As its name implies, Trackside Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District sits adjacent to the railroad tracks at 375 Depot Street. The building was built in 1910 and served industrial purposes until it became a commercial photography business in 1987. Today, Trackside Studios fills the space with a vibrant and diverse range of art and craft. Managers Julie Bell, Lynn Stanley, and Michael Allen Campbell now show and create their own work in 2,700 square feet of gallery space that also showcases the work of an additional 30 local artists.
Trackside Studios artists greet visitors daily and answer questions while also beading, working with textiles, creating glass mosaics, quilling, sculpting with wire, or painting. The friendly and fun “Trackside Vibe” is complemented by three large windows that overlook the tracks and usher in a wealth of natural light.
Visitors to Trackside Studios can buy handcrafted items including jewelry, fiber sculpture, glass mosaics, mixed media assemblage, wire trees, and pottery. Three dimensional offerings include the traditional crafts of quilling and serigraphy. Other work from Trackside artists includes watercolor, acrylics, oil, cold wax and encaustic, and photography. Some Trackside Studios artists also offer private and small group classes.
Hours: Daily, 10 am- 5pm (11 am-4 pm, January through March)