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The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

The River Arts District Studio Stroll is November 12th & 13th. A Rare Opportunity to See Asheville’s Artists at Work

November 7th, 2011 by abedofroses

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Asheville is a mecca for artists and creatives of all types and the River Arts District  (RAD) is the place to find them. RAD is a hotbed of creative activity with at least 150 artists living and working just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Warehouses and historic buildings along the French Broad River have been converted to studios and galleries intermingled with restaurants and cafés and even a microbrewery! This weekend is a rare opportunity to see the artists at work. All 150+ studios are open to the public at the same time! It only happens twice a year and lots of artists’ demonstrations and festivities are expected, including hands-on activities. You’ll get a chance to talk to the artists and see a huge variety of art with everything from sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, jewelry and furniture to paintings in every medium you can imagine.

Artist at Curve Gallery

Constance Williams doing encaustic painting at Curve Gallery

The event is free and so is parking. A free trolley is available as well that you can hop on at any of it’s 8 stops. An information booth will be set up at the five-points intersection across from the Clingman Café. This is the perfect time to find that holiday gift that is one of a kind and will come with the story of how you met the artist who created it! Take a break from shopping and have lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse on Saturday- another rare opportunity since the studio stroll weekends are the only 2 times a year that 12 Bones opens on Saturday!

Directions:

From Downtown Asheville-

  • Take Patton Avenue West
  • Merge right into traffic circle to cross Patton and take a left onto Clingman Ave.
  • Turn left to stay on Clingman Ave. until you reach the 5 points intersection.

From Biltmore Village-

  • Take Biltmore Avenue North
  • Left on Meadow Road
  • Meadow will turn into Lyman which runs into the 5 points intersection

From North-

  • Take 19/23 South to Patton Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

From South-

  • Take I-26 West to I-240
  • Take Exit 1C, Amboy Rd.
  • Turn left onto Lyman Street

From East-

  • Take I-240 West to Exit 4-C, Montford Ave
  • Turn right on Montford Ave.
  • Turn left on Hill Street (before the visitors center)
  • Take a left on Riverside Drive

From West-

  • Take I240 East to Exit 4-B, Patton Ave
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

 

 

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