was_logo_2013-08-06was_logo_2013-08-06   April 26 - 27 Asheville, North Carolina, has a justified reputation as an artist’s haven. Downtown has galleries galore, and then there’s the River Arts District, where small artist’s studios mingle with large industrial businesses. Admittedly, not every artist in town is a rock star, but part of the charm is finding the proverbial diamond in the rough.   If you really want to explore, though, there’s the Weaverville Art Safari.  Who said Asheville has the art market cornered? Weaverville, about a ten-minute drive north of Asheville, has artists and craftspeople who deserve the chance to be seen. And that’s what the Weaverville Art Safari offers.   A Safari? The organizers call it a safari because it’s a self-guided tour through the neighborhoods of Weaverville and nearby Barnardsville. Once you have a map, follow the signs to the houses and studios of many fine area artists. Forty of them, in fact. [caption id="attachment_1427" align="alignright" width="200"]Photo courtesy of Tacy Apostolik Photo courtesy of
Tacy Apostolik[/caption]   At each home studio, you can walk right in and look around. Ask questions. Get the inside scoop on that special piece that caught your eye. And it’s all absolutely free.   Brochures are scattered around the Greater Asheville area at many galleries, restaurants and hotels now through April. You also can find them at the information booth in downtown Weaverville during Art Safari weekend.   The Art Safari brochure contains a map with the locations and addresses of each participating artist studio. Follow the signs or use your GPS to find your way around. Remember that getting there through the streets of Weaverville is part of the fun.   Best Deals on Treasures [caption id="attachment_1425" align="alignright" width="200"]Photo courtesy of Tacy Apostolik Photo courtesy of
Tacy Apostolik[/caption] Any experienced art collector can tell you that to get the best deal, you have to go to the source. That’s exactly what the Art Safari enables. You get to scout for treasures, and if you find something, you can get it at a reasonable price.   While you can’t bag any big game on this safari, you can purchase some art to take home. You can find jewelry, paintings, pottery, glass art, woodworking, fiber art, sculpture, garden art, and even furniture. You never know when you’ll find that perfect piece for your home.   Two-and-a-Half-Day Event Like any safari, this one doesn’t last all year. It’s nominally a two-day event, held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26–27. The studios are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on each day.   [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="414"]Photo courtesy of Carla Filippelli Photo courtesy of
Carla Filippelli[/caption] There’s even a preview party that kicks off the weekend. On Friday night, April 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Weaverville’s Town Hall on South Main Street will be abuzz with artists and art aficionados. The event, which costs $10 at the door, will feature a silent auction of donated artwork, food and drink, door prizes, music and more. The proceeds benefit the Weaverville art organization.   [caption id="attachment_1432" align="aligncenter" width="288"]Photo courtesy of Carla Filippelli Photo courtesy of
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