Arts & Culture

Immerse Yourself in Arts and Culture: Exploring West Jefferson and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Uncover the vibrant tapestry of arts and culture woven into the fabric of West Jefferson, NC, and its neighboring towns such as Boone. Nestled amid the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, this scenic region offers a myriad of unique options for travelers seeking an enriching cultural experience.

Dive into the local arts scene by visiting Ashe County Arts Council, a hub for creativity showcasing works by talented regional artists. From captivating exhibitions to interactive workshops, there's something to ignite your artistic spirit. 

For a taste of Appalachian heritage, explore the Ashe County History Museum, where exhibits delve into the rich history and traditions of the area. Discover the stories of the resilient people who have called these mountains home for generations. Catch a show at Horn in the West in Boone, visit Ashe County Cheese to learn how cheese is made (and to taste samples), Glendale Springs isn't far to visit Churches of the Frescoes and Blowing Rock is also home to many local art galleries.

Venture into downtown West Jefferson, where quaint galleries and studios line the streets, offering a glimpse into the creative pulse of the community. And there are plenty of West Jefferson Antique Shops. Don't miss the chance to stroll through the murals adorning the town, each telling a story of the region's past and present.

Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of West Jefferson and the Blue Ridge Mountains, where every corner reveals a new facet of creativity and heritage. Whether you're admiring local artwork, exploring historical sites, or simply soaking in the scenic beauty, this region promises an unforgettable cultural journey.

R.T. Morgan Art

Local art in both two & three dimensions! This studio gallery in downtown West Jefferson offers original paintings, sculpture, glass creations and jewelry by area artists, including R. T. Morgan and Glass by Camille.

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Ashe Arts Center

The Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson is the hub of Ashe Country artistic culture. Exhibits from local artists are rotated through our gallery, which also hosts concerts and a gift shop. Make this your first stops in WJ.

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Catch Light Gallery

CatchLight Gallery, located in downtown West Jefferson Arts District, is the only photography gallery in Northwest NC dedicated to representing some of the most talented fine art photographers in the state of North Carolina.

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Tonya Bottomley Art

High Country artist Tonya Bottomley specializes in abstract mixed media paintings. Her work can be found at Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery in West Jefferson and Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk.

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Originals Only Gallery

Original works of art by two of Ashe County's favorite artists, Joan Stiles Bell and Lenore De Pree. Also featuring fine handcrafted wood furniture by Tom Sternal and pottery by David and Sherry Hoffman.

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Florence Thomas Art School

We are proud sponsors of the Florence & Paul Thomas Art School. Affordable classes for all ages are offered throughout the year, covering a wide-range of mediums and styles. Stop by and visit the gallery & shop! Buy local, buy art, make art!

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