Asheville’s River Arts District has everything for holidays

Asheville’s River Arts District is the former industrial area southwest of downtown – along the French Broad River – where more than 180 artists and artisans make and/or display their work in an eclectic assortment of buildings. The disciplines are far-ranging: ceramics, painting, jewelry, furniture, glass, photography, mosaic and more.

You can see their work at various craft shows, but in the River Arts District ( you can see many in one visit – and often as they work.

A prime weekend is coming up: The River Arts District Studio Stroll, Nov. 9-10, is staged in 19 historic buildings along the river; there will be artist demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

Greyline Trolley will give free shuttles among the studio buildings on both days, with various convenient stops. Strollers can take a break at eateries in the district.

Stroll brochures are available at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, River Arts District studios and galleries around town. There will be an information booth at the intersection of Clingman Avenue, Lyman Street, Roberts Street and Depot Street. Cost: free. JB