Finding the Best in Asheville

Sometimes the loveliest experiences are found at home. While sitting tight for a bit, and with no plans to travel just yet, I’ve been exploring the amazing choices offered here in Asheville. And although I’ve lived here for quite a while, I’m always amazed by the breath of choices here in this small town.

First, I recently had the pleasure of going to the 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Patton Avenue. Their intimate setting is perfect for their display of residential and private collectors. They showcase everything from paintings and sculptures to glass and ceramics. Last week, I was spellbound by Linda Cheek’s exhibit entitled “Seasons on the French Broad.” Her paintings showed the changing seasons on the French Broad River. Gorgeous.

Then, I enjoyed another afternoon at the most divine location here in Asheville. The Ariel Craft Gallery is not to be missed by residents and visitors alike. This is a gallery that’s actually owned and operated by the artists – so you’ll always have an artist on hand when you go to visit. They first opened in April of 2002 and they are now located on Biltmore Avenue.

You never quite know what you’ll find at the Ariel Gallery, as their displays of sculptures, glass, fiber, clay, mixed media and others are always changing as they feature new artists and showcase others.

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