Asheville‘s River Arts District will be holding their bi-annual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll for the 19th year on November 9th and 10th. The River Arts District is located along the French Broad River, only minutes from the downtown area.
The event takes place in a unique area where more than 180 artists display their work in 19 historic industrial buildings. Visitors will find plenty of parking and catch the free trolley at Riverview Station. It runs every 15 minutes and stops at several locations throughout the district.
An information booth will be located at the intersection of Depot Street to assist guest. The River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll features a wide range of artistic talent from sculpture and paintings to fired pottery.
River Arts District Studio Stroll Events
Guests will have the opportunity to get a closer look as artists in the River Arts District open their doors to the public. There will be demonstrations and classes as well as children’s events. Visitors will find handcrafted items made by local artists.
Many treasures will be discovered while browsing the studios and shops. For those looking for a unique gift item for friends or family, this is the ideal place. The River Arts District will provide visitors an exciting display of the creative process behind arts such as glass blowing, wheel throwing and wood turning.
The River Arts District is comprised of numerous galleries, working artist studios, a brewery, restaurants, a music venue, performing arts venues, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of tasty food and beverage and delight in live entertainment.
Artists will provide demonstrations in a variety of mediums. For example, Jeff Pittman will perform an oil painting demonstration at 352 Depot Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Hands-on floor-loom weaving demonstrations for children and adults will be held at Desert Moon Designs/Sutherland Handweaving Studio on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
They will also demonstrate the hand felting process on Saturday from 11 am until 3 pm. Cotton Mill Studios will show visitors how to make pots from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Live music will also be provided. Odyssey ClayWorks will demonstrate t throwing and hand building from 12 pm until 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will get to paint their own raku.
Children’s activities will also be included. These are a just a few examples of the many artists and activities participating in the event. Other exemplary displays of artistic expertise will include jewelry designing, chair caning, sculpture and wood and stone carving.
Preparing for the Studio Stroll
The studio hours will vary depending on the artist. Downloading the event calendar will allow visitors to determine the studio hours of each artist. Reading the RAD blog and visiting their Facebook page will also keep guests informed of local events.
Visitors can also research the artists to locate those they are most interested in or who work with a specific type of medium they would prefer. If planning to visit a particular artist, visitors should call ahead to make sure they will be open.
Wear comfortable shoes to make the walking tour more pleasant. Most studios are accessible by car but there are many shops to browse through. Guests should be sure to bring the children. This is a family friendly event.
Parking is free and is available along the streets or in designated lots. Come prepared to enjoy some of the appetizing dishes and thirst quenching beverages of the many cafes and restaurants of the River Arts District.