Asheville NC Top 20 Art Galleries

Top 20 Asheville Art Galleries

Art galleries in the Asheville area abound! Did you know that western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in our Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover hundreds of art galleries and artist studios to browse. While downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries (25+ of them), you'll find a variety of art and craft galleries in Biltmore Village and in many of the quaint small towns. (Pic above: Bender Gallery)

Our favorite place to explore art is the River Arts District, located near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. This industrial riverside area has become the home to 185 artists in 25 buildings - making a great treasure hunt! See artists at work and buy directly from them. See much more in our River Arts District Guide.

If you enjoy events that feature many artists this year, see our Top 80 Asheville & WNC Festivals & Tours.

Asheville Area Art Galleries

Momentum Art Gallery, Asheville
Momentum Art Gallery
See spectacular contemporary art from artists in western North Carolina and throughout the United States - browsing is welcome in this downtown gallery. 24 North Lexington
Gallery of the Mountains
Gallery of the Mountains
Located inside The Omni Grove Park Inn, this gallery features American handmade crafts by more than 100 local and regional artists of the Southern Appalachians. Be sure to visit their sister shop, Grovewood Gallery, located across the street in Grovewood Village. 290 Macon Avenue.
Grovewood Gallery
Grovewood Gallery
A locally-owned destination for fine American-made art and craft – celebrating 25 years! This gallery features rotating exhibitions, an impressive second-floor studio furniture collection, outdoor sculpture gardens and working artist studios. Located in Grovewood Village adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Free on-site parking. 111 Grovewood Rd.
Lexington Glassworks, Asheville
Lexington Glassworks
Watch glassblowers at work and see their amazing creations on display in their working studio in downtown Asheville. Their taproom features local beer in hand-blown glasses! Open 7 days. No glassblowing on Tuesdays. 81 South Lexington Avenue.  
Village Potters, Asheville
The Village Potters
A must-stop in the River Arts District, meet six very accomplished artists and watch them at work. Buy contemporary art in three galleries. Be a potter for an afternoon with their hands-on workshop.
310 Art Gallery
310 ART Gallery
See the work of 25 local artists in this large gallery in the River Arts District featuring contemporary painting, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and photography. Plus, see studios of five resident artists working and demonstrating daily. And take a big variety of workshops. Open Monday-Saturday. 191 Lyman Street. 
Ariel Gallery
Ariel Gallery
Owned and operated by the artists, this downtown Asheville gallery is a premier showcase for handmade jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, fiber, glass, woodwork and furniture. Meet and purchase directly from local artists. 19 Biltmore Avenue. 
Bender Glass Gallery, Asheville
Bender Gallery
Visit western North Carolina's top contemporary fine art gallery specializing in museum quality glass sculpture by US and international artists. They curate an ever changing collection of exquisite glass sculpture as well as select works in other media. 29 Biltmore Ave, downtown Asheville
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Nationally-recognized artist Jonas Gerard, known for his large, vibrant, paintings, works in his 5,000 sq. ft. studio/gallery. Enter a world of color and find abstracts, landscapes, sculptures, artistic gifts and more. River Arts District at 240 Clingman Avenue.
New Morning Gallery
New Morning Gallery
This 13,000-sq. ft. gallery represents 500 American artists with hand-crafted furniture, home accessories, pottery, glass, jewelry, garden sculpture and other imaginative gifts. Located in Biltmore Village at 7 Boston Way. 
Folk Art Center
Folk Art Center
Art lovers should not miss the Folk Art Center. It showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians and includes rotating exhibits, live demonstrations and a large gallery shop. Free admission. 8 miles from downtown. Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 382 near the US 70 intersection.
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Get a behind-the-scenes look inside artist studios in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. These small, intimate, artist-led walking tours last about two hours. They also offer custom, hands-on and VIP art tours. 
River Arts District
River Arts District
Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
St Claire Art
St Claire Art
At this must-stop studio in River Arts District (344 Depot Street, #104), watch Stephen create brilliant paintings that come to life with intense color and contrast. His fascinating “Dialuminism” process allows light to pass through layers of paint, reflecting off metal. Open Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM.
Susan Marie Designs
Susan Marie Designs
Award-winning jewelry designer and goldsmith Susan Marie Phipps works with the finest natural color gemstones, diamonds and pearls. Enjoy seeing Susan’s collection of elegant creations at her gallery/studio. 19 Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Blue Spiral 1
Blue Spiral 1
A must-stop for art lovers with three floors of fantastic contemporary fine art and craft. An extensive exhibition schedule, presenting 15 shows annually, often featuring 4-5 simultaneously within various venues inside the gallery. 38 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville Gallery of Art
Asheville Gallery of Art
Discover a wide variety of beautiful and interesting paintings created by 31 local artists in downtown Asheville's oldest art gallery, celebrating 30 years. Artist-run cooperative. Open 7 days. 82 Patton Ave, Capital Center
Jackson County Energy Park
Jackson County Green Energy Park
Tour this fascinating arts facility that is powered by methane gas captured from the old town landfill, providing heat for blacksmith forges, metal foundry, glassblowing, greenhouses and heating. Their gallery features art made on-site.
Stecoah Valley Art Center
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center ​
Tucked away in small village near Fontana Lake and Nantahala River is an amazing gallery that showcases the work of 180+ area artists and hosts a great summer concert series. Many artist studios nearby.
Penland School of Craft NC
Penland School of Craft
Take a tour or sign up for a class at this internationally-known school for art and craft, tucked away in the mountains near Spruce Pine. Their multiple galleries are free to visit with amazing works created by students and teachers.

 

 

In 2018, Asheville celebrates the long history of glassblowing in western North Carolina. Watch artists at work, tour galleries and see the amazing creations. (Pic above: Lexington Glassworks) ... read more
Meander through the scenic mountain valleys to visit 50+ artists in their studios and galleries. Get the tour map and drive country roads to visit as many of the studios as you want. It's a... read more
310 ART Painting StudioLocated in the River Arts District, 310 ART is just two miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate. It is the oldest and most respected art... read more
September 15, 2018
This juried arts and crafts festival fills Main Street in tiny Weaverville, just 7 miles north of Asheville. From 10 AM until 6 PM, the Art in... read more
Find colorful murals throughout Asheville, thanks to many talented artists. And, they are free to enjoy! Murals have beautified otherwise conventional and bleak urban architecture, each having a... read more