If you want to know where the wild things are, you don’t always have to venture into the woods. This urban walk features animals that are, or were, indigenous to this area. These include wild turkey, fox, panther, black bear, chipmunks, and even white squirrels. Beginning with a red wolf in downtown, the sculpture project has expanded to include 20 animals, one abstract sculpture, and three giant musical instruments (the last of which has yet to be installed but is 12′ tall). And although most of these steel, bronze, copper marble and stone sculptures are downtown, some are a bit farther out and may require a short drive.
4th Friday Gallery Walk
From April to December, downtown’s twenty galleries and a changing coterie of local merchants extend their hours well into the evening to accommodate shoppers and art aficionados alike. Oftentimes, individual events are accompanied by wine, hors d’oeurvres, and live music. The Art Walk is a great excuse to stroll beneath the street lamps at one of the loveliest times of the day, whet your appetite for a meal at one of the many surrounding restaurants, and maybe find something exceptional to add to your collection.
To learn more about the studios and shops that participate in the 4th Friday Gallery Walk, step right this way.
Scenic 276 Arts Corridor
Strictly speaking, 276 South is a narrow ribbon of highway that winds out of Brevard, skirting the edges of the mountains (thereby providing occasionally impressive views) all the way to the South Carolina line. But dotted along that leafy thoroughfare is a renowned collection of galleries and studios that are home to some of Western North Carolina’s finest craftspeople. Many have open studios, some have open classes and at least a few offer fine porches to sit a spell and admire the scenery.
You’ll find driving directions and participating studios here.