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“Artists at work and their galleries”

River Arts District
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Albany, New York
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Artists at work and their galleries”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Asheville is very much an artists community, and in the downtown, you can view and purchase much local art and crafts. However, in the River Arts District, a bit west of downtown, the galleries also serve as studios for working artists, who we found friendly and willing to stop work to chat with us. There are all sorts of art represented here -- painting, pottery, textiles, sculpture. Ask about the encaustic painting, thousands of years old but only now getting a revival. The galleries are spaced over a few blocks so you may need a car to visit them all. As artists are often the gallery proprietors, not all studio/galleries are open every day. There is no admission and you don't have to buy anything. If you are inclined to buy, and the original artwork is more than you can afford, many artists offer prints or notecards of their work at a smaller cost.

Visited May 2014
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Carbondale, Illinois
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60 reviews
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“A Plethora of craft stores”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Like the rest of Asheville, this place has numerous little craft stores. After a while I thought everything started to look the same, but my wife never seemed to tire of walking through them. Prices for pottery aren't cheap, but there are some very nice pieces there.

Visited May 2014
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boston
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91 reviews
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“Artsy, funky, fun”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This is a great place to stroll around, see artists at work in open studios, and shop. There are some serious artists here selling quality arts/crafts from pottery to paintings to sculpture to blown glass to clothing and accessories. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
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82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Artistic and Funky”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great studios to stroll and see active artists honing their skills and working on their art.The Grey Eagle is great for seeing concerts,and grabbing a beer.

Visited March 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
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104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Lots of Interesting Shops and Studios”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you're into browsing around art/pottery/crafts studios, this is a great place to visit. You have some serious artists here, and it's convenient to park and get around. Highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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