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River Arts District

Asheville, NC
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Ranked #23 of 85 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Some really good artist in this area and it's nice to see them working on their projects. It has some nice restaurant and craft beer to enjoy too

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Atlanta, GA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife is an artist and she thoroughly enjoyed the chance to make her own piece of glasswork at the Asheville Glass Center on Roberts St in the RAD. Walk-in classes to participate in glass blowing are offered everyday except Tuesday and Saturday,...you can pickup your "masterpiece" the next day. The cost of the hands-on class was about $60...allow about... More

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Brandon UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Not sure if we just did not get to the right area, but what we saw was either VERY expensive or just junk.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Has art walk the second weekend of the month when the studios are open for visit. Get chance to talk with the artists and see them work. Great visit! Is spread over a number of blocks and requires much walking. Some very talented artists here. Like a museum visit.

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New Jersey
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176 reviews 176 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is what Venice, California was in the 1960s--the real deal artwise, but not (yet) commercialized to death. We had time to see only about one-third of the studios, yet the work was so good we bought something in every spot (or at least we wanted to). Great to be able to talk with the artists. Plan on spending a... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Don't know how many studios & galleries are there, but one can spend a couple of days just visiting each one. 1 of the glass blowers will let you make a glass tumbler. A lady who does encaustic was very knowledgeable & shared some of her techniques. Lots of artists, lots of styles, great variety of prices.

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Phoenix
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193 reviews 193 reviews
57 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I love walking around and visiting art galleries and having the opportunity to talk with artists. The River Art District is all that. However, the way it is spread out is not very conducive to walking. While it covers only about 1-1/2 miles, it is next to a busy road and there are no walking paths. An artist told us... More

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Beach Lake, PA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Most of the artists seemed amateurish. The few that were good were not worth the visit. We saw much better art at the Biltmore Village.

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baltimore, maryland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Leaving Asheville early in the day, we traveled into town to visit "RAD" as its called. We were there around 9:30 or 10, but a few studios were open, particularly in the "Wedge" grouping. The artists were friendly and did not pressure us to buy. We did buy several items in the Michael Hofman gallery and the Asheville Glass Center... More

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avl, nc
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It was a great day when we went. You get to see old building and watch the different artist do their crafts right in front of you.And then you can buy it. It is amazing how may talented people you can see in a small area. Loved the area

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