The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas -"Beautifully rendered paintings of nature, ourselves, and the imagined"

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Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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For a complete listing of all current exhibitions and ongoing art-related events, pick up a free copy of Mountain Xpress. The Asheville Citizen-Times also has current listings in “The Calendar” section of its Friday edition.

Mountain Xpress: A free weekly independent news, arts, and events newspaper for Western North Carolina. Excellent entertainment coverage, local commentary. P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-251-1333.

Located in Asheville, the Asheville Area Arts Council is a nonprofit umbrella service organization that represents the interests of more than 100 cultural and arts related groups. An excellent resource for people interested in the artistic life of Asheville, the Council conducts an annual united campaign for cultural endeavors each spring, issues grants, and is in partnership with many vital community organizations to promote and support the arts. The Arts Council has been instrumental in the resurgence of downtown Asheville as a vibrant cultural center. Gallery and offices located in the River Arts District. The Artery, 346 Depot Street., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-258-0710

Other local organizations in Asheville that can help answer any questions you might have about the art scene in the area are the Asheville Art League (P.O. Box 744, Asheville 28802) and the
Asheville Art Museum (828-253-3227).

River Arts District: While most of the galleries exist in the downtown Asheville area, the River Arts District, located on the French Broad River, is the newest artist hotspot. This former industrial and warehouse district now is home to hundreds of artists and crafts persons, many of whom open their studios to the public. Virtually all of the artist studios are open for the River District Studio Strolls, which are held two weekends every year in June and November. These Studio Strolls are free and most of the artist studios are within short walking distance. The River Arts District is defined clearly by small "River District" signs along the roads and streets and is easy to find.. To get to the River Arts District from Pack Square, go west on Patton Avenue and turn left on Clingman Avenue. Clingman Avenue takes you directly to the River Arts District. River Arts District on Facebook

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American Folk: Contemporary Southern folk art, North Carolina wood-fired pottery, custom picture frames and a generous helping of whimsy, exuberance and inspiration.  64 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-281-2134

Asheville Art Museum: Ongoing exhibits of local and nationally known artists. The museum’s permanent collection features 100 years worth of images, including those of America’s acclaimed impressionists, regionalists and abstract artists. 2 South Pack Sq., Asheville NC 28801; 828-253-3227.

Asheville Gallery of Art: Top quality original paintings by local artists. Cooperative artist-run gallery. 16 College St., Asheville NC 28801; 828-251-5796.

Black Bird Frame & Art Custom framing and original art by local, regional artists in a variety of media.365 Merrimon Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-225-3117

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is an exhibition space and resource center dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world's most acclaimed experimental educational community. 56 Broadway, Asheville NC 28801, 828-350-8484.

Blue Spiral 1: Features changing shows of sculptures and paintings. Oils, pastels, mixed media and watercolor. More than 11,000 square feet of gallery space. World-class gallery. 38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828- 251-0202.

Cherry Orchard Studio: Online art gallery of Lee James Pantas. Prints, note cards and original pen & ink drawings of Asheville, Hendersonville and the Western North Carolina Mountains. 828-779-1569

Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center: The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Asheville through the exhibition of established and emerging artists from all over the world. 109 Roberts Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-2166.

Frame it to a T: Custom framing and design at a reasonable price. Named one of the best frame shops in America by Framerselect. 1103 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-665-7730.

Gallery Asheville: Fine art by local artists. 8 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-669-2787

Grand Bohemian Gallery: Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village and other luxury Kessler Collection Hotels throughout the country. Contemporary painting, art glass, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. 11 Boston Way, Asheville NC 28803, 828-274-1242

Kress Emporium: Original crafts and art by local artists and craftspeople as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories. 19 Patton Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-281-2252.

Momentum Art Gallery: Contemporary and modern art in 4000 sq. ft gallery space. 24 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-505-8550

Studio B: One of Asheville's premier framing store and art galleries. Museum, conservation and shadowbox framing by Patti Bell (over 40 years of framing experience). Also original art by regional, national and international artists. 61N. Lexington Avenue, #109 Asheville NC 28804, 828-225-5200

The Bender Gallery: One of Asheville's premier studio art glass galleries and its largest on two sun filled levels. 12 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-933-5530.

The Complete Naturalist:  Biltmore Village gallery representing local as well as internationally-known nature artists that include Carl Brenders, Robert Bateman, Bev Doolittle, Charles Frace, Charley Harper, Terry Isaac, Roger Tory Peterson, and John James Audubon. 2 Brook Street, Asheville NC 28802, 828-274-5430.

The Haen Gallery: The Haen Gallery is committed to providing access to stunning and unique artwork fof discerning collectors and the local community in general. 52 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-8577.  

The Updraft: Art gallery and jewelry store. 84 Walnut Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-585-2112

University of North Carolina Galleries: The University has two galleries located in Owen Hall, Second Floor Gallery and University Gallery, that have monthly exhibitions. UNCA, Owen Hall, One University Heights, Asheville NC 28804, 828-251-6559.

Woolworth Walk: Over 150 artists and artisans selling and making jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts in its nearly 20,000 square foot air-conditioned quality display and studio space. 25 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-9234.


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