12 Ways to Stay Safely Tapped in to the Local Art Scene

It’s still easy to enjoy local art—from the safety of home! For many of our mountain communities, the arts have led the way in the revitalization of main streets and neighborhood centers. Art studios, galleries, and museums reflect the character of their communities through exhibits of local artists, regular events, classes, and training. But right […]

12 Galleries that Showcase the Best Local Art in Downtown Hendersonville

Western North Carolina’s many local art galleries have created exciting downtown destinations for artists and art lovers alike. But more importantly, art spaces add new life and a sense of identity to our neighborhoods. Across the state of North Carolina, $2 billion in new investment has been made to our state’s main streets over the […]

Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery Brings New Meaning to Going with the Flow

It’s a rainy morning in the depths of the River Arts District (RAD). Inside the cozy artisan studios and large warehouses are hundreds of creative minds milling about: painters, sculptors, glass blowers, metalsmiths, and beyond. With a stream of vehicles splashing through large puddles near the roundabout, acclaimed abstract painter Mark Bettis sits in his […]

Agents Answer: What’s the Best Performance Venue in WNC?

There’s always something exciting to see in Western North Carolina! In the many arts-focused communities around the region, an active lifestyle includes plenty of opportunities for live performances. From street buskers to independent plays to the biggest names in entertainment, it’s easy to fill your calendar with things to do and shows to see. But […]

4 Colorful Stories about the Asheville Art Museum

For 70 years, the Asheville Art Museum has supported local, regional, and national artists, as well as tens of thousands of visitors who engage with fine art through the institution each year. Now, with recent renovations nearly complete, the museum is poised to be a downtown landmark for generations to come. The Asheville Art Museum […]

8 Places in WNC that Prove that Art Should be Accessible to All

There has always been a rich atmosphere of creation throughout Western North Carolina. The Appalachian mountains have a storied history of handmade crafts, ranging from weaving to woodworking, pottery to jewelry. Fine artists have been attracted to the area for more than a century, as well. Innovative artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, […]

Angela Alexander has Found an Artist’s Best Friend

When you step into the studio of painter Angela Alexander, you are immediately awestruck by the bright and vibrant nature of her pieces, a style that seamlessly complements her warm personality. “I want my art to make people happy—it’s the heart and soul,” she said. “It’s a joy to watch people walk into my studio […]

From Their Hands: Western North Carolina’s Crafting Tradition

Using your hands to make what you need or desire has long been a regular practice among the creative minds and curious spirits of Western North Carolina. If you can’t find it or afford it, you build it. This region has a storied history of handmade crafts, ranging from weaving to woodworking, pottery to jewelry. […]

Picking a Path: Blue Ridge Music Trails of Western North Carolina

It was over a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council launched the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a wide-ranging and vital initiative that came to fruition in 2013. Encompassing 29 counties in Western North […]