585 Hwy 9
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: (828) 669-9950
Fax: (828) 669-1165
Arts & Museums
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a hub of culture in Western North Carolina. The Center houses monthly art exhibits in which often includes folk art and the work of local artists. A particular favorite in the community are the featured art classes and workshops that are held here. Although rare, on occasion the Black Mountain Center for the Arts hosts a theater production. Located in the Black Mountain's old city hall, this establishment brings well-appreciated art and events to the local community.
While you're enjoying all the beauty that the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer, don't forget to stop by the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 along the parkway. This is the most popular spot along the parkway. The center explains the history of Southern Appalachian craftsmanship. There are three galleries with changing exhibits, a craft shop, a library and an auditorium. Several of the thousands of pieces from the guild's turn-of-the-century permanent craft collection can be seen at certain times throughout the year.
Boasting a rich heritage in fine crafting, this site is home not only to the Grovewood Gallery, but also the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, North Carolina Homespun Museum and Grovewood Café. Named the country's Top Craft Gallery in 2003, you'll find an upscale shopping experience with exquisite art for the home and garden in metal, wood, clay, fabrics, glass and more from the nation's finest artisans. This is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind gift or accent for your home.
Since 1965, 19 vintage automobiles and a few horse drawn carriages have called this long, narrow cottage home. Almost half of the cars are vintage 1920s models. What sets this car museum apart from most others is the cars are all in original mint running condition! From a 1913 Tin Lizzie to a 1959 Edsel Corsair, these cars speak to a bygone era of luxury in personal transportation. Give yourself at least 40 minutes for this attraction, conveniently located across from the fabulous Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. -Nadine Naujoks
This venue was founded as a humble vocational school for mountain boys that taught woodworking and weaving arts. Over the years it was transformed into the booming Biltmore Industries, producing almost a thousand yards of fine homespun wool per day. Experience this amazing transformation through photographs and video. Memorabilia includes antique tools and tailored suits made from the fabrics that were the rage in 1920s New York City, sold world round, and even worn by presidents. The industry was hit hard by the Great Depression, was briefly revived, but never fully recovered. Commercial production declined, and finally halted in the 1980s. Weaving is demonstrated on a 60-year-old commercial four-harness loom. -Nadine Naujoks
Step back in time and walk the old brick sidewalks of Biltmore Village. Enjoy shopping at the many unique and charming shops that make up the village. When you are ready for a bite to eat, there are restaurants to suit everyone's taste, from quaint coffee shops to the roomy, festive Mexican fare of LaPaz. This village sits at the entrance of the Biltmore House Estate and beckons to be discovered. There is even a museum that houses the history of the village through maps, photos and more.
Located in Historic Biltmore Village, New Morning Gallery is undoubtedly the best when it comes to displaying diverse art forms under one roof. Check out the stunning furniture collection, wall hangings, jewelry and ceramics on display. Spread over 12,300 square feet of spacious interiors, this place has encouraged the decorative skills of American artists for more than three decades. The next-door Bellagio Art to Wear is its sister store, while the third store, Blue Spiral 1, is on Biltmore Avenue. Visit their website if you want to catch a glimpse of the treasures. Custom orders are welcome. Call +1 800 933 4438 (Toll free).
Originally the Young Men's Institute, established back in 1893, the YMI building has now become the YMI Cultural Center. The center's main focus is on three program areas: the Cultural Arts, Economic Development and Community Education. Some of their biggest events include the Goombay Festival, a Kwanzaa Celebration and a Soul Food Dinner Theater. Hoping to build a stronger community with its emphasis on the cultural heritage of the area and through artistic expression, the center offers many exhibits for viewing.
Opened in 1991, Blue Spiral 1 encompasses 14,000 square feet of artistic space spread across three floors. Notable creations by Southeastern artists are presented and promoted throughout the year by way of various exhibitions. If you are an admirer of fine art, check out the magnificent paintings, sculptures and photographs displayed at this elegant location on Biltmore Avenue.
Kid boredom has a cure: it is The Health Adventure located at Pack Place right in the heart of Asheville. Exhibits, science camps, and much more, The Health Adventure strives to combine fun and learning for kids of all ages. Group visits are welcome and can be scheduled by calling the main office.
North Carolina's mineral fields contain the greatest variety of minerals in the nation. Burnham Standish Colburn was fascinated with these minerals and acquired quite a collection. The retired bank president formed the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society in 1927. Now housed at Pack Place these specimens can be viewed along with other exhibits throughout the year.
The home collection of 20th-century American art is always on display at the Asheville Art Museum. The museum also hosts several guest exhibits in all types, styles and forms. Lose yourself in the rich variety of beauty and talent on display, you will not be disappointed.