Spring Studio Stroll
May 20th and 21st from 10am to 5pm
The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Spring Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to see and collect amazing art in their studios and galleries. There is no better time to meet our artists and watch live demonstrations!
We are a diverse group of more than 220 working artists in studios and galleries housed in 22 former factories and historical buildings nestled along a mile-long stretch of the French Broad River. Many studios, showrooms, and galleries are open every day, all year round. You can discover works in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, paper, glass, wax, and more!
Getting to the River Arts District is easy (Here's a map!). Take advantage of ample parking and hop aboard one of our free trolleys running throughout the Studio Stroll Weekend.
Come for the opportunity to take home that special artistic treasure made and sold by the artists you meet here. Start your collection today!
1. What should I expect to find in the RAD?
Explore the website or download & look through the Studio Guide. You can find the guide at the Chamber of Commerce, most large hotels, area B&B's and in all the buildings that are part of the River Arts District (aka RAD)
2. When are you open?
More than 200 artists work in the RAD and they all keep individual schedules and studio hours. There are no official "Open Hours" for the River Arts District, but at any given time throughout the year, you will find a plethora of open studios and galleries. If you are coming to see someone in particular, your best bet is to check in with them before your visit. Do it here, online via our search feature, or check the Studio Guide. You can also check out our Calendar, Twitter and Facebook for RAD happenings.
3. How do I get to the RAD?
Check out the Map. Don’t worry about meters! Parking in the district is free. You can park on the street or in designated lots outside of studios (marked in grey on the Map).
4. Are there places to eat in the RAD?
Yes! Come hungry (and thirsty!) There are restaurants, cafes and a brewery all here in the district! (Look for the knife, fork and cup symbols marked in grey on the Map).
5. Can I ship my purchases to my home?
Most artists are happy to pack and ship your purchases. Don’t be afraid to ask.
6. Can I take pictures in the studios and galleries?
You should always consult the artist or gallery before you take pictures.
7. Where are the bathrooms?
Most buildings have restrooms and the artists are happy to share. It's generally considered rude, however, to use the restroom without even looking at the art in the building.
9. I’m an artist interested in space in the district. Who do I contact?
You can contact individual building owners or managers of the buildings when you visit. Artists are usually happy to share their knowledge of any openings. Otherwise check on Craigslist - Asheville.
10. When's the best time to come to the RAD?
Anytime you can get here with time to really explore is a good time! Our artists are local and work year-round. If you want to come for the most open studios, come during our bi-annual Studio Strolls (3rd full weekend in May & 2nd full weekend in November) - not only are the studios open, but we provide free trolley service throughout the district! Note: Studio Strolls are full of people, leaving less ability to interact one-on-one with the artists.
For more information, email us at RiverArtsDistrict@gmail.com or call (828) 552-4RAD
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