Posted on October 12, 2016
Weaverville Art Safari Showcases Local Artist Community, October 29 & 30
Weaverville, NC—While the Western North Carolina mountains are known for vibrant fall foliage, Weaverville adds its own kind of color to the season with the bi-annual Weaverville Art Safari.
Held October 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free Weaverville Art Safari is a chance to experience the creativity that’s part of Asheville’s renowned art scene. Rated one of the top Studio Art Tours in Asheville, this fall’s tour showcases 41 artists.
New changes for the fall event includes more artists showcasing their works in downtown Weaverville. Those looking to go off the beaten path can still visit artists’ studio in North Buncombe County using the event’s free map and guide.
The event is so popular that many visitors return seasonally. “We love it when we hear our attendees say they come to our area just for the Art Safari,” says Cindy Ireland, event board president and owner of Roundhouse Studios.
Many participating artists create exclusive collections for Art Safari, while others host special sales. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and converse with acclaimed artists, and discover more about the process that goes into each piece,” says Steven Forbes-deSoule, a participating artist and creator of raku pottery.
The event is self-guided with a relaxed pace that encourages guests to linger and explore. “The Art Safari is akin to a treasure hunt,” say Leah Baker, a participating artist and founder of Luminosa Lighting. “Every stop reveals something new and provides a glimpse into the artist’s daily life. Every studio is unique and different, so each place provides a different thrill.”
All artists sell pieces from their collections during the Art Safari, and many also give away door prizes. This year’s event boasts artists who specialize in painting, photography, fine art, ceramics, pottery, metals, jewelry, fiber art, glass, woodworking, mixed media, and sculpture.
Guests looking to plan their visits can pick up Weaverville Art Safari brochures containing maps and artist information at greater Asheville-area galleries, the Asheville Visitors Center, restaurants, and shops beginning in October. Brochures will also be distributed from an Art Safari information booth located on Main Street in Weaverville on October 29 and 30. A downloadable brochure with map and full details about participating artists is also available at www.weavervilleartsafari.
com. If you would like to be kept up to date on Art Safari activities be sure to register for e-mail updates.