Oh how I love the artist communities of Asheville, North Carolina!
We headed to the mountains to celebrate Jeff’s birthday and spend a little time together – thanks to my mom coming down from Canada to watch over P-Funk.
It was wonderful!
We frequented our favorite haunts… The Thirsty Monk, The Friday Night Drum Circle and The Tupleo Honey Cafe. And found new favorites… Sunny Side Cafe (best breakfast EVER), Bouchon (moule frites served in a variety of flavors) and The Piscah Brewing Company (which is actually in Black Mountain).
My absolute favorite… after the craft beers… was the River Arts District. I had never been over to that part of Asheville and I was inspired to see such an eclectic collection of artists. The old textile brick warehouses that line the streets down by the river have been turned into galleries, working studios, restaurants and brew houses. You can find anything here. Photography, Various styles of Painting, Glass Arts, Ceramics and delicious craft beer.
I loved the glass blowing studio. For $50-$200 you can spending the afternoon learning how to make your own glass piece. The finish piece is available next day so we didn’t participate… but next time this will be my first stop!
I met Cindy Walton in her working gallery and fell in love with her work. She does a mixed media of oil and cold wax on panels. Please check out her portfolio here.
We had a great time, played the tourist and spent quality time with some friends. Here’s hoping it’s not another year before we get back.