Momentum Gallery, photographed by Anastasiia Photography.
Asheville, a bucolic city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for its amazing gardens and plentiful trails, abundance of breweries, and great local shops. But it’s also home to a thriving art scene that locals and visitors alike enjoy. “Asheville is a city full of talented artists, with galleries and venues that support them,” Meagan Harris, The Scout Guide Asheville editor shares. “From visual arts, pottery, and hand-blown glass, to cool crafts, funky music, theater and film, you can find it all in Asheville.” Here, Harris shares her current list of not-to-be-missed galleries in and around Asheville.
MOMENTUM GALLERY // Downtown Asheville, 24 N Lexington Avenue
“Momentum offers a contemporary and modern program with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery is an easily accessible, street-level space and their mission is to provide compelling, museum-quality art to clients. Curated exhibitions featuring exceptional paintings, original prints, and innovative sculpture refresh regularly in the main spaces and smaller adjoining galleries. Owners Jordan and Shifra Ahlers have truly created a destination for art collectors in Asheville.”
Photography by Rachael McIntosh Photography.
TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY // South Slope, 188 Coxe Avenue
“This cool, sparse space has an edgy, New York City feel and the owner Tracey is super approachable and lovely. The gallery specializes in contemporary photography, works on paper, painting, sculpture, and installations by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad. The gallery’s focus is to guide both experienced and new collectors through the process of acquiring art works from emerging and established artists. Locals and out-of-town collectors seek out this special gallery.”
WOOLWORTH WALK // Downtown Asheville, 25 Haywood Street
“The historic F.W. Woolworth Building delivers a unique experience for visitors, as you can browse the all-local art collection while sipping a milkshake from their old-fashioned soda fountain. This unique venue allows local artists to connect with art lovers and to share their passion in creating art.”
Photography by Francisco Troconis.
CONTEMPORANEO GALLERY // Downtown Asheville, 4 Biltmore Avenue
“The focus of this gallery is contemporary art, specifically, artists who push the boundaries through subject, mediums, materials, and ideas. With a broad representation, you’ll find artists from all over the world here, as well as local and regional ones. You can spend hours talking to the gallery owners, Francisco and Gary, about their passion for the artists they represent.”
WEDGE STUDIOS // River Arts District, 129 Roberts Street
“The Wedge is home to a distinctive collection of artists studios, retail stores, brewery, wine bar, and restaurant, where visitors can easily spend the better part of a day. However, the real draw are the studios, where 30+ artists come together to work, experiment, and exhibit.”
Photography by Taylor Heery.
WOODLANDS GALLERY // Hendersonville, 419 N. Main Street
“Just a 20 to 30 minute drive South of Asheville, Woodlands Gallery is curated to maintain a warm, inviting aesthetic, with a collection of natural goods, fibers, and art, all by local artists. It’s evident that curators spend hours searching for local, quality made, nature-inspired artwork and goods to fit everyone’s budget.”
*Please note that due to COVID-19 some of these businesses might be closed or have specific guidelines in place. We recommend calling ahead and/or visiting their websites for the latest information on their status, offerings, etc.