By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
For me it was a watermelon tourmaline ring. The ring was synchronicity. I’ve wanted a watermelon tourmaline ring for 20 years. Every now and then I’d visit NEOMA rock shop in Northeast Ohio lusting after slices of the pink and green stone. I’d make
hints to my ex-husband. (Maybe that’s why he’s an ex; he couldn’t hear me.)
Anyway, I could never bring together beauty and budget.
Just two weeks before my trip to Asheville, I’d renewed my quest, searching Etsy.com for the perfect piece. I must have wasted an hour drooling. But nothing was quite me.
Eureka! I stumbled into Bluebird Designs studio in Asheville and knew I couldn’t leave without the chunky sterling silver and gemstone ring.
For your own shopping epiphany, you must get a River Arts District guide. Peruse online, but you’ll save printer ink if you pick up one in town.
Know that 200 artists are housed in a string of 22 converted industrial and historical buildings on a one-mile stretch along the French Broad River. This is not a mall, but a walking or driving tour. You may go by foot and pick up your art later. Or even have it shipped home. We drove because I’d recently had foot surgery.
The studio guide will help you decide which buildings hold the art medium/artists you’re most interested in. And, that will help you make the best use of your time. NOTE: Some studios require climbing stairs
Know that, true to their reputation, artists may keep funky hours. You’re most likely to find them in their studios on weekends.
Tell us about your favorite Asheville artist.