A long history of craft and creativity in Beaverdam Valley in North Asheville continues today with the Beaverdam Studio Tour. The current iteration of the tour reimagines tours that took place in the Beaverdam Valley in the 1970s and 1980s. When designer Karen and ceramist Robert Milnes moved to Asheville, they posted online the goal of starting a new tour in the area. Within a week or so almost 20 artists had responded, and the tour has been running since.
The Beaverdam Studio Tour is an artist-run tour of studios easily reachable from Beaverdam Road in North Asheville. The tour takes place the last weekend of October each year from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge to visit the artists’ studios and see their practice, ask questions about their process, and buy works directly from the artists.
The Beaverdam Studio Tour artists work in a variety of media including clay, glass, metals, digital and mixed media, encaustic, oil and acrylic paint, and photography. The tour includes guest artists each year. In 2023, for instance, 5 guest artists working in glass, jewelry, painting, and textiles will be participating. While a number of the artists are Asheville natives, many of the artists have had long and successful careers in different parts of the country prior to living and creating art and craft in the Asheville area.
Hours: Held every year on the last weekend of October
Saturday, October 28, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, October 29, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm