Asheville Arts

Asheville is such an artsy place – so many artists and so much talent.

Being soap makers, we love meeting fellow soapers. Victor Taylor owns a great soap shop,  Appalachian Naturals, in downtown Asheville.

Victor Taylor of Appalachian Naturals
Victor Taylor of Appalachian Naturals

Even though we have enough soap to last us a lifetime, we LOVE buying other soapers products and love talking to them about the process. Victor was so much fun to talk to about his family business. If you are ever in Asheville, check out his shop or you can email order from his website. We also saw his soap at many of the stores we visited during our trip.

This is what we brought home from his shop. Dave is anxious to try the Neem and I look forward to using the Rosemary Lemon Poppyseed. Yum!


We also visited the River Arts District where artists’ studios are open to meet artists, watch them work, and buy goodies. We stopped in the Asheville Glass Center and bought these two lovely glasses.


We did visit a fiber artist’s studio. Her stuff was lovely, but she didn’t have time to talk with us. We were the only ones in the studio except for her assistant. She was more interested in photographing her pieces. Her assistant ended up answering questions. I would have bought one of her scarves which she was taking pictures of that were displayed on the wall,  but it was evident that she was not interested in my money. Enough said.

Later in the trip we went to Blowing Rock and at the Main Street Gallery we met Cathy Taylor. It’s so funny. Last year I was thinking about going to Create in Chicago and the class I really wanted to take was Cathy’s! Cathy and I chatted away like old friends. Cathy has a book coming out, Pigments of Your Imagination: Creating with Alcohol Inks. 

Another real neat shop in Blowing Rock was Handtiques. This shop sells art from all over the US. I’m enjoying my morning tea in my new mug from that shop.

newmugWhen we stopped in the Mast General Store, I found this new masher. Yeah!

masherHere are some hopefully inspirational pictures from around Asheville.



Loved this bathroom!








Even the food was a work of art!

villagecafeIt’s been fun sharing our trip with you. Now back to some art. Yesterday I fired up my indigo pot, so I’ll be posting some of those results soon. Thanks for dropping by.