River Arts District in Asheville

Asheville’s River Arts District is an excellent place for both art lovers and tourists to explore. Rich in history and world-class talent, discover over 200 artists in 22 different studios, set amongst the city's favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries.

The River Arts District is located near downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, along the French Broad River in a former industrial neighborhood.

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The now renovated warehouses provide the perfect lighting and backdrop for the artists to create their magic. Today the RAD flourishes with local talent pouring into its studios at lightning speed. While there, take the time to meet the artists behind the work and learn their process.

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Consumers interested in adding fine art pieces to their collections will have some tough decisions between RAD’s many selections. Meanwhile, the art galleries are filled with an array of pieces from paintings, pottery, and jewelry to glass and metal works. The artists’ exhibits cover a broad spectrum of talent and price ranges.

Some more eclectic exhibits showcase work with fiber and textiles to basketry, clay, ceramics, and pottery. Other demonstrations stage bookbinding and mixed media artwork, which uses more than one medium, assembling collages involving paint, cloth, paper, wood and other objects.

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River Arts District is also home to some great restaurants such as All Souls Pizza, Bones Smokehouse, GRIND Coffee and the Grey Eagle Taqueria, to name a few. The Wedge Brewing Company has two locations in the River Arts District. Also, the New Belgium Brewery is just across the river.

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One section of the River Arts District called the ‘blue zone’ is near the Riverview Station, a two-story building that dates back to 1902 and is now filled with painters, jewelers and photographers. Also, visitors should stop by the Foundation, a collection of old warehouses covered in huge graffiti murals.

River Arts District is open every day. Check the website for unique events like the Fall Studio Stroll and other special exhibits.


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