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River Oaks Studio

19 reviews
About River Oaks Studio
This is the working basketry studio and gallery of internationally acclaimed sculptural basketry artist, Matt Tommey located in the heart of Asheville's River Arts District - home to over 200 working artists and 25 studio buildings in renovated warehouses dating from the early 1900's. Matt works primarily in vines, branches and bark that he harvests from the mountains of Western North Carolina to create one of a kind sculptural art baskets. Enjoy a tour of the studio and a lively conversation with Matt about his latest creation.
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Asheville, NC
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

Within this studio are some truly unique baskets. I'm not talking baskets like you found on a trip to the Caribbean or the Southwest. My wife especially liked the ones that incorporate some metal. I wish I'd brought my camera, but I'm sure you can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob J
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

The local artist of Asheville are so talented. It was an amazing experience to see and speak with the artists. Look ahead and see when they open up all the studios in the art district as this event only happens 2 times a year!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Chris H
Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Matt Tommey's Asheville studio is an immersion in statistic expression, entrepreneurship and southern hospitality! You'll get a chance to view a gallery of his amazing sculptural baskets and see him at work in the studio. If it's not busy, you'll be entertained by a...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Linda D
Reviewed July 10, 2016

We visited lots and lots of stores and galleries while in Asheville. We found River Oaks studio / Matt Tommey Sculptural Art Baskets to be the most unwelcoming place. Upon entering we viewed their basket art on display and could hear people in the back...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank nowincolorado
Matt T, Owner at River Oaks Studio, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2016

Sorry you felt you had a bad experience. As you mentioned, we always say hello but if people don't go further with interaction, we try to respect their space and allow them to enjoy the gallery on their own. It's also a little hard to...More

Reviewed July 6, 2016

If you’re near or in the River Arts District, Matt Tommey’s baskets are definitely worth seeing. He makes beautiful sculptural baskets, both for functional use and to display. All are made from locally harvested vines, branches, and bark. I think they are appropriate for virtually...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank KenCookie
Reviewed June 3, 2016

While visiting Asheville, I stopped by the River Arts District and the River Oaks Studio. I met Matt Tommy, the artist/sculptor of these gorgeous sculptural art baskets. He uses all sorts of natural materials to incorporate into some of his sculptural art baskets and wall...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank StacyAnn726
Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Definitely put this on your list of must see studios in Asheville's River Arts District! I can't wait to visit again and bring friends and family to see Matt's gallery of finished pieces as well as the behind the scenes basketry materials and processes.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank KatieGrove
Reviewed April 6, 2015

Beautiful baskets in a truly artsy setting. This studio is worth a visit for the opportunity to see fine craft show-quality pieces and a real artist's workshop.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Kristina H
Reviewed March 27, 2015

I visited Vine Baskets by Matt Tommey with my husband and it was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed the art and the atmosphere. The studio was beautiful, and Matt was so welcoming and kind. I would definitely recommend a visit, and we will return when we...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Nrcrispi
Reviewed February 18, 2015

I visited on a grey January day, and it was a highlight of my visit to Asheville. The opportunity to see the workshop, the work, and talk to such a talented artist is remarkable. Matt was generous with his time and my questions, and his...More

Date of experience: January 2015
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