Saturday, December 10, 2011

River Arts District - RAD - An Explanation

For those of you not from Asheville or those that haven't been down to the River yet, here's what is happening.

The River Arts District (commonly called RAD) is located along the French Broad River, just minutes from downtown Asheville.  It is a community of artists in the River Arts District committed to creating art, supporting the artists in our neighborhood and producing successful art events such as the Studio Strolls.  Interspersed among these studios are several restaurants to feed all the visitors strolling through the studios as well as the artists themselves.

The Hatchery Building
A list of studios and artists can be downloaded via the RAD Studio Guide.  And if you rent and maintain a studio in Asheville's River Arts District, you may join the River Arts District Artists and participate in the Studio Strolls twice a year in June and November.  Click here to see more on RAD membership.

There are regular studio hours but many studios schedule classes and workshops as well.  Visitors can learn how the artists perform their art or learn more on how to do it themselves.  See the RAD calendar for more information.

The next studio stroll is scheduled for June 9 & 10, 2012.  The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists’ studios in the region, the River Arts District Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artist's demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

Pink Dog Creative Building
Restaurants in the River Arts District include 12 Bones Smokehouse, Clingman Cafe, The Magnetic Field, Roots Cafe at the Grey Eagle, White Duck Taco Shop and The Junction.  Thirsty? Try organic juice and tea at Nourish & Flourish, and our neighborhood Microbrewery: The Wedge Brewing Company.

Getting to and around in the River Arts District is a breeze. Accessible by car from Downtown, West Asheville, and Biltmore Village, there is plenty of parking. Catch the trolley at Riverview Station or any of the stops listed on the map. An Information Booth is located at the 5 points intersection of Dept Street across from the Clingman Cafe.

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