Downtown Asheville Art Galleries, Asheville (Self Guided)

Home to over a dozen of art galleries, the city of Asheville has an incredible "army" of talented artists. Their craftsmanship is epic and their work exceeds all known boundaries, thus transforming Asheville into a city where creation and art never sleeps. Take the following tour to roar the streets in search of stunning artistic treasures.
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Downtown Asheville Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Downtown Asheville Art Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Asheville (See other walking tours in Asheville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: HelenF
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American Folk Art and Framing

1) American Folk Art and Framing

Even though American Folk Art and Framing does not own much space, it strives to promote the most expressive and fascinating works of art representing modern Southern folk art. The gallery encourages self-taught artists to bring out their craftsmanship and share it with the curious people of the city of Asheville. Here, one will see stunning paintings, pottery and sculptures bearing various folk motives. Everybody is encouraged to come daily from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm, and Sundays from noon to 5pm.
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Haen Gallery

2) Haen Gallery

This incredibly spacious gallery displays contemporary paintings tastefully arranged within its exhibition area. Haen Gallery has works by artists such as Clayton Santiago, Stephen Pentak, Lennon Michalski, etc. One can contemplate these artistic treasures on Monday till Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm.
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Blue Spiral 1

3) Blue Spiral 1

Blue Spiral 1 is a three-storey, 14,000 sq. ft. “treasure-box”, where the most exquisite works created by talents of the Southeast dwell. Its interior features a perfect environment for objects of art, which here at Blue Spiral 1 are quite diverse. Since 1991, the year when the gallery opened, it has organized various exhibitions; today it holds over 15 annually. These exhibits display items of fine art, two-dimensional works and paintings. Blue Spiral 1 is open Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 6pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.
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Ariel Gallery

4) Ariel Gallery

Ariel Gallery began its journey into the world of contemporary art in 2002, just around the time when artist-owned galleries were blooming in the city of Asheville. Open seven days a week from 10:30 am till 5:30 pm, this prosperous gallery is unique in its welcoming atmosphere and also in its diverse collection, which comprises elements made of ceramics, glass, fiber and wood.
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Bender Gallery

5) Bender Gallery

Bender Gallery is a unique venue exhibiting gorgeous contemporary glass art, featuring interesting shapes and attractive colors. Artists such as Mark Abildgaard, Dan Neil Barnes and Charles Bartholf display their works here at Asheville’s best glass art gallery. Bender is open Monday through Saturday between 10am and 6pm, Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.
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Asheville Gallery of Art

6) Asheville Gallery of Art

At Asheville Gallery of Art artists share their experience and feelings with the audience through their magnificent work. Talents such as Sandra Brugh Moore, Christine Siegfried and John Anderson are just a few of the many who exhibit their masterpieces here. Within the colorful, very diverse space of the gallery, one will find touching watercolors, acrylics, etchings, etc. Contemplate the works Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.
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Woolworth Walk

7) Woolworth Walk

Woolworth Walk features a 20,000 sq. ft. exhibition area, displaying works of art by over 150 artists and artisans. Everybody who has an eye for unique fine art will pick up on the original viewpoints of the displayed artists. The beautiful crafts, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and photography are presented to delight visitors and at the same time to promote and support arts in Asheville. Woolworth is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 7pm and Sundays between 11am and 5pm.
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The Satellite Gallery

8) The Satellite Gallery

The Satellite Gallery, just like any other gallery is first and foremost a promoter of young talents. It especially highlights outsider art and folk art, thus one will definitely see graffiti and graphic design, which these days evolve like blooming branches of contemporary art. At the Satellite, self-taught artists are particularly welcome.

Walking Tours in Asheville, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Asheville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping in Asheville is an elaborate activity, so one will definitely need a good deal of time to prepare for this exciting adventure through the city streets, which are packed with shops, little stores and craft galleries. Take the following tour and visit the most renowned and interesting shops of Asheville.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Asheville

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Asheville

In the city of Asheville there are plenty of entertaining venues for your little ones. Educational museums, theaters, creative lounges and chocolate shops are plentiful and welcoming. Take the following tour and experience, together with your kids, the sweet adventure of childhood.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Churches in Asheville

Churches in Asheville

The city of Asheville has tons of offerings to all visitors who come to discover its dazzling religious architectural monuments. Each street corner is another door to a new, interesting denomination. On this tour, you will definitely observe the diversity that dominates within the architecture of religious venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Night Venues in Asheville

Night Venues in Asheville

Are you eager to spend a great night out in Asheville? Well, charge your life energy batteries and let’s go! The city has everything you are looking for: freshly made beer, good live music and the best cocktails. The following self-guided nightlife tour will help you find a suitable place to get your party started!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Asheville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Asheville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Asheville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.