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River Arts District

Asheville, NC
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Ranked #22 of 84 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
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Charleston, SC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Asheville is known to be a center for artists and their art, and the River Arts District is one of art's central locations in the city. If you're looking for something specific, you may or may not find it (as with any art conclave, I expect). Many of the artists do pottery, for example, but if you're looking for scenic... More

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Athens, Al
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

There are many wonderful artists and studios in the River Arts District. They are spread over several streets and somewhat hard to identify as studios. Take a River Arts District map. This is an old warehouse district and a great place for renewed spaces such as art studios. Be prepared to walk along roadsides, very few sidewalks. Better yet, drive... More

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Yorktown, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The River Arts District just keeps growing. The diversity is phenomenal. Parking is the biggest issue. If you can find a space, you're better off walking to the various buildings within a given area. Well worth the trip!

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Dalton, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Each gallery is pretty hit or miss. I only saw a few artists that truly stood out, although there was a lot of talent present. Lift and the glass studio were the most impressive. Wedge Brewery was a welcome respite from the sun and heat. Not as compact as I had been led to believe, be prepared to walk a... More

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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190 reviews 190 reviews
27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Art lovers love this place and it is easy to understand why. Various small studios built into old buildings, warehouses, and so on. It's like falling into an endless art gallery where you can watch many artists at work simultaneously. Park the car, take a long stroll, check out the art, stop at a cafe, enjoy yourself and immerse yourself... More

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TravelingGal99
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Some terrific artists but the "district" is very spread out. Quite a few good shops along the entry road. Some dazzling restaurants further down by the river. More galleries there also. Give it most of a day if you really want to see it.

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Yokohama, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Asheville city used good sense and gave over a lot of old buildings to artists to use as workshops. The result is an amazing artist colony, where you can easily walk from one atelier to another. The artists are making their products and selling them directly. I was especially taken with the ceramic work of Akira Satake, which you'll find... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
75 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very retro and lots of color on exterior of buildings. Visited some of the shops and loved the ambiance of the area. Fun place to visit and shop that is unique to the Arts District.

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asheville, nc
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124 reviews 124 reviews
32 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I enjoy walking through the galleries, talking to the artists on the weekends when they are doing their semi-annual shows. I rarely buy anything, but it is fun to see those who are working and talk to those who are making unusual pieces. This year I talked to a man who paints over metal and a woman whose paintings include... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The variety of art available is amazing. Wear comfortable shoes and take time to talk and get to know some of the artists.

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