Art Connections Tours with Sherry Masters Art Connections Tours are designed to connect art lovers and collectors with the makers in the most authentic way: one on one, in the places where they do their work in scenic Western North Carolina.
After 20 years of helping guide artists’ careers in one of the nation’s top high-end craft galleries, Sherry Masters shares her deep connections and invites participants inside the studios of leading and emerging artists in a range of media from clay to wood to glass and more. This hand-picked coterie of artists represents the top talent in one of the nation’s foremost regions for fine craft.
Through thoughtfully designed one or two-day itineraries, participants in Art Connections tours go inside the studios of working artists. Watching an object turned on a lathe, a lump of clay fashioned into a simple, beautiful functional object, participants will hear from the artist as he or she describes the decisions, both aesthetic and practical, that go into making a work of art. With insight into the inspiration and process, a true connection with the artist is forged.
The River Arts District A jewel in the crown of Asheville is how Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy describes theRiver Arts District. This unique neighborhood along the French Broad River is home to more than 165 artists with working studios located in 18 turn-of-the-century industrial buildings.
For more information, visit www.riverartsdistrict.com. A must see destination in the RAD includes Riverview Station, home to over 40 artists including basketry artist Matt Tommey, wood turner Marty Libman, painter Jonas Gerard and master potter Sarah Rolland and the Village Potters.
The Folk Art Center The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library and Allanstand Craft Shop. Beginning in March each year, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby. The Folk Art Center is located in east Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a five minute drive from downtown.
Downtown Gallery District The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.
Biltmore Village Shops & Galleries Built in the late 1890's as a classic planned community at the entrance to George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Historic Biltmore Village today is truly one of the South's most unique touring and shopping environments. Because of its history, its range of unique independent, locally-owned retailers, and its fine restaurants, Historic Biltmore Village has an international reputation.
It's the way shopping used to be - relaxed and enjoyable with top quality merchandise at realistic prices and wonderful customer service. Enjoy quaint tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, open air dining, original historic houses from the 1900's, all combined with amazing collections of one-of-a-kind merchandise of true quality and value. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING is available on the streets of Biltmore Village. Also, public parking is located underneath the retail stores at 10 Brook Street, entrance next to Chico's.
For more information, visit http://www.biltmorevillage.com. Must see destinations in Biltmore Village include The Craft Gallery of the Southern Highlands and New Morning Gallery.
Grovewood Gallery Enter the rustic iron gates of Grovewood and discover a magical experience of art, craft, history, and Old World charm. Stroll the beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, visit a working artist’s studio, marvel at a fine collection of rare automobiles from yesteryear, discover a bit of Asheville’s early history, and feast your eyes on an expansive collection of fine American craft at one of the nation’s premier galleries. Experience Grovewood. The best of Asheville in one captivating place.
For more information, visit http://www.grovewood.com. Grovewood is considered one of the best fine craft galleries in the country.