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 […]

The Law of Attraction: Original Entertainment at the Magnetic Theatre

Stepping into 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District of Asheville, there’s an odd, yet welcoming, energy in the air. You leave the busy sidewalk, only to navigate through the joyously decorated hallways until you enter The Magnetic Theatre. “This is one of the loveliest black box theatres in the world,” Steven Samuels said. […]

Asheville Running Collective Builds Community through Weekly Runs

It’s late afternoon in the River Arts District section of Asheville. The early fall sunshine radiates from bluebird skies above. And while most cars filling up the enormous dirt parking lot at the Wedge Brewery are there for a fresh handmade craft beer, several vehicles pull up at the far end of the property. Dozens […]

The Impact of Local Art Galleries in WNC

Art impacts how we perceive and interpret culture. Western North Carolina’s many 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. “All the galleries of downtown Waynesville bring a tremendous amount to the community. We have […]

Agents Answer: Where is the Best Place to See Original WNC Art?

Western North Carolina has a long and rich history of various arts and crafts. From traditional Cherokee rivercane baskets, made for thousands of years, to innovative multimedia art from the area’s newest residents, there is an overwhelming amount of art to experience. If you’re not sure where to start your journey of discovery, our Beverly-Hanks […]

River Arts District is a Commercial Real Estate Jewel

A rising jewel of the Southern Appalachian art scene is the River Arts District, a small but vibrant commercial section sandwiched between downtown and West Asheville. Decades ago, the River Arts District may well have been called the River Industrial District. The area sits low along the French Broad River and train line, which made […]

Inspiration (and Great Craft Beer!) Flows in the River Arts District

  A rising jewel of the Southern Appalachian art scene is the River Arts District, a small but vibrant commercial section sandwiched between downtown and West Asheville. The district is an ever-expanding complex of studios and galleries near the French Broad River that’s also becoming one of Asheville’s culinary and entertainment hubs. There are many […]

Asheville’s Local Arts in the Washington Post!

Washington Post reporter Christina Talcott has just posted an article about her trip to Asheville and the things that loved the most about being here. It is clear that she enjoyed the music and the overall friendly and involved community that all together makes Asheville what it is. The first part of her post draws […]