River Arts District FAQs

What should I expect to find in the RAD?

Explore our 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).

When are you open?

More than 280 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 multitude 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.

How do I get to the RAD?

Check out the Map. Also, the pole banners you’ll see along the roads have background colors (red, green, purple, blue, orange) that correspond with the interactive map on this site, and also with the building colors and page headers in the printed Studio Guide. 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 Studio Guide Map).

Are there places to eat in the RAD?

Yes! Come hungry (and thirsty!) There are restaurants, cafes and several breweries all here in the district! (Look for the knife, fork and cup symbols marked in grey on the studio guide map.)

Can I ship my purchases to my home?

Most artists are happy to pack and ship your purchases. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Can I take pictures in the studios and galleries?

You should always consult the artist or gallery before you take pictures.

Where are the bathrooms?

Most buildings have restrooms and the artists are happy to share. There is also a public restroom at 8 River Arts Place, open daily from dawn to dusk.

Is there bus service to the River Arts District?

Yes! The W1 and W2 buses both offer service to and from the district. Find more information at www.ridetheart.com.

I’m an artist interested in space in the district. Whom 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.

When’s the best time to come to the RAD?

Anytime daytime is a good time! Many studios are open 11-5, and some from 10-6. Artists work year round and often you will find a studio opened earlier or later than the posted hours or days. It is an adventure every day.

Every Saturday is a big day in the district! Most studios are open and on the Second Saturday of each month you can even ride the free trolley to each building, see demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. In November our annual Studio Stroll is held on the Second Saturday and Sunday of the month, with studios often open longer hours.

Check out the Studio Guide for open days and hours for each gallery/studio to find individual artists and the art you would like to collect. You can also check our Who’s Open? page.