The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville’s reputation as a vibrant arts community and “The Paris of the South.”
Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city’s center, you’ll find unparalleled diversity, from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.
Along the way, you’ll discover three museums, the Southeast’s only gallery focusing exclusively on illustration art, the city’s largest artist gallery, contemporary glass sculpture from around the world, and traditional crafts by nationally-acclaimed artists, many of whom live in Western North Carolina. You’ll discover why Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists for generations, and in the process, you’ll make memories of your own. It’s one of the reasons why Asheville is consistently ranked as a top travel destination any time of the year.
The upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Walks take place April through December.
You’ll find a complete listing of DAAD galleries, including a map with locations and contact information, in the Downtown Gallery Guide, available at each participating gallery, the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Pack Place.