus if you buy any of their art they will deliver it and install it for you.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best local stores to buy art supplies and materials are:
- Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff at 829 Riverside Dr #120
- Mountain Glass at 191 Lyman St #400
- Earth Guild at 33 Haywood St
- Michaels at 111 – A River Hills Rd
- Joann at 80 S Tunnel Rd Ste 30
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff has received the American Watercolor Society’s Dolphin Award and they have a very liberal 365-day return policy.
Shows & Events
Some of the top art shows and events in your area would be:
- Hot Works Asheville
- Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair
- Fringe Arts Festival
- Second Saturdays River Arts District
- First Friday Art Walk
The Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show was voted as one of the top 100 art shows in America and you might find as many as 150 renowned Juried Artists at their event held each October in Pack Square Park.
At the Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair they will have over a hundred artists showing off their new pieces each August.
Every January you can head to the Fringe Arts Festival which is great for culturally adventurous audiences.
On the Second Saturday of each month the River Arts District has gallery walks, workshops, live music, wine tastings, delicious food, and more. Expect there to be more than 250 artists in the 22 buildings throughout the district open during this monthly event to describe and sometimes demonstrate their techniques and share their inspirations.
You can also go to the First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of each month from April through December from 5pm to 8pm in the Downtown Art District.
And remember the Asheville Art Museum has their popular Third Thursday event every month.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to find a new piece for your collection or when you want to know how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
Village Antiques can help with auction representation to those clients who are interested in purchasing a piece but don’t have a lot of auction experience. They also have a confidential alternative to estate sales or auctions that is much faster and gives greater privacy.
Brunk Auctions provide evaluations and will give an estimate on what they think a sale price could be.
The Folk Art Center, Blue Spiral, Momentum Gallery, 310 Art, Ariel Gallery, Asheville Gallery of Art, and Benjamin Walls Gallery from our best galleries and museumes list also sell art in your area.
What is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some cool local art at:
River Arts District holds gallery walks on the Second Saturday of each month from 10am to 6pm.
The First Friday Art Walk is located at the Downtown Art District on the first Friday of each month from April through December from 5pm to 8pm.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice statues and sculptures around town like:
- Past and Promise Sculpture at 121 College St
- Shopping Daze Sculpture at 85-99 W Walnut St
- Asheville Iron Sculpture at 6 Battery Park Ave #4
- Ray Charnell Metal Art at 26 Foundy St
The Past and Promise Sculpture is also known as Childhood and was created by sculptor James Barnhill and can be found in Pack Square.
The Shopping Daze Sculpture was created back in 1999.
You can also head to the Asheville Iron Sculpture located near the Pritchard Park Drum Circle and the Pinball Museum as this great piece of art near you was created by Reed Todd and installed in 1997.
Asheville Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you have some options. Some of the best Asheville art schools and classes in your area can be found at:
- Jan’s Art Academy at 3 Homewood Dr
- Roots + Wings School of Art and Design at 573 Fairview Rd
- Odyssey ClayWorks at 236 Clingman Ave Ext
- Painting with a Twist at 2 Town Square Blvd #150
- Wine & Design at 117 Sweeten Creek Rd
Jan’s Art Academy provides local art classes for all ages while also offering summer camps with lessons for kids ages 5 to 14 years old.
Roots + Wings School of Art and Design also has art lessons for all ages including a Visual Arts Preschool program for children ages 3 to 6 years plus anyone can sign up for private lessons there.
A great place to find art classes near you is Odyssey ClayWorks which has pottery classes and ceramics workshops for adults and children both day and night. It was even voted one of the best places to learn a in WNC in the Mountain Xpress readers poll four years in a row.
The Paint and Sip parties at Wine & Design are a lot of fun with day and night classes available.
Our last places to mention for where to find classes or lessons are the Asheville Art Museum and 310 Art from our initial list.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these art studios:
310 from the best galleries and museums list is another place to rent Asheville art studios.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Asheville are:
- Black Bird Frame & Art at 365 Merrimon Ave
- Frugal Framer at 95 Cherry St N
- Frame It Asheville at 1829 Hendersonville Rd
- American Folk Art & Framing at 64 Biltmore Ave
- Frame It to a T at 1025 Brevard Rd #9
Black Bird Framing & Art has some of the best certified picture framers around and can handle delivery, installation, and consultation.
You can get art restoration done by an experienced painter with 40+ years of experience working with all mediums at Frame It Asheville who can also help with DIY framing for local artists.
Frame It to a T offers pretty much everything you could need from restoration to consultation to helping you choose a beautiful frame.
Cheap Joe’s, Michaels, and Joann from our art supply stores list also do framing.
If you were interested we also have posts on:
- Everything About Art In Charlotte
- Everything About Art In Greensboro
- Everything About Art In Atlanta
- Everything About Art In Raleigh
Have Fun Enjoying The Asheville Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
Those who are still reading this probably love the art in your area as much as we do. If so do us all a favor and share your own local tips or tell us if we got anything wrong.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Asheville art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.