Asheville is a city known for its creative energy. A great area to explore the local art scene is the River Arts District (known as RAD). In the past few years, hundreds of artists have set up shop in the renovated industrial warehouse galleries along the river.
My favorite stop is Element Ceramic Studio on Depot Street where artist Heather Knight displays her porcelain creations inspired by the natural world. I had admired her work from cyberspace on Etsy so it was a real treat to see the artist in her workspace, view her pieces in person and bring home a meaningful souvenir.