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Address: Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828) 552-4723
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My wife and I went on the walking tour this month. We enjoyed meeting and talking with various artists and looking at their work. I purchased 2 pieces from Curve. I like the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Etowah, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy art of any kind you must visit this gem. There are over 180 artists within a few square miles in this river-front neighborhood. The "RAD" is only a couple (hilly) miles from downtown and rather than just galleries it's a mix of open studios and gallery presentations. The price-points range from $50- $20k +. You could easily... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Watch glass blowing, hear the artists explain their work. Go into the studios to see all different forms of art. Figure on spending a couple of hours walking. Nice cafe there too with healthy food, next to Jonas Gerard Fine Art.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

First of all, prepare to walk. It's one area, yes, but these studios are not close. And it's an old industrial area so wear good shoes. Standard artistic fare, but all the artists were exceptionally friendly. Look up the different studios and find one for you!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is the place to go if you are wanting some great art. I sprawls over several streets and areas along the French broad river west of Asheville. Not that fat from downtown, just ask or follow the signs. it was a bit confusing for us to start. I would def. suggest going to Asheville visitors center and get a... More 

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Etowah, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My wife and I went on the walking tour this month. We enjoyed meeting and talking with various artists and looking at their work. I purchased 2 pieces from Curve. I like the deconstructed buildings and the ability to walk into working studios by artists. I definitely recommend lunch at 12 bones.

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denton, tx
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We hadn't been to Asheville in 4 or 5 years and found the River Arts District had come a long ways. And will continue to do so. We had great conversations with several of the artists and craftspeople. And there's a good and different taco place there too.

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Asheville
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have in the last for and a half years visited this area of Asheville and visited some fabulous art shops, music events, river events and discovered some of the best dining in the areas restaurants ! You need to check out this area. It is the up and coming area in Asheville !

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Wish I would have had more time to walk and admire the amazing gathering of art! The different studios were very open and inviting. Definitely will return!

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Stafford Township, NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Nice selection of arts from pottery, glass blowing, painting, etc. It's enjoyable because you can meet the artists and watch them as they work. Big selection to choose from if you're in the market to purchase..

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had enough energy to enjoy three galleries, and would love to stay through the weekend to enjoy the Arts fair.

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