2021 is the year to try something new and get creative. Chris Bainbridge has found some fantastic gems that explore creativity, education, and fun. This week, Bainbridge takes you to a hub as energetic and eclectic as anywhere in the Carolinas. This place is an Asheville enclave that’s home to artists and artisans of incredibly diverse skill sets. And it’s totally rad.
The River Arts District is a collection of over 20 former industrial buildings sprinkled along the French Broad River. More than 200 artists work in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, wood, paper, and more. Ingles is proud to be a big sponsor of the studio stroll events.
Here are three of the studios that offer a taste of what River Arts District has to offer.
First up is Foundation Woodworks, a collection of artists that share studio space, equipment, and a passion for creativity. The gallery has everything from small gifts like wooden jewelry and kitchen items to beautiful custom furniture and sculptures.
One of the great things about the River Arts District is that you get to see art in action. Watching a piece take shape and transform from the raw material into an heirloom-quality keepsake is something special to behold.
Just up the road, the three CURVE Studios buildings are home to 12 artists who work in media, jewelry, clay, ceramics, and more. It’s incredible to see these artists at work and see the evolution from raw material to the finished product with your very eyes.
Another one of the impressive things about the River Arts District is the intersection of ancient buildings and the pop of art that adorns them. The graffiti is embraced as contributing to the feel of the district, while Instagram-worthy murals adorn many of the studio spaces, as well.
The last stop of the day is to the North Carolina Glass Center, a non-profit, public access glass studio that showcases the work of various artists. Here, you will see fire, metal, and color combine to create incredible artworks.
One of the best things about the North Carolina Glass Center and many of the places that call the River Arts District home is that they are all about education and involvement. So, you can take classes and join in on the fun. There’s a world of information waiting for you at RiverArtsDistrict.com.
Plan your visit, step out of your comfort zone, and step into a world of art.
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