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 […]

Locals Explain Everything You Need to Know about Black Mountain

Nestled at the eastern edge of Buncombe County, Black Mountain is colloquially known as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina.” This Swannanoa Valley community has long welcomed travelers into the region who climb over the Swannanoa Pass into WNC. Today, the historic small town still prides itself on its sense of community and friendly […]

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 […]

2019 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

Summer weather is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the activities of summer come to an end this weekend. Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the season: Vacations have been had. Children are back in school. There is a slight lull in tourism across Western North […]

3 Reasons Why Hot Springs is an Awesome Girls Weekend Destination

Nestled along the French Broad River, the mountain resort town of Hot Springs is home to about 600 people. However, like the ebb and flow of the river, the town’s numbers swell with visitors seeking relaxation and recreation. The area has been popular with couples and families for centuries. But today, women are also flowing […]

5 Awesome Attractions within 5 Minutes of Haw Creek

Just to the east of Downtown Asheville is the scenic neighborhood of Haw Creek. Named for the majestic valley where it lies, homes within Haw Creek are surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains. The neighborhood is crisscrossed by trails, yet is still conveniently located near one of Asheville’s main centers of commerce along […]

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 […]